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Lamborghini's New Concept Electric Car is Energy Storage On Wheels

Lamborghini's New Concept Electric Car is Energy Storage On Wheels

Lamborghini has set about challenging supercar convention with a new concept designed and engineered in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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.

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. Lamborghini already uses low-voltage supercapacitors, so this is the evolution of a technology first incorporated into production cars five years ago. Now we are presenting an exciting and progressive concept auto. Called the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, which is Italian for third millennium, the concept is meant to explore future technology as much as design.

"We look forward to teaming up with their engineers and work on this exciting project".

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.

And while we're on the subject of design, Lamborghini is also talking about making the car's carbon fiber's structure self-healing (somehow).

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And there is more innovation under the car's skin: a fully digital cockpit and a Pilot Driving simulation module, which allows the driver to be taken around a track such as Imola by a virtual expert before the driver takes over to feel like a "pilot" himself, are other features of the Terzo Millennio concept vehicle.

This Lambo can heal itself! 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.

Additional Terzo Millenio design points include "an even racier, aerodynamic architecture" afforded by the carbon fiber body, and adoption of Y shaped front and rear lights "that you will see on future Lamborghini's and will be the signature of Lamborghini", said Borkert.

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.

MIT's Dinca Research Lab, headed by chemistry professor Mircea Dinca, and MIT's Mechanosynthesis Group, led by mechanical engineering professor Anastasios John Hart, worked with Lamborghini to create the Terzo Millennio. In addition to Y-shaped lights, Lamborghini expects the MIT collaboration to produce the first functional self-repairing, energy holding composite body components within the next three years, according to Lucino de Oto, Lamborghini's Advanced Composites Head.

With so much uncertainty around the future of the supercar leading towards a future of electric and autonomous vehicles, it's encouraging to see manufacturers like Lamborghini looking ahead to see how they can integrate themselves into a new reality, rather than mull about in denial about the forthcoming change to an industry.

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