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Lamborghini has teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to further its research and development.
The Italian automaker has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the Boston-based university, allowing it to take more than 50 students to study abroad each year in Italy. Those students will assist with research and development, seemingly a dream opportunity for automotive enthusiasts attending MIT.
“We often see a win-win: the combination of their analytical skills with the research creativity that comes from MIT’s students and researchers,” said MIT-Italy faculty director, Carlo Ratti. “I would expect something similar also in the case of Lamborghini.”
MIT sees the partnership as similar to a 2007 deal between Boeing and the University of Washington in Seattle, which resulted in a completely new and faster method of creating carbon fiber parts. It’s unclear just where the students will contribute to Lamborghini’s R&D, but the company’s R&D director Maurizio Reggiani hints that it may related to “energy of the future,” such as batteries or hydrogen fuel-cell development. Other subjects of interest include composite materials and manufacturing, and hybrid powertrains.
[Source: Car and Driver]
This story first appeared on autoguide.com