Lamborghini Engineers Futuristic Technology: An Electronic Turbo
Not exactly, but it essentially is
It even sounds futuristic...
With the (relatively) recent release of the Lamborghini Sian, Lamborghini flaunted their upmost ingenuity when they featured the "electronic supercapacitor." When I first heard about this, I was impressed. The whole system is unique in the best way. It screams fancy, and it screeches 8,500 rpm. The supercapacitor is electrification, but with a twist. You still get an indomitable V12, with the heavenly revving sounds, but with a happy compromise. You get...an electronic turbo!
how it works
The supercapacitor is amazing for sure, but how does it work? Basically, it consists of a motor that assists in turning the wheels, except it recharges faster than the car can move! With the designers knowing it could charge ultra-fast, they wanted to incorporate a way to make it charge while driving, instead of the conventional charging stations. So, they designed a very complex system in which the motor charges while the brakes are in use. I know. It's genius. Lamborghini created a motor that charges every time you touch the brakes. And, with the immense number of times that the average person presses the brakes, the motor would practically never die. It would be an infinitely charged motor. And due to this, it would not require a large battery that a Tesla would require. It is very compact, leaving more engine room. It only adds an extra 75 pounds (34 kg) to the overall weight, meaning it has practically no negative bear on performance.
I said no negative bear on performance-I was kind of wrong
The only downside to the electric supercapacitor is that the prolonged power storage is very poor. One might think that if you do not drive your Sian for a week you will return to a full battery, well, think again. The electricity quickly dissipates, meaning you will have no EV power when you try to drive again.
Time to compare
Let's use the Tesla Roadster. The Roadster flaunts a jaw-dropping 1.9 second 0-60, whereas the Sian has a 2.9 second 0-60. Not as good. the Roadster has a gut-gripping 250+ mph top speed, and the Sian has a 217 mph top speed. Something here obviously does not match up. I know what it is! The Roadster does not have an electric supercapacitor.
What can we expect in the Future?
With this groundbreaking advancement, this leaves the question, can a vehicle be designed to extract power purely from a supercapacitor? I mean, think about it. It supplies power, which is a need, and has basically infinite battery because it recharges every time you touch the brakes. So if we can overcome the prolonged power storage issue, then the answer should be yes! I guess we will have to wait and see what Lamborghini decides to do with this technology in the future.