Lamborghini wants the crown as the technology leader of the automotive world. To do this, the automaker has listed the best brains in the world. The automaker has partnered with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to explore amazing possibilities for Lamborghinis of the future. The first product of this collaboration is the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept; Terzo Millennio is Italian for “Third Millennium”. As the name hints, this is not a car you will see on the streets or tracks in the next few years, not even in a few decades but it might come sometimes in future. The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept is riddled with futuristic technology which is, to say the least mind-blowing. The Concept is Lamborghini’s idea of the supercar of the future, an electric-powered car that comes with technologies you have never conceived could even exist. The partnership with MIT is focused on researching on better energy storage systems as well as material science.
Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept Exterior
The technology of the future requires a futuristic design to go with it and the Terzo Concept design looks weird. Every detail of the car has a purpose; the design itself is characterized by a short hood, wheel arches borrowed from the LMP1, extended windshield and carbon fiber panels.
Although the front fascia looks like a Lamborghini, much has changed from the conventional Lamborghini design we are familiar with; it includes new lighting style, short hood and a windshield that stretches to the same level with the headlights.
The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept does not have any unnecessary body claddings as a strategy to make the model very light. The conventional Lamborghini intakes just in front of the rear wheels have been eliminated leaving the area exposed to ensure the wind passes through without any hindrance. Each side also features 2 gills to improve aerodynamics. The rear looks extremely aggressive yet elegant.
Other than the fact that the concept accommodates two seats, we do not know anything else about the cabin. However, considering the technologies the model comes with (more of this in a while), envisages a similarly weird cabin.
Weird Technology that makes up the concept’s drivetrain
As weird as it might look, the carbon fiber body panels of the model are not just your regular carbon fiber panels but serve as the power storage units of the model. The body panels have been wisely integrated with batteries. The units are carbon fiber nanotubes that are flexible and thin enough to be enclosed between layers of carbon fiber to ensure you are not electrocuted by just touching or leaning on your supercar.
Right now, the automaker is not concerned with power output figures but rather the technology that is likely to define Lamborghini’s future cars. Careful not to trend overmuch into the unknown or maybe perhaps not to shoot our imaginations across the galaxy, the designers opted to retain some conventional elements of the current electric drivetrains. In this regard, the concept uses 4 electric motors, one at each wheel making the Terzo Millennio an all-wheel-drive supercar. Although Lambo’ is already experimenting with supercapacitors in the latest Aventador, the Terzo Millenio takes the technology to a whole new level by integrating them with carbon fiber panels.
MIT designers are of the idea that conventional batteries add excess weight on the car and point out that integrating energy storage on the body panels not only saves weight but also enables generation of humongous amounts of power that would enable such a model to complete a few laps on the tracks at high speeds before recharging. The design also enables fast recharging and rejuvenation of kinetic energy while ensuring the energy storage does not degrade fast. You might argue that this is not a wise design cue as carbon fiber can still crack or break when subjected to a high level of electric power but the MIT team is already a step ahead of you waiting with an even more weird answer.
The designers are visualizing advent of a technology that enables the carbon fiber to self-heal. You heard it right; the carbon fiber will be able to heal itself thus self-repair any cracks that arise as you continue cruising uninterrupted. The model will have an advanced artificial intelligence technology that monitors the body panels and if any cracks are detected or some panels are broken, “micro-channels” integrated into the body panels will perform the repairs on their own. Lambo’ did not explain what “micro-channels” are but I think it is a self-healing technology of the future…well; I think this concept has sent my imagination into overdrive.
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