Having formed an unlikely partnership with MIT, Lamborghini recently unveiled the Terzo Millenio, a vehicle the pair envision as a supercar for those with enough money to afford one in two generations from now. The collaboration is substantially financed by Automobili Lamborghini and meant to lead to radical innovation in energy storage systems technology and material science.
The Italian automaker is focusing on five elements it believes will underpin sports cars in the future: visionary design, an advanced propulsion system, innovative materials, efficient energy storage and, of course, pure emotion at the wheel.
It is not, for example, battery-powered. New supercar received four electric motors located at each wheel, and in tandem with the battery for energy storage will be the responsibility of the capacitors located under the body, and "intelligent" recovery system.
Lamborghini has set about challenging supercar convention with a new concept designed and engineered in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lamborghini teased a auto concept for MIT's EmTech conference, and now it's unveiled that concept.
Now we are presenting an exciting and progressive concept auto.
"We are inspired by embracing what is impossible today to craft the realities of tomorrow: Lamborghini must always create the dreams of the next generation", Domenicali said.
One year after inking a partnership deal, Lamborghini and the MIT-Italy Program celebrate the first steps in an ongoing project "that intends to write an important page in the future of super sports cars", Lambo CEO Stefano Domenicali said in a statement. Together MIT and Lamborghini have developed supercapacitors for power. To counteract the resulting danger, the Terzo Millennio will apparently have a self-repairing exterior structure thanks to "micro-channels filled with healing chemistries". However, the joint plan is apparently for the carbon panels to also act as an accumulator for energy storage.
The future Lamborghini should also allow "customers to enjoy a day at the track―not just one lap―before having to stop and recharge", he said. As Lamborghini points out, this tech allows for confidently using carbonfibre for "high-fatigue" parts, meaning weight savings in regions usually reserved for heavier, more durable materials.