Lamborghini Terzo Millenio electric concept car points to Lamborghini’s future
One day, Lamborghini will have to turn its attention away from wailing V10s and its signature screaming V12 engines. And, like rival Ferrari, it’ll have to resort to electric propulsion for its flamboyant supercars.
The stunning Terzo Millennio concept car is all-electric was unveiled in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Lamborghini HQ in Sant’Agata, Bolognese on Monday simultaneously, and the car is a joint venture between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The car is important as it signifies that Lamborghini is committed to an electric future. Not in the short term future per se, but electric Lamborghinis are on the cards, but don’t expect to see any before 2025.
Lamborghini is the process of tinkering with some wild technology too. The brand is said to be experimenting with supercapacitors which way ditch batteries all together, and it is working with Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop body panels that can store enough energy to power the car.
“The new Lamborghini collaboration allows us to be ambitious and think outside the box in designing new materials that answer energy storage challenges for the demands of an electric sport vehicle,” MIT chemistry Professor Mircea Dinca said in a statement.
The Terzo Millenio has an electric motor at each wheel, with all-wheel remaining one of Lamborghini’s signatures.
What’s more, the Terzo Millennio chassis is made from carbon fibre that is said to self “heal” and identify and repair small cracks from forming, preventing larger cracks from destroying bodywork.
Lamborghini is also using the Terzio Millennio to showcase “Pilot Driving” technology, which could make it to production Lamborghini models in the not too distant future.
The tech would be able to guide and teach its driver an ideal driving line around a race track and then coach the pilot once they take over.
Parent VW has already tested such technology on the Audi RS7 that can drive itself around the Hockenheimring and the Audi TTS that can drive itself up Pikes Peak.
Lamborghini’s future will be very interesting indeed.