With new hybrid hypercars like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder flying at us left, right and centre, it seems a little odd that Lamborghini hasn’t jumped on the part-leccy bandwagon for a production car.
But if this new plug-in hybrid ‘Asterion LPI910-4’ concept is anything to go buy, that could be set to change rather soon.
Mounted in the middle of its carbonfibre Aventador chassis is the familiar 5.2-litre V10 that’s seen service in the Gallardo and now the Huracan, but the big news is the presence of three electric motors.
The combination of the motors and the V10 gives a power output of 898bhp, making this the most powerful car Lamborghini has ever built. The engine sends 602bhp and 413lb ft of torque via a seven-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels only, while two of the electric motors live on the front axle to power the front wheels, and a third is in the gearbox. These provide 296bhp to make up the rather exciting total power output.
Power is supplied to the motors via a lithium ion battery which runs down the centre of the cabin. Should you want to just tootle to the shops, the Asterion has an electric-only range of 31 miles with a top speed of 78mph. This will also give you the perverse pleasure of being able to pilot a temporarily front-wheel drive Lambo. Want a little more firepower? With the V10 engaged, you can dispatch 0-62mph in three seconds dead, and hit 199mph.
But, this being a hybrid, it’s the efficiency figures we need to pay attention to. 67mpg is the claimed economy figure, while the four beefy exhaust tips will puff out an average of just 98g/km of Co2. Here’s a Lambo you’d be able to drive guilt free.