The Lamborgini Terzo Millennio Is Electric Supercar For The Future
By: Fedora Atjeh | November 07, 2017
A little more than a year ago, Lamborghini announced that it was starting a collaboration with the students and professors of the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to develop new technologies applicable to the automotive industry. The first collaboration of this collaboration has been unveiled today in the form of a concept car, the Lamborghini Terzo Millenio. And it comes loaded with technology of the future.
With the Terzo Millenio, Lamborghini tries to answer a seemingly simple question from the technical director of the brand, Maurizio Reggiani, what will the supercar of the future be like? And the answer is an electric one, but that has nothing to do with what we have seen so far.
Lamborgini Terzo Millennio Electric car with supercapacitors
Lamborghini takes time focusing on the sensations produced by their cars rather than the pure and hard performance as the sole objective. And the strategy is working for them (there are 7,000 units manufactured by Aventador and 9,000 by Huracán), so the idea of an electric supercar must also be different from what we know.
The Terzo Millenio must be able to do four laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife thoroughly and recharge the batteries in a few minutes. And still, it must be able to deliver the benefits and the sensations to the steering wheel that one expects of a Lamborghini.
The collaboration with MIT focused on two areas: the storage of energy and the materials used. The first section was commissioned by Professor Mircea Dinca and his students. And instead of opting for batteries, bet the supercapacitors. These can deliver a large amount of energy and at the same time recover the kinetic energy. In addition, supercapacitors do not age as fast as batteries, making them ideal for cars.
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The supercapacitors would be the panacea if they do not offer the same energy density as the batteries to be used in cars. And that's where Professor Dinca and his laboratory come into play. Its objective is to achieve an energy density for supercapacitors similar to that of batteries.
In the case of the Terzo Millenio, the supercapacitors feed four electric motors, which gives it an integral traction and a distribution of wild torque. Four engines per wheel is not new, however the novelty lies in its location. Normally, engineers try to concentrate the mass of the car in the center of the car, here Lamborghini puts the engines on the same wheels, that is, on the ends of the car. The idea is to be able to give freedom of expression to designers and aerodynamic engineers.
Carbon fiber that is repaired alone
Regarding the new materials section, Professor Anastasios John Hart, his students and Lamborghini are working on the development of a new carbon fiber body capable of storing electricity. Those body panels will use nanotubes - to store the current - trapped between two sheets of carbon fiber. Come on, that the body would be one more battery of the car.
Finally, the body and part of the structure in carbon fiber could be regenerated or fixed itself after a small shock thanks to micro channels that generate heat to melt part of the fiber and thus cover the possible cracks.
It's a pure and hard concept car
Many of these technologies are still in a very embryonic phase of development and nobody knows if one day, more or less close in time, will be available. At the moment, the Terzo Millenio is a concept car in the strictest sense.
Of course, it has more current elements, such as the chassis made of forged composite materials - a technology that has been developed in Seattle at its dedicated R & D center. In this case the carbon fiber is chopped, molded and shaped in a press instead of baking in an oven, as do the rest of manufacturers. In the current range, this fiber is appreciated as a decorative element in many models since it visually recalls marble.
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Finally we can not ignore the design made internal by Lamborghini. Despite its clear futuristic aspect is undoubtedly Lamborghini, retains that air of family with the rest of the range (something that is not so evident in an Aston Martin Valkyrie or a Mercedes-AMG Project One). The work of aerodynamics, released from the imperatives of a thermal engine car is superb.
The objective of the Lamborghini Terzo Millenio is to break the current barriers and look to the future, wanting to lay new design bases. In fact and as a nod, the designers included in one of the images a model of the Lancia Stratos Zero of 1970.