The Aventador's Carbon-Fiber Monocoque
Lamborghini made this jump into the sailboat world by creating an extremely lightweight carbon-fiber foundation for Aventador.
Lamborghini is really the only car manufacturer in the world that has mastered an innovative use of carbon-fiber materials. It didn't take long before the success of Aventador's speed and maneuverability lead to another idea: what if the same technology were used about a sailing boat?
Since Lamborghini is the only car manufacturer that does all of its carbon-fiber work in-house, they decided to find out whether this innovative technology could improve the performance of another Italian racer: the Vento di Sardegna sailboat. Perhaps it seemed like a bit of a stretch at first, but, in theory, the improved carbon-fiber design could help the boat reach faster speeds while maintaining better control in all conditions of water.
Applying Lamborghini Technology to the Boating World
To create a sailboat that could compete in practically any type of event, Lamborghini's Advanced Composite Research Center supervised a construction project that resulted in a completely carbon-fiber canard for Vento di Sardegna. The canard not only has lightweight material that helps it move quickly across the water, it also improves the boat's hydrodynamics so that it works with the water rather than fighting against it.
The results were spectacular. When Vento di Sardegna competed in the Two Handed Transatlantic Race in 2012, it did more than win the competition. It set a new record by completing the regatta in 13 days, 12 hours, and 47 minutes.
The Lamborghini Aventador
The Lamborghini Aventador has spectacular technical specifications that make it one of the best cars anyone could drive legally off of a racecourse. The carbon-fiber monocoque is paired with aluminum front and rear frames to keep the vehicle lightweight and safe.
Lamborghini put its commitment to carbon-fiber and aluminum to the test when designing this vehicle. The engine bonnet is made of carbon fiber and the front bonnet is made of aluminum.
Equipped with a V12engine that pumps out an amazing 700 HP at 8,250 RPM and a maximum torque of 507 lb-ft at 5,500 RPM, this impressive sports car can hit 62 mph from a standstill in just 2.9 seconds. It's top speed of 217 mph makes it most useful on long, straight, lawless roads where police nod in approval, knowing that they could never catch the driver in time to write a ticket anyway.
Lamborghini, of course, has to offer more than excellent performance. A true Lamborghini must have a cool Italian style that puts other cars to shame. Aventador looks like it stepped out of the future to wow the contemporary world. Perhaps it had already shamed all of the vehicles in its future time, so it came to the past in search of more competition.
Aventador is a bit of a showoff. Who can blame it? It sits low against the ground and has doors that lift up toward the sky.
From the front, it looks like a futuristic rabbit giving you one quick smile before lifting into space. From the side, it looks like a no-nonsense insect that has been carefully honed over by millions of years of evolution.
It is one of the coolest, highest performing cars in the world.
Bringing Together Luxury Cars and Boats
The Lamborghini aesthetic obviously rubbed off on Vento di Sardegna. The boat not only uses carbon-fiber technology perfected by Lamborghini, it also has a brash appearance that sets it apart from the competition.
True, it does not look like the Aventador, but that largely comes from the differing demands of asphalt and water. If Aventador were a Transformer, it might very well morph into a boat that looks very much like Vento di Sardegna: it's serious about getting the job done while also playful enough to let competitors know that it will have fun while beating them.
Of course, Vento di Sardegna doesn't have an awesome engine like the Aventador. It does, however, have the ability to harness the power of the wind. Vento di Sardegna has a downwind sail area of 420 square meters and an upwind sail area of 240 square meters. As long as a breeze comes along, Vento di Sardegna can take charge of a competition.
By bringing together luxury car and boat technology, Lamborghini has helped build one of the world's most fabulous sailing yachts with help from the naval architects at Cantieri Dolphin and SC Latina. Both vehicles are worth of their names and sights that anyone would be lucky to see.