Every now and then a prototype from an automaker comes out and you marvel at the extraordinary capacity of humans to innovate – that’s the exact feeling when discussing the new Lamborghini Terzo Millennio.
It stands for Italian for “Third Millennium,” but this electrically-operated monster supercar does feel a little bit closer in the future – let’s say the 2030 decade. And as its features allow discovery, you’re faced with one of the most innovative concepts for a sports car of recent years. Let’s start with the story – Lamborghini has been collaborating for some years now with the bright minds over in Boston, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, coming out with things such as the Forged Composite materials used on the Huracan Performante, for example.
Now they went all out and created a concept car, one that we’ll never see in production but hopefully its ideas will better the automotive industry and the world around us. It should also propel into the future the Lamborghini design and engineering – with Stefano Domenicali, chairman and CEO, calling the work with MIT “an important page in the future of the super sports car for the third millennium.” The main idea was to develop advanced energy storage systems, along with new ideas in material science. Professor Mircea Dinca from MIT’s Department of Chemistry and Professor Anastasios John Hart from the Department of Mechanical Engineering have lead the development, along with Lambo’s R&D team.
The result is quite spectacular – with a stripped out, brutal machine that way Lambos have always been and even more, due to the ultra lightweight structure, extremely optimized aerodynamics and featuring exposed area. There are electric motors in each of the four wheels, with the team using advanced supercapacitors and an innovative energy storage system that is part of the car’s bodyshell. The body panels are now the battery, with carbon fiber nanotubes, batteries malleable enough to be shaped, as well as thin enough to be sandwiched between outer and inner layers. More so, they even have a cure for the material cracking or breaking – the car will monitor its structure and if issues are detected… “micro-channels filled with healing chemistries” will repair the structure! “I cannot tell you when … there are some components that are closer to industrialization than others,” has hinted the company CTO, Maurizio Reggiani, about possible introductions in series production of such innovative components.