The Automobili Lamborghini branded surgical masks and shields may potentially be fashionable wearable items, but they are made for more important applications.
Automobili Lamborghini, the makers of aspirational supercars and soon-to-come track-only Squadra Corsa hypercar, has mobilised its upholstery team to produce surgical masks and protective plexiglass shields to be used against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lamborghini will be churning out 1,000 surgical masks and 200 face shields a day, which is made using 3D printers within the carbon fibre production plant and the Research and Development department. The effort has been approved and supported by the Emilia-Romagna region and in collaboration with the University of Bologna.
However, making personal protective equipment is a lot different than making a car, therefore the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences will oversee validation testing of the medical devices made by the Italian supercar maker, prior to their delivery to hospitals.
During this emergency, we feel the need to make a concrete contribution. The S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital is an institution with which we have had a collaborative relationship for years, through both professional consultancy in promoting programs to protect our workers’ health, and in research projects. We will win this battle together by working in union, supporting those who are at the forefront of fighting this pandemic every day.Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini
And as a sign of unity and support for the entire nation facing the Coronavirus emergency, every evening, Automobili Lamborghini lights up the historic headquarter buildings in Sant’Agata Bolognese, with the colours of the Italian flag.
On a more light-hearted note, one can only guess how much these one-off Automobili Lamborghini branded surgical masks could fetch if someone were to sell them online? And would you buy one if Lamborghini offers it as part of its official merchandise?