Lamborghini pulled the wraps off of the fully-electric Terzo Millennio––and it’s insane! In a good way. The Lambo’s name, Italian for “Third Millennium,” describes the innovative energy storage and materials Lamborghini has devised to implement into the next generation of its hypercars. At the moment, it’s purely a design concept, but it’s still got plenty of Lamborghini DNA in it.
A year ago, Lamborghini teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to build something that would “rewrite the rules on super sports cars” for the third millennium. Lamborghini’s new halo car is completely electric, foregoing a screaming V-12 for supercapacitors capable of delivering immense power at any speed and recovering more kinetic energy. Regular batteries also don’t age as well and aren’t efficient enough for the Lamborghini’s liking.
The company is also exploring carbon composite batteries utilizing nanotechnology, which the company claims would reduce weight and increase the discharge capacity of the batteries. So, it seems, the Terzo Millennio might combine the two power storage technologies into the same drivetrain.
The electric power will be allied to a four-wheel-drive, four-motor setup, with a motor in each wheel. This, says Lamborghini, allows for lots of torque and moving energy by wire. Not only that, but putting motors in wheels means “freedom for designers and aerodynamicists”.
The body is carbon fiber, and this concept previews some technology that can detect degradation in the carbon fiber early and potentially repair it with something called “nano-channels” utilizing a form of the technology that allows carbon composite materials to store energy.
In spite of its electric power, Lamborghini is currently developing a sound system to give the car a distinct “exhaust” note (for lack of a better term). It wouldn’t be a Lambo if it didn’t make vicious sounds after all.
“We are inspired by embracing what is impossible today to craft the realities of tomorrow,” Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali explains. “Lamborghini must always create the dreams of the next generation.”