Lamborghini debuts fully electric, 'self-healing' Terzo Millennio concept

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The Terza Millenio is a wild concept from the minds of the famed Lambo designers - with a little help from boffins at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.

The prominent feature of the auto is its supercapacitor energy storage technology, as supercapacitors are very expensive and not quite energy dense.

So much so that it already owns a multi-million pound "acoustic test room" at its factory where it rolls finished cars in to tune the engine note. The concept is even more angular than we're accustomed to from the brand, with orange glowing wheels possibly owing to the four electric motors tucked within. Supercapacitors aren't ready for primetime yet, being very expensive and not quite as energy dense, although now they're used in a few niche automotive applications.

According to The Verge, the MIT and Lamborghini collaboration is to last three years and as per Lamborghini, the company would pay around €200,000 per year.

And blast away it will thanks to incredible supercapacitor electric technology that will deliver brutal acceleration.

Like all Lamborghinis it'll be all-wheel drive to cope with the power and nano-technology is built in to "self-repair" carbon-fibre panels.

The work is also looking at having each wheel on the auto independently powered by an electric motor.

The vehicle would have four electric motors, instead of conventional mechanical motors, one for each wheel and will allow more freedom in the design by hiding all the motor-related things in the wheel walls.

Resulting from a two-year partnership, the Terzo Millennio is an all-electric supercar which is powered by four electric motors - one for each wheel - and features a body which uses electricity to heal itself. Or maybe in-wheel electric motors become the norm in the future.

The body is carbon fiber, and this concept previews some technology that can detect degradation in the carbon fiber early and potentially fix it with something called "nano-channels" utilizing a form of the technology that allows carbon composite materials to store energy.

But recreating the famous V10 or V12 roar is a massive problem for plug-ins and chiefs admitted "deep investigation is needed".

Lamborghini's future will be very interesting indeed. At least we finally know where Sant'Agata's head is at in terms of post-internal combustion powertrain tech.



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