Hybrid technology, the technology scathed by car people around the world, seems to be what’s keeping the greater machines so taken for granted by automotive enthusiasts by going the way of the dodo. Without this technology, there is no way on this Earth cars like the Porsche 918, Ferrari LaFerrari or McLaren P1 could survive more and more stringent emission and fuel economy regulations. So, yes, thank you science for keeping the hyper car alive and well.
Today, though, we have a video from Lamborghini explaining how their electric hybrid system works with its concept (although decidedly production looking) Asterion LPI 910-4. First, let us break down Lamborghini’s alphanumeric soup naming of the Asterion.
Asterion translates to ruler of the stars in Greek mythology, a fine suiting name as this is probably one of the best looking Lamborghini designs in quite some time. The ‘I’ in ‘LPI’ stands for Ibrido, Italian for hybrid. Finally, the numbers correspond to the 910-horsepower the Asterion is capable of, and the number four lets everyone know all of those horses are going to all four wheels.
Onboard the charging bull are two electric motors at the front axle, one incorporating an integrated starter motor and the other a generator. The system grants two driving modes for the Asterion, hybrid mode or pure electric mode. In electric mode, it’s quieter than a Prius. The two motors up front keep everything economical, and produce 300-horsepower by themselves. That’s more than enough grunt to get the Asterion around, allowing the driver to run flat-out at 77-mph for 32-miles.
Once you’re clear of the city and its cumbersome regulations, the real fun begins as the video semi-comically shows. Upon exiting the virtual city, apparently that’s the all clear for wide-open-throttle. Nice.
In hybrid mode, the glorious longitudinally positioned 5.2-liter V10 produces an extra 610-horsepower combined with the 300-horsepower mentioned above, that’s where the 910 part of the alphanumeric name is derived from. Oh, and the sound is surely to make any driver or bystander in the vicinity giddy. With all of the motors working in harmony, the Asterion provides a permanent four-wheel drive experience without being dependent on the battery’s charge.
So there you have it, 910-horsepower with the help of the same technology we all thought would bring the age of horsepower to its knees. A brave new world indeed. Check out the video from Lamborghini below for more information on the Asterion’s technology.