The Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) is changing the way the world moves.
Since 2007 the ACSL has been tasked by Lamborghini to develop new carbon fiber technologies and structural concepts. Based on research with the Boeing Company, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Callaway Golf, the ACSL has pioneered the use of chopped carbon fiber materials and processes. This research evolved into Forged Composite® technology, which was first unveiled in the Sesto Elemento supercar at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and Callaway's golf drivers. The ACSL continues to provide technology innovation for Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. through close collaboration with the Advanced Composite Research Center (ACRC) in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.
The ACSL mission is to provide research and education solutions in the field of composite materials, with an emphasis on damage tolerance, hail and lightning strike, crashworthiness analysis and simulation, and material characterization for customers in the aerospace and automotive industries worldwide.
In 2014, the ACSL launched the Academy for Carbon Fiber Arts & Sciences to transfer some of the latest Lamborghini technologies to the broader technical community. At the same time, the ACSL inaugurated the first carbon fiber technological museum, which serves to explain the experience accumulated by Lamborghini in over 30 years of carbon fiber innovation.
The ACSL also provides support to OEM’s in the development of carbon fiber products utilizing Forged Composite® technology, which include high-end sporting and consumer goods (such as bicycles, luggage, shoes, electronics, and sunglasses). Most recently, the Union FC snowboard binding developed by the ACSL won the 2014 ISPO Product of the Year award. The ACSL team takes the project from the initial idea of the customer to full-scale manufacturing, including style renderings, detailed CAD design, FEA analysis, 3D-print prototyping, and tooling.