If reports are to be believed, successor of Lamborghini Aventador just round the corner. However, there is a twist as it could come in 2020 with hybrid powertrain. Autocar claims that before revealing the successor to Aventador, Lamborghini will preview the V12 hybrid powertrain in limited run hypercar. Allegedly, the codename for it is LB48H and it has been previewed to selected Lamborghini customers earlier this year. The said LB48H came with naturally-aspirated V12 engine mated with electric motors that also reduces emissions. Lamborghini has already disclosed their plan for electrification of future production models due to tighter emission regulations.
Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer their first hybrid supercar will have driveable range on electric power, but the range was not disclosed. Nonetheless, due to regulations in China, all-electric power range of the vehicle might be around 31 miles. Adding one or two electric motors to the iconic naturally aspirated V12 engine will increase horsepower and torque. Inadvertently, the weight of the car will also increase and Maurizio thinks that increase would be in region between 150kg to 200kg to overall weight. There is a good chance that hybrid system in the new range-topping supercar could utilize electronically-powered front axle.
Lamborghini claims that such system will allow full torque vectoring at the front and help in compensating additional weight. It will also help on car’s agility. Some report suggest that it might be standalone system which is disconnected from internal combustion engine. This setup has already been previewed by Asterion Concept in 2014. The concept used Huracan V10 unit for rear wheels with three brushless electric motors for front. Combined output of this setup is 910hp and an average fuel consumption of 4.2lt/100km.