Lamborghini showed a car with carbon-fiber bodywork at the Geneva auto show (Photo: Lamborghini)

Lamborghini has opened a new research facility in Seattle that aims to find more applications for car fiber in the construction of its cars.

The high-performance sports car brand, which is part of Germany's Volkswagen Group, said the Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) is based in Seattle, because the location allows easy collaboration with airplane maker Boeing, which has big operations there. Carbon fiber has high potential in both automotive and aerospace applications.

Lamborghini has for decades used carbon fiber, said CEO Stefano Domenicali. "It is one of the most important keys to the success of our cars in the past, present and future," he said in a statement.

The company has developed so-called "forged composite," which shortens the amount of production time required to form components. The technology made its debut in 2010 with a limited-series Lamborghini supercar, the Sesto Elemento. The company released a finished composite product in 2013.

At the Geneva auto show in March, Lamborghini unveiled a specially designed car - the Centenario - which has body work made of fully exposed carbon fiber. The car marked what would have been the 100th birthday of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini.