Lamborghini has unveiled its vision of a future all-electric supercar: the Terzo Millennio concept. ‘Terzo Millennio’ – which means ‘third millennium’ – uses in-wheel electric motors to transmit power to all four wheels in variable amounts, depending on demand.
A kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) is used to provide extra power. A super capacitor is also projected to boost power density, although the technology has not yet been developed. Nor have any power or torque figures been quoted.
Light weight is key, and the battery pack forms a structural part of the car to shed weight. The main body/chassis is made of carbonfibre, in which built-in sensors can detect damage or cracks, enabling the bodywork to ‘self heal’ using chemicals in micro-channels of the carbonfibre.
The Terzo Millenio’s design expresses Lamborghini’s future styling direction. Aerodynamics and race-inspired details are to the fore.
A ‘virtual’ cockpit allows the driver to be taken around a race track by a virtual expert before the driver takes to the circuit in the real car following a virtual ‘ghost’ car.
Lamborghini promises a driving experience based on the “responsiveness of the electric motors, the four-wheel torque control and the dynamic body control system.”
Launched at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s EmTech conference, it’s been developed in conjunction with two MIT labs.