Lamborghini has revealed a new design concept in collaboration with two laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, making the first steps of a possible future Lamborghini electric super sports car. Lamborghini Terzo Millennio focuses, specifically, on different dimensions of technology and design including, energy storage systems, innovative materials, propulsion systems. In a time when the high-end automobile industry when all car designs are moving away from traditional energy storage systems and conventional batteries, Lamborghini investigates the potential of supercapacitors.
This is in line with the application of low voltage supercapacitors in the V12 Aventador, which started five years ago. The next logical step is the development of a storage system able to deliver high peak power and regenerate kinetic energy with very limited influence from aging and cycling during the vehicle’s life. At the same time, the system must be able to symmetrically release and harvest electric power. this system requires the utilization of new materials and produce carbon fiber structure and parts — taking lightweight materials to the next level.
The energy storage system goes hand-in hand with performance: each wheel incorporates an integrated electric engine, perpetuating the commitment to four-wheel drive and in the meantime harvesting the opportunities provided by electric motors: high torque, reversibility, and the possibility of moving energy by wire. Moving the electric motors into the wheels has another positive effect: freedom for designers and aerodynamicists.