How a Lamborghini Aventador is Made. Very Carefully
The Lamborghini Aventador is a Very Special Car
The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the most iconic and powerful supercars to come out from Automobili Lamborghini’s production lines. Although it’s not the car maker’s newest supercar (that would be the Huracan), it is still quite popular due to its beastly engine and superb handling. Not a lot of people know though that the Aventador is one of the few cars that don’t come from a robot assembly line.
To ensure the highest standards of quality and safety, Lamborghini has a team of experts working hundreds of hours on every car that it produces. A video that shows how this supercar is made can be found on Youtube and should give you an idea of the highly detailed and time-consuming work that goes into each Lamborghini Aventador before they hit the road.
Making the Carbon-Fiber Monocoque
In the video, Lamborghini has a special dust-free and climate controlled room that is dedicated to cutting the resin-impregnated carbon-fiber which would then be used for making the Lamborghini Aventador’s monocoque. The process involves using a flatbed cutting machine (which is computer-controlled) to ensure that the patterns being cut on the carbon-fiber sheet have clean edges. This crucial since the cut pieces/patterns need to match and crisscross when they are eventually fitted to the monocoque’s molds.
As soon as the carbon-fiber fitting is done, the mold is then covered over with plastic followed by a white cloth. The mold is then covered over again but this time with a vacuum bag. The air inside the bag is then vacuumed out which then results in atmospheric pressure forcing the carbon-fiber to shape itself to the mold. Finally the mold is sent inside an autoclave to cure at about 135 degree centigrade to solidify the carbon-fiber.
Chassis Assembly and Paint Job
If the previous process (crafting the carbon-fiber components of the monocoque) was done right, the next step would be chassis assembly. This starts with aligning the rear sub-frame to the monocoque and bolting both these parts in place. Other components also need to be bolted before the chassis is then fitted with aluminum body panels. Upon completion of this stage, the whole body is then sent over to a paint shop outside of the factory to be painted over.
Once in the paint shop, body undergoes a process where defects are removed and it is then coated with primer. The next step then involves sanding the primer to prepare it for the base coat. Painting, which comes after the application of the base coat, is one of the most time-consuming stages of the Lamborghini Aventador assembly process. This requires 8 liters of paint and two hundred hours of manual spray painting, it is then buffed to further remove imperfections as well as to give it a glossy look.
The Manually Assembled V-12 Engine
To power the Lamborghini Aventador, the Italian car maker came up with a new V-12 engine that it called the L539. The engine has a displacement of 6.5 liters, weighs 235 kilograms, and is also manually assembled. The process of assembling the supercar’s engine starts with the installation of two thermostats on the cylinder block. Next would then be the installation of the engine’s cylinder liners which have o-rings fitted in their grooves to prevent fluid loss. Following the addition of the crankshaft and other components to the engine, it is then tested (by manually cranking the crankshaft) to see if it is working as it should. As soon as everything is verified to be working perfectly, the engine (together with the gearbox and other related components) are then installed through the rear frame of the Lamborghini Aventador.
You Get What You Pay For
If you’re wondering why the Lamborghini Aventador costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, it’s because each one of its high-quality components go through rigid quality control. Making this supercar is a deliberately lengthy and precise process. The reason why Automobili Lamborghini doesn’t use a robotic assembly line to make its supercars is because the company doesn’t want to risk any accidents or malfunctions regardless of how small that possibility might be. So the next time you see a Lamborghini Aventador pass you by, don’t just marvel at it because of its price tag, aesthetics, or powerful engine. \Think of all the time and effort that went into designing and making it as well. The Aventador is a marvel of engineering that proves that automation doesn’t necessarily mean perfection.