The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio is an all-electric supercar concept which uses a non-traditional approach.
Lamborghini has collaborated with the folks at MIT to develop their rendition of what an all-electric performance car should be like. Technology from the future and an unworldly design – welcome the latest concept from Sant'Agata is the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio.
Lamborghini is known for sticking to their heritage and providing the most evocative names while also keeping an open mind towards the newest of technologies. The name ‘Terzo Millennio’ means – Third Millennium.
With the Terzo Millennio, what Lamborghini and the involved engineers at MIT have developed allows this concept to use supercapacitor energy storage technology. However, currently, supercapacitors are not ready to be used in production vehicles as they are expensive. But the Terzo Millennio is expected to use it as the main battery with greater ability to charge and discharge. If there is a break through in the development, the results will inevitably mean mind-numbing acceleration. Lamborghini is also exploring their options for a lighter and quicker discharging technology with carbon composite batteries utilizing nanotechnology.
The supercapacitor will send power to in-wheel electric motors which will be housed in all four wheels for a four-wheel drive system. Lamborghini claims that with such a system, it will allow designers and aerodynamicists better freedom to develop the car. But if you do not want the intelligence of a four-wheel drive supercar, then it will be extremely easy to just remove the electric motors from the front wheels for a Performante or a SuperVeloce version. But for now, the concept is only all-wheel drive.
Sticking to Terzo Millennio, the body of the concept is completely made from carbon fibre. But it doesn’t end there, Lamborghini claims that it has technology that can detect degradation of the material and repair it with what they call “nano-channels”.
But the biggest challenge for Lamborghini is maintaining the signature exhaust sound of a raging bull with no internal combustion engine. Will Lamborghini ever put the Terzo Millennio into production? Without a shadow of a doubt, the answer to that question is no. It is a mere concept vehicle, but what it does tell us the direction Lamborghini and more importantly the supercar of the future is headed.