Lamborghini has revealed a new electric car concept that the Italian manufacturer has developed in collaboration with the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The company says the Terzo Millennio, which translates to “Third Millennium”, physically imagines design and technology theories of tomorrow, and incorporates new kinds of energy storage systems and materials that have been co-developed with researchers from two laboratories at MIT, namely, the “Dinca Research Lab”, led by Prof. Mircea Dinca, from the Department of Chemistry; and the “Mechanosynthesis Group”, led by Prof. Anastasios John Hart, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
While Dinca is helping Lamborghini to move away from conventional batteries and investigating the potential of supercapacitors, Hart is working on new “self-healing” carbon-fibre structures that are claimed will give the car the ability to conduct its own health monitoring, for example, to detect cracks and damages in its substructure derived from accidents – and should any damage be detected, a self-repairing process kicks in via micro-channels filled with “healing” chemistries, thereby eliminating any risk of small cracks propagating further into the car’s carbon-fibre bodyshell; the latter also serves as an energy reservoir, having been made using a new manufacturing technique that enables carbon-fibre to act as an accumulator for energy storage.
However, the Terzo Millennio is largely powered by a quartet of electric motors, with one housed in each wheel. Lamborghini says this layout has also given more freedom to its team of designers and aerodynamicists.
“As a result of the change in technologies the design can be a radical expression of aerodynamic supremacy, based around an entirely new architecture, totally dedicated to perfecting airflow,” explain the designers.
While the design study sees an evolution and further development of the brand’s current styling language – the typical Y-signature in the front and rear lights for instance – the car is shaped, very much like a racing car, with optimised aerodynamics in mind.
“Collaborating with MIT for our R&D department is an exceptional opportunity to do what Lamborghini has always been very good at: rewriting the rules on super sports cars,” says Lamborghini boss, Stefano Domenicali. “Now we are presenting an exciting and progressive concept car. 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.”