Lamborghini shows off Terzo Millennio concept with tech for 2040

Gwen Vasquez
November 8, 2017

Lamborghini has revealed the Terzo Millennio, a concept supercar that ditches V12 engines in favour of supercapacitator-powered electric motors. The car's carbon fiber body allows the entire vehicle to work as one big energy storage medium - nearly like a battery on wheels.

Lamborghini calls its collaboration with the Boston-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) "an important page in the future of the super sports vehicle for the third millennium". With an electric motor at each wheel the Lamborghini does away with a traditional centrally mounted drivetrain, which gave designers a new level of freedom when it came to packaging, allowing them to redevelop the entire system around new parameters. We are inspired by embracing what is impossible today to craft the realities of tomorrow: "Lamborghini must always create the dreams of the next generation", Domenicali added.

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.

In terms of the powertrain, Lamborghini is developing an all-wheel drive system placing the electric motors in the wheels, in order to maximize torque and free up space and possibilities for the designers to create a highly aerodynamic silhouette that slices through the air better than any previous auto. Lamborhini says it wants to address the future of the super sports vehicle in five different dimensions, including energy storage systems, innovative materials, propulsion systems, visionary design, and emotion.

Lamborghini's future will be very interesting indeed.

Started in November 2016, this partnership between MIT and Lamborghini is expected to last another two years.

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The Terzo Millennio is a vision of what could be.

Another innovative feature of the Terzo Millenio is the integration of energy storage technology into its carbon fiber body and structures.

So-called "roboracers" aren't new, but Lamborghini said that its Terzo Millennio could be loaded with an ideal line around a racetrack such as Imola, shuttle its driver around the track first, then act as a virtual ghost auto for successive laps.

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.

The body is made using high-quality carbon fibre material, which has the property like light-weight and high strength compared to the metals.

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