Having formed an unlikely partnership with MIT, Lamborghini recently unveiled the Terzo Millenio, a auto the pair envision as a supercar for those with enough money to afford one in two generations from now.
Lamborghini said the target is "to provide the Terzo Millennio with the ability to conduct its own health monitoring to detect cracks and damages in its substructure derived from accidents". Furthermore instead of batteries, the concept will use "supercapacitors", which are capable of delivering peak power at any time and recover kinetic engery more efficiently.
But more than anything else, the auto probably previews Lambo's near future design direction; it also confirms the Audi-owned automaker's commitment to eventually move to electric powertrains.
The Terzo Millennio is a vision of what could be. So it will likely never make it onto public roads in its current form.More news: Japan's 'Black Widow' sentenced to death for murdering lovers
The Italian carmaker unveiled the impressive Terzo Millenio concept and elevated its partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to create the "super sports vehicle of the future". It is the first result of a partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the exclusive carmaker.
Lamborghini's future will be very interesting indeed.
On top of that, MIT's work in this area has led to the production of a carbon fibre body that turns the car's entire shell into an energy storage medium.
Each of the Terzo Millennio's wheels will incorporate an integrated electric engine, which the company says will give it four-wheel torque control and high reversibility.
An overarching Terzo Millenio priority, according to Lamborghini execs, is that any electric super cars achieve the same emotional connection and response that Lamborghini owners are accustomed to today. Much like self-healing paint on some Infiniti models, the resin, which forms the glue holding the carbonfibre together, will detect and fix cracks in the material substructure, eliminating the risk of a structural crack then forming from it. A highly advanced monocoque based on Lamborghini's Forged Composite technology can be modelled, containing only the energy accumulation system and driver's and co-driver's seats, inspired by race cars.