• Mar 2, 2011
2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The newest raging bull from Lamborghini's stables, the 2012 Aventador LP700-4, is a technologically advanced devourer of roads. Case in point: The 691-horsepower beast boasts a monocoque passenger compartment made out of reinforced carbon-fiber. It was developed thanks to assistance from Boeing and weighs-in at a mere 324 pounds. Because of this advanced passenger cell, the Aventador is light, stiff and very strong.

Cars like this end up in the hands of a privileged few, but they also occasionally end up stuffed into guardrails. So how do you fix an Aventador with a carbon-fiber boo-boo? You have Lamborghini send one of its so-called flying doctors, according to Automotive News.

Armed with a suitcase of tools and an extensive knowledge of carbon fiber repairs, the Lamborghini flying doctor is trained to mend fractured Aventadors. In the States, the damaged supercar is sent to the University of Washington in Seattle. There, the flying doctor can fix any sections of shredded carbon fiber.

We can only imagine who expensive the process of shipping and repairing a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador will be. With a $379,000 price-tag, it has to be a bit more than the local body shop charges to pull out a dent.


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[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Just a heads up to the editor, 4th paragraph... We can only imagine *how* expensive

      After looking at the Revention and the Aventador, I have to agree that the designs are incredibly similar. However, in Lamborghini's defense, look at what happened when Ferrari tried to do something completely new (for them), the Ferrari FF was created, which has got to be the ugliest Ferrari I ever seen and why there is an 18 month waiting period on that car is beyond me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Lord, won't you buy me, an A-ven-ta-dor;
      My friends all drive Zondas..."
      • 3 Years Ago
      I swear it says "girl/min" under the 370kph if you look at the tach photo in either small/medium.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Its says GIRI / MIN which translates to RPM (Italian to English)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice...but Aventador just doesn't cut it. Evolution of countach -> diablo -> murcielago was leaps and bounds from one another. This car still looks very much the same as its predecessor. Let's hope improvement in performance is what's this car is about.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed. However chassis performance, etc should be way better. That cross bar covering the engine has ggootT TO GO! I use to praise Lamborghini's ability show off a engine, but this. Whaaa happened. On a roadster ok, but not the coupe.

        I can't wait to see one cruising down Sunset Blvd!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your comment led me on a wild goose chase on wikipedia and now I know all about the Countach, Diablo, Lamborghini, Chrysler's ownership of Lambo, Lee Iococca, AMC and monocoques. Thanks!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the idea of this car. The light spaceframe, etc.

      But the more I hear about it the less I like. It looks just like its predecessor, it's going to cost a mint to insure, and that center stack is so raked (for no reason I can see) that you won't be able to read the Audi parts-bin buttons you're pressing or the center display either.

      The instrument cluster is nice, but overwraught. And by the time you had this car 5 years every car will have an instrument cluster that is as fancy, because cars are all going to head to LCDs just like this one (Ford seemed to lead the way from what I've seen).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Carbon fiber is great for lowering vehicle weight but, I'm still unhappy that it is neither repairable, nor recyclable. This leads me to think it's a rather irresponsible choice of materials in this day and age of trying to reduce our waste.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree in a way, the repair will never see 100 % of its original strentgh once the matrix has been compromised in that area. Now them mentioning this company that can from what i got out it, is to literally repair fiber by fiber...im not familiar with this process but im guessing that would warrant the need for some aeronautical professionals.
        • 3 Years Ago
        in regards to the environmental, besides the big strength to weight ratio of the particular fiber being used, a composite can be made of many other materials. A friend of mine had actually mentioned using hemp as a fiber in composite but im not familiar with its tensile strengths. Just food for thought, since automotive industry man not need the same strengths in their composites as the aviation industry.
        Bruce Milburn
        • 2 Years Ago
        http://www.chartwells.net/ these guys repair carbon fibre cars in the U.K
        • 3 Years Ago
        Carbon fiber is repairable. Boeing wouldn't have been able to make the 787 were it otherwise. You apply a blister patch. The patch might be ugly though.

        Recycling for carbon fiber will develop over time. I agree the material is rather low grade when ground up for recycling, but maybe it'll find use as fibrous reinforcement in concrete or something.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You mean a pranged Lambo doesn't just "buff out " ??
      • 3 Years Ago
      Color me unimpressed. Other than the direct side profile, everything else about the design looks clumsy and unoriginal - it's like they started with a Murcielago, tacked on Gallardo bits, and threw the design through the same origami blender that led to the creation of that abomination known as the Reventon. It looks like the interior inspiration was a combination of a Nokia cell phone (center console) and a motorycle dashboard.

      I expected bolder than this. Guess I'll check in again 10 years from now when they announce the Avendator replacement. Hopefully they'll have some new designers on staff by then.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ladies and Gentlemen, behold, the 21st Century has arrived. How anyone cannot see the incredible forward leap is beyond me. Ferrari, you might as well start building SUV's, cause you can't touch this. Call me a simpleton, but I am floored, and whatever it costs, it's worth every penny.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The problem is that for some time there has been the Reventón. And even without it I'm not sure it would be significant leap from Mugo.
        That said, I
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ferrari already builds F1 cars thank you very much. Match that Lambo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ferrari already builds F1 cars thank you very much. Match that Lambo...
      Yep, Lamborghini Matched it. you also have to remember, the Lamborghini V12 was derived from an F1 engine. with the right cams and carbs, the Miura can spin to 13,000 RPM...
      Larousse used Lambo F1 motors.
      Lamborghini also builds world class "class 1" Powerboat engines, V12's producing upwards or 750 HP
      also, if my sources are correct, lamborghini has been playing with carbon fiber for a VERY long time (diablo had carbon on it, in 1991)


      Nice...but Aventador just doesn't cut it. Evolution of countach -> diablo -> murcielago was leaps and bounds from one another. This car still looks very much the same as its predecessor. Let's hope improvement in performance is what's this car is about.....

      why does a car have to look very different to be better? have you EVER seen a porsche? same car for 50 years!
      maybe take a step back and look UNDERNEATH the car
      F1 Derived Pushrod suspension in the Aventador
      Full carbon fiber body in the Aventador
      totally new engine in the Aventador
      Different transmission in the Aventador
      it may look similar on the outside... but its not always whats on the outside that counts...

      the Aventador, is a giant leap, fair enough, not as much as the Miura (first mid engined ROAD car) countach (ummmm countach). the diablo wasn't much of a leap from the countach, or was the murcielago from the diablo (originally going to use the SAME V12 as the diablo, but upped the size by 200ml)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hold on a sec. If all the damaged Aventadors are being sent to the University of Washington for repair, that flying doctor isn't gonna be doing much flying.
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