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Lamborghini's New Concept Electric Car is Energy Storage On Wheels

Lamborghini's New Concept Electric Car is Energy Storage On Wheels

You can find out more details about the new Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept vehicle over at Lamborghini at the link below.

The stunning Terzo Millennio concept vehicle is all-electric was unveiled in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Lamborghini HQ in Sant'Agata, Bolognese on Monday simultaneously, and the auto is a joint venture between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Now, the two have revealed the fruit of their collaboration in the form of the Terzo Millennio concept.

The first two were met with the help of the Dinca Research Lab (headed by MIT Department of Chemistry lead Mircea Dinca) and the Mechanosynthesis Group (run by John Hart of the Department of Mechanical Engineering).

Lamborghini execs explained that the Third Millennium project with MIT is aimed at looking 10 to 20 years ahead at a performance auto of the future, and developing the technology to achieve that vision.

Let's get one thing straight right away, though, about that third millennium bit. More on this in a bit.

At first glance, the results are fairly spectacular.

The Terzo Millennio is a vision of what could be. The design is brutally purposeful, similar in a way to the Aston Martin Valkyrie where non-essential space isn't covered up with body panels, but rather exposed.

The Terzo Millenio has an electric motor at each wheel, with all-wheel remaining one of Lamborghini's signatures.

In fact, there's nothing really conventional about how power is developed in the Terzo Millennio.

The technological aspects of the new concept have been based on five factors including; energy storage systems, innovative materials, propulsion system, visionary design, and emotion. New supercar received four electric motors located at each wheel, and in tandem with the battery for energy storage will be the responsibility of the capacitors located under the body, and "intelligent" recovery system.

Its energy storage capabilities don't end there, though. Of course, building a super auto that can run on batteries is no easy task. Naturally Lamborghini and MIT are developing an answer here, too - let the carbonfibre "heal" itself.

The regenerative system not only would prevent small cracks from growing larger, which ultimately would force owners to replace the damaged piece entirely, it also means cars can be made much lighter. This is presumably achieved with the use of liquid-filled micro channels in its body construction which can detect opened channels before releasing a bonding agent in order to fix a damaged body part's integrity - yes, like Wolverine.


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