Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures

Add Lamborghini to the growing list of automakers that have stepped up to help medical frontliners in their fight against the COVID-19 virus. The Italian automaker has started production of face masks and protective shields for health workers at Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, Italy.

Lamborghini is targeting a production rate of 1,000 face masks and 200 face shields per day. The supercar brand is the latest automaker to lend a helping hand to the medical frontliners who have had to fight a staggering number of recorded cases in Italy. As of April 1, 2020, Italy has recorded 110,574 cases of those affected by the virus. Of that figure, a total of 13,155 people have died while 16,874 have recovered from the deadly virus.

Lamborghini Steps Up in Fight Against COVID-19, Starts Production of Face Masks and Shields
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It’s been a harrowing last month for a lot of people all over the world. It doesn’t matter where you are. Unless you live in Antarctica, the COVID-19 virus has affected your life in one form or another. The staggering number of affected individuals all over the world has not slowed down, making it even more crucial for companies to step up and help in the fight against the virus.

A lot of automakers have done exactly that, rallying to help those people in the front lines fighting the virus.

Ford and General Motors are working hard to produce ventilators. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is producing one million face masks a month for all the responders. Over in Europe, Mercedes-Benz’s Formula One team is building breathing aids for health service use. Ferrari is likewise doing the same thing for Italy, the second hardest-hit country next to the U.S.

Lamborghini Steps Up in Fight Against COVID-19, Starts Production of Face Masks and Shields
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Turns out, Lamborghini isn’t sitting this fight out, too. The Italian automaker has begun producing face masks and face shields in its production plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.

The company has set a goal of producing 1,000 face masks and 200 face shields per day for the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in the same region. The face masks will be produced by workers who are in charge of the Huracan and Aventador’s interior and customization needs. Meanwhile, the plexiglass protective medical shields will be produced using the same 3D printers located within the automaker’s carbon fiber production plant and Research and Development department.

Lamborghini Steps Up in Fight Against COVID-19, Starts Production of Face Masks and Shields
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"During this emergency, we feel the need to make a concrete contribution,” Stefani Domenicali, chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, said in a statement. “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.”

With the spread of COVID-19 still on the upswing, any form of assistance from the auto industry is a welcome and refreshing development. Here’s to hoping that more automakers step up and give assistance where it’s needed. The virus has shown that it knows no bounds; it’s time for the auto industry to do the same.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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