13 November 2017 | Massachusetts.
The Terzo Millennio concept previews the future direction of the Lamborghini brand in terms of design and powertrain. A box full of wild ideas from the company and MIT.
The Terzo Millennio concept previews the future direction of the Lamborghini brand in terms of design and powertrain. A box full of wild ideas from the company and MIT. The Italian supercar maker has its focus on two main areas- next-generation energy storage systems and innovative future-proof materials. Lamborghini has been working on these areas with two separate labs at MIT and has funded the projects themselves.
The nameplate indicates that this concept heralds the marque’s car for the ‘third millennium’. As such, the concept is powered by four in-wheel electric motors with the ability to control how much torque each wheel gets. Lamborghini, however, has not revealed the exact figures.
The concept uses a kinetic energy recovery system to provide more grunt, while a super capacitor is also planned for the model. However, the brand has admitted that the battery technology needs to improve further, which is why it plans to develop the supercapacitor.
Lamborghinis are all-wheel drive to cope with the immense power on tap and this one is no exception. However, because each wheel has its own integrated electric motor, there’s no transmission tunnel or other physical parts making physical connections within the car’s frame. This has enabled the company to make the car shorter, lower and crucially, has given it carte blanche in terms of aerodynamics. And because each wheel has an independent motor, its ability to find grip or to stop spins and skids is greater than that of any current-generation mechanical all-wheel-drive system.
Being the fastest electric cars in the world, its more advanced carbon fiber structures are utilized in the Terzo Millennio and the body shell itself gathers energy for storage purposes. The project also aims to develop a ‘self-healing’ carbon fiber structure, which contains materials that can heal cracks and other structural damage automatically.
Lamborghini and MIT have been in collaboration for exactly one year. The EmTech conference has been held every year by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1999, with this year’s conference that took place on 6-9 November. The conference showcases future trends and technologies to an audience made up primarily of innovators and entrepreneurs. Waiting it to be the car of the millennium.