Lamborghini has revealed the Terzo Millennio concept at EmTech, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s in-house tech conference.
It is all-electric, with in-wheel motors providing power, and the ability to control how much torque each wheel has. Lamborghini has not specified how much torque the motors produce, however.
True to Lamborghini tradition, the car has a lean, windswept design and the brand’s trademark Y tail lights. The windshield seems to extend from the top of the car almost to the driver’s toes, and the body crouches so low it almost looks like an outgrowth of the road.
The battery used is not the lithium-ion battery which is used in today’s electric cars. Lithium-ion batteries release energy slowly and run down over repeated charges because they depend on chemical reactions.Lamborgini plans to develop super capacitors that will provide a fast and intense energy needed to power a supercar. These super capacitors store energy physically and don’t generate heat of lithium-ion batteries. But they do not generate much power compared to lithium-ion batteries. This technology is used in hybrid cars, for limited functions like getting stopped engines going again.
Lamborghini also intends to make the super capacitors out of carbon fiber panels that can be used to form the body of the car—so the Terzo Millennio draws energy from its own body. In other words: the car itself is the battery.
Moreover, the concept promises a car that will be able to continuously monitor the condition of its own structure, detecting wear and damage. Micro-channels containing “healing chemistries” in the carbon fiber body will automatically repair small cracks that would otherwise spread.
To top—or, more accurately, bottom—it all off, the company will develop in-wheel electric motors, which would eliminate the need for a single large engine.
Though we have to wait to see how much will be seen in practical reality after the car comes into production.