Another day, another report of a future industry partnership. After hearing about Volkswagen’s official purchase of Italdesign Giugiaro, reports are now coming in about a new partnership between Toyota and Daimler.
According to Reuters, the two companies are planning to kick start a joint venture which would research and develop new fuel cell technologies for future electric vehicles. Both carmakers have been documenting the new technology for quite some time, so this new partnership might make a lot of sense.
Daimler has also partnered recently with the Renault Nissan alliance, but that only covers small car development and platform sharing. The company is also part, alongside Toyota and other carmakers of the so-called Hydrogen Alliance, a group that supports the development of fuel cell vehicles.
The two companies refused to declare anything about a partnership, so perhaps an official announcement isn’t too far away.
Nowadays, carbon fiber is one of the best materials out there, providing a great basis for many high end supercars which want the strongest body frame, but also the lightest one, so as to not hamper their performance.
But Lamborghini is already looking to the future, as it announced that the Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory has been created in order for specialists from the Washington University and the Boeing airplane company to work together and create a new material which will be superior to carbon fiber.
The goal of the Italian super car manufacturer is to pioneer research in the aerospace and aeronautical fields and implement the new materials which will result into cars and other things we use in our daily lives.
While certainly not something you would expect from an automaker which is famous for its flamboyance, we should certainly keep out fingers crossed for the research team there and hope that the future will be filled with lighter and more safer cars.