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. The supercapacitor will power the four independent electric motors housed inside each wheel of the car resulting in a four-wheel drive system. Lamborghini claims that this setup will provide better freedom to designers and aerodynamicists to design and develop the car.
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 breakthrough in the development, it could result in mind-numbing acceleration. Lamborghini is also exploring their options for a lighter and quicker discharging technology with carbon composite batteries utilizing nanotechnology.
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, this concept is all-wheel drive only.
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 raging bulls with the lack of an internal combustion heart. Will Lamborghini ever put the Terzo Millennio into production? Without a shadow of a doubt, the answer to that question is no. It is only a concept vehicle, but what it does, is it tells us the direction Lamborghini and more importantly the supercar of the future is headed.