Lamborghini's Future Supercars Will Be Electric, Self-Repairing, But Not Self-Driving

Lamborghini teases new concept for MIT Em Tech   The automaker refers to its concept as the future of supercars.          
    Andrew Hoyle  CNET

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 auto.

Lamborghini said the Terzo Millennio is all-wheel-drive, with electric motors driving each individual wheel, allowing for highly precise torque vectoring.

But what's most interesting about the MIT collaboration is the car's carbon fibre body which, Lamborghini says, is meant to store energy.

Lamborghini calls its collaboration with the Boston-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) "an important page in the future of the super sports auto for the third millennium". We are inspired by embracing what is impossible today to craft the realities of tomorrow: Lamborghini must always create the dreams of the next generation. The Lamborghini supercar goes with the code name Lamborghini Terzo Millennio and offers tons of features and an irresistible design language, with a pinch of Lamborghini's signature touches.

While Lamborghini doesn't explicitly say that the concept vehicle is fully electric, it does imply that thanks to the expertise of two laboratories at MIT, one led by Prof.


It also represents the first solid step toward a future all-electric supercar from Lamborghini, although CEO Stefano Domenicali told journalists in March at the 2017 Geneva motor show that future may be some ways off. "We'll have three scientists working full time on making these new materials, testing them, and collaborating with Lamborghini", said MIT Professor Mircea Dinca, who will direct one of the labs.

From a design perspective the designers at Lamborghini were given a lot of freedom to give the Terzo Millennio its extravagant silhouette.

In essence, this virtual driver's aid will allow you to complete a lap of a race track before you even take command of the vehicle. Sensors in the body, which could be used as an energy storage medium, could detect cracks that could be filled immediately through small internal tubes - granted they were small enough. Bear with us here, but Lamborghini has started developing carbonfibre chassis components with the ability to accumulate energy for storage in the body itself. Lamborghini's latest innovation is "Piloted Driving" - allowing the driver to be taken around a track by a "virtual expert" before taking the wheel to follow a virtual ghost vehicle.

Lamborghini builds some of the most powerful automobiles on the planet, and like several other automakers, the Italian company has plans of releasing an electric vehicle (EV), too.

The body is made using high-quality carbon fibre material, which has the property like light-weight and high strength compared to the metals.

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