Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann has confirmed that his company is not planning on launching a hybrid model in the near future. Still, the automaker wants to lower its fleet-wide level of CO2 emissions by 35 percent before the year 2015.
To achieve that ambitious goal, Lamborghini will fit the 2013 Aventador's V12 engine with an automatic start/stop function and a cylinder deactivation system. Developed in-house, the two systems are expected to reduce the supercar's CO2 emissions by up to seven percent.
Lamborghini added that it will make extensive use of carbon fiber in the construction of its upcoming cars, which will improve gas mileage and reduce emissions by trimming weight.
Once considered an option, hybrid drivetrains have been ruled out because they are heavy and complicated to adapt to Lamborghini's existing models.
“Due to the size of the cars and due to the weight of the hybridisation it would be impossible for our cars to adopt this current technology,” explained Winkelmann to a group of journalists on the sidelines of the Paris Motor Show. “Firstly, it won’t fit, and secondly, it would reduce the cars' power-to-weight ratios by too much.”
Rival Ferrari has confirmed that it will launch its first production-bound hybrid model early next year.