New development facility at Sant’Agata

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Following the devastating earthquake that shook Northern Italy earlier this year, Lamborghini is keen to send a ‘positive message of recovery’ to the Emilia region with the opening of a new development building.

The Sant’Agata site has gained a ‘Class A energy rating’ approved building, the first multi-storey industrial structure to do so in Italy. The new building is designated specifically for the development of prototype and pre-series vehicles.

The second floor of the structure houses a ‘mini’ assembly line with advanced technical solutions set up to duplicate the entire range of assembly steps performed on a standard production line. This miniature line will be used to carefully study the steps in assembling pre-series models. The line can also be used to produce limited-run editions, such as the Sesto Elemento concept, of which 20 units are scheduled for production.

“Our new building confirms Lamborghini’s commitment not only to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, but also to advanced technology and innovation with an eye on the future” said Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Lamborghini. “The earthquakes that recently struck our region caused serious problems that have placed a considerable strain on us, on our families, and on our local area. That’s why today’s inauguration also has a symbolic meaning of renaissance and of a strong impetus for recovery.”

Lamborghini has promised further aid for the victims of the natural disaster, with the company already donating towards the cost of rebuilding of five school laboratories. It has also donating part of the proceeds from the firm’s 50th anniversary celebrations toward rebuilding ‘cultural treasures and places of worship’ damage in the earthquake.

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