Lamborghini, MIT Building 'Super Sports Car of the Future'

Lamborghini, MIT Building 'Super Sports Car of the Future'

The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio is a dream concept vehicle exploring the possibilities of electrified supercars of the future, that can fix their own carbon fibre...

The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio (which is Italian for the "third millennium") certainly does look like it belongs to a future era.

But under its striking hood, the Terzo Millennio doesn't sport a roaring V10 or V12 engine that have been the signature dishes of Lamborghini cars since their inception, rather it uses all-electric, all-wheel drive instead.

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To move away from conventional batteries, the Terzo Millennio would use supercapacitors to recover and use electric power at the same time - streamlining the energy delivery process and lengthening the life of the powertrain.

In terms of the powertrain, Lamborghini is developing an all-wheel drive system placing the electric motors in the wheels, in order to maximize torque and free up space and possibilities for the designers to create a highly aerodynamic silhouette that slices through the air better than any previous vehicle. So it will likely never make it onto public roads in its current form.

To make all this super auto magic happen, Lamborghini and MIT are building upon their 2016 partnership, creating two labs―one under Department of Chemistry and the other in the Department of Mechanical Engineering―where teams will develop the technology for Third Millennium cars.

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The technological goal of the project is to enable Lamborghini to address the future of the super sports auto in five different dimensions: energy storage systems, innovative materials, propulsion system, visionary design, and emotion.

In addition to its highly anticipated Urus SUV, Lamborghini is now developing an electric sports auto in a joint venture with two Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) laboratories. Automobil Lamborghini in collaboration with two laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are responsible for the new concept. This set-up also promises quick recharge using kinectic energy gathered when the vehicle slows, plus energy transfer and storage is very efficient with little lost during the various charge and discharge phases. There's nothing really unusual about that as many cars nowadays have individual wheel motors - what is much cooler and more interesting is the way electricity is stored on the vehicle.

So, what do you think about the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio? Bear with us here, but Lamborghini has started developing carbonfibre chassis components with the ability to accumulate energy for storage in the body itself. It's apparently teaming with micro-channels filled with "healing chemistries", and can detect where cracks in the material appear. This would allow further weight reduction with increased use of carbon fiber or the application of CFK to high-fatigue parts.

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