Lamborghini highlights history for 60th anniversary

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For its 60th anniversary, Lamborghini recounted and highlighted the rich history of the brand’s factory and production facility.


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    Lamborghini joined the Audi Group in 1998.
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  • In 1963, Ferruccio Lamborghini — the company’s founder — had a factory constructed in Sant’Agata Bolognese, a commune located a few kilometers from Centro, his hometown.

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    Considered to be one of the most modern factories of its time, the facility was the birthplace of the first car to wear the badge with the Raging Bull: the 350 GTV prototype.

    By 1966, Lamborghini has added more functions to the 12,000 square-meter (sqm) covered area of the factory, which at this time, housed offices, test rooms, a service workshop, and a production area with two assembly lines: one for the engines and mechanical parts and the other for car assembly with ancillary machinery for parts production and vehicle tuning.

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    Two years later, Lamborghini built three new industrial buildings, adding 3,500sqm of covered area. These buildings, Lamborghini explained, not only strengthened the production facilities but also created a modern, well-equipped test department.

    In 1983, Lamborghini launched the development and use of carbon fiber for the first time. The creation of the “Esperienza Materiali Compositi” Department followed soon after. 

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    Lamborghini added a testing and development workshop for emission control systems in the factory in 1990. The workshop accommodated the equipment the marque purchased, which was required for research, development, and testing in the field of electronic systems and new composite materials.

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    After Lamborghini joined the Audi Group in 1998, the speed of development at Sant’Agata Bolognese grew exponentially. Likewise, the number of employees and the cars produced by the brand ballooned.

    In 2000, for example, Lamborghini employed 440 staff. The following year, Lamborghini constructed a new office building, a two-story museum, additional assembly lines, and a new research and development area.

    The Lamborghini Centro Stile opened its doors in 2003. The new building was dedicated to classic Lamborghini cars and to the marine engine sector. In the same year, Lamborghini expanded its factory by occupying an area of 100,000 sqm. Additionally, the brand hired 624 employees.

    Expansion of the Finishing department — an area dedicated to final checks on the cars exiting the assembly line — began in 2008. Likewise, a new 11,000 sqm integrated logistics platform was inaugurated in the same year.

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    In 2011, the Italian carmaker established Lamborghini Carbon Production to facilitate the in-house production of the carbon-fiber monocoque used in the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

    2011 also saw the opening of Lamborghini Park, which today allows the company to advance two of its most important projects in sustainability and research into local environmental impact: biomonitoring with bees; and the Oak Forest biodiversity and capture of CO2 experimental study conducted in partnership with the Municipality of Sant’Agata Bolognese and the Universities of Bologna, Bolzano, and Munich.

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    A completely new building was constructed in Lamborghini’s headquarters that houses the prototype development (protoshop) and the pre-series center: the first industrial multi-story building of Energy Class A and N-ZEB (net zero emission building) in Italy.

    Three years later, Lamborghini inaugurated its new trigeneration and district heating systems, two of the main projects that led to the company’s attainment of CO2-neutral certification for the entire plant.

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    In 2018, Lamborghini expanded its complex in Sant’Agata Bolognese by 160,000sqm. The move was backed by the Italian Government and the Emilia-Romagna Region.

    The new production facility houses the new assembly line dedicated entirely to the Urus, the new finishing department for all Lamborghini models, and the new office building with LEED Platinum certification: the highest standard in the world for energy and environmental certification in building design and construction.

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    A new test track, Lamborghini pointed out, was also built. In addition, a new logistics warehouse, a second trigeneration power plant, and the new “Energy Hub” for centralized production of all energy carriers were constructed.

    Still in 2018, the “Manifattura Lamborghini” production model was developed, which brings an innovative and sustainable approach combining craftsmanship with the most advanced technologies.

    The following year, Lamborghini announced a paint plant dedicated to the Urus super sport utility vehicle.

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    By 2020, Lamborghini achieved a significant carbon-dioxide footprint cut since it began transporting supplies by rail rather than by road.

    And in 2021, Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephan Winkelmann announced the “Cor Tauri Management” program, an ambitious plan that will lead Lamborghini to electrify its entire product range by 2023 to 2024, with the introduction of a fully electric model at the end of the decade.

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    “Over the last 60 years, Lamborghini’s headquarters where the iconic cars continue to be created has undergone upgrades, extensions, and reconfigurations based on production, environmental and technological needs, but it has never lost its original core structure,” Lamborghini said in a press release.

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