Lamborghini announces pushrod suspensions for Murcielago successor

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 24, 2011

It’s not a secret anymore that the Lamborghini Murcielago successor will be unveiled in March, at the Geneva Motor Show. After the Italian manufacturer revealed us the engine and the new transmission, which will be used by the new supercar, today Lamborghini announced that the new vehicle will also feature a highly sophisticated suspension concept.

The new suspension is inspired by Formula 1 and tuned in order to meet the needs of a high-performance road-going vehicle. Together with aluminum double wishbone suspension and a carbon ceramic brake system, the new lightweight chassis is another element of the new Lamborghibi flagship model.

For those who don’t know, the new car will be powered by a new V12 engine delivering 515 kW / 700 hp. According to Lamborghini, the new suspension was designed in line with the pushrod principle – inspired by Formula 1.

Moreover, the spring/damper elements are not located on the wheel mounts, but connected inboard to the bodyshell structure. These are transversely positioned under the windscreen in the front and close to the engine in the rear.

Pushrods and relay levers / rockers transmit the forces from the wheel mounts to the spring/damper elements. Apparently, this new solution offers responsive handling characteristics at all speeds.

Furthermore, the front shock absorbers are equipped with a hydraulic lifting system, which enables the front end of the super sports car to be lifted by 40 millimeters at the touch of a button, simplifying its ability to negotiate minor obstacles.

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