The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio could be the electric supercar of the future
Lamborghini like to make other supercar makers look a bit tame and limp when playing the ‘crazy’ concept car game. With their latest offering being no exception – say hello to the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, which translates to “third millennium” in Italian. It’s been given to the world as a stunning design idea of what the supercar of tomorrow could become, and it’s a mix of utterly stunning with a double dose of insanity.
We all know (but struggle to accept) that electric and self-driving cars will become more commonplace in the near future. Lamborghini, who were previously thought to not be keen on the idea of either concept, has teamed up with the boffins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to harness all that brain power to create the sports car of the future.
The Italian carmaker says that the Terzo Millennio “defines the requirements of the third millennium in terms of energy storage and innovative materials to secure the most emotional and ultimate driving experience”. That whole energy storage business for starters means that this Lambo concept would run on ‘in-wheel’ electric motors driving all four wheels. According to the press release, this translates to improvements in both weight-saving and aerodynamics.
Now for the really future science fiction year 2040 part. Lambo says they are aiming to make the Terzo Millennio with self-healing bodywork saying “The target is to improve the nanomaterial technology, diffusing nano-charges in CFK-based panels able to store electric energy and in the meantime to form the body and structures of the car. At the same time, the project aims to combine the technology to monitor continuously the whole carbon fiber structure, both visible and invisible, with the concept of health-monitoring: the goal is to provide for the Terzo Millennio the ability to conduct its own health-monitoring, to detect cracks and damages that might occur after accident, throughout its substructure, while limiting or reducing to zero the risks correlated to the presence and propagation of cracks in the carbon fiber structure” – all of which literally sound like something plucked straight from a Kubrick film to us.
As for what an electric Lamborghini could sound like, the company admits to the need come up with a solution to replace the sound of the V12 engine of today, saying that “deep investigation is needed with the purpose of assessing the opportunities given from the new powertrain, looking for every opportunity to generate the sound of the Terzo Millennio” which we would read as they are not quite sure how they are going to achieve it just yet. But, at least they are thinking about how they can make it sound like a proper Lambo, which can only be a good thing.
Regardless, Lamborghini’s research partnership with MIT will continue for the next three years. So you can hope for a few more bonkers concepts that will eventually filter down into cars you can actually buy. Well, hopefully one day.
Could the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept be the self-healing future supercar you’ve always wanted? – let us know your thoughts in the comments.