A couple of days ago, this website reported that Automobili Lamborghini was in talks with Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] for a collaboration that would be looking into new lightweight materials and other technology-led applications. The latest on this account that the collaboration has been officially formalised and it definitely points to the first steps of a possible future Lamborghini electric super sports car.
On the occasion of this announcement Lamborghini presents the new design concept “Lamborghini of the Terzo Millennio”. The concept physically imagines design and technology theories of tomorrow, while sustaining the visual intrigue, breath-taking performance and, most importantly, the visceral emotion found in every dimension of a Lamborghini. It is made for future super sports car enthusiasts.
The technological goal of the project is to enable Lamborghini to address the future of the super sports car in five different dimensions: energy storage systems, innovative materials, propulsion system, visionary design, and emotion.
Two laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: the “Dinca Research Lab” and the “Mechanosynthesis Group” will lead to radical innovation in energy storage systems technology and material science.
Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, says: “Exactly one year ago we have signed an agreement with the MIT-Italy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which marked the start of a collaboration between two outstanding entities for the creation of a project that intends to write an important page in the future of super sports cars for the third millennium.
Energy Storage Systems
The approach to energy storage will look at moving away from conventional batteries and investigating the potential of supercapacitors to equip the Terzo Millennio. This is in line with the application of low voltage supercapacitors in the V12 Aventador.
To support the energy storage systems, materials and their functions will involve design and production of carbon fibre structures and parts. Focus will be on new manufacturing routes for carbon fibre materials which will also act as an accumulator for energy storage and enable the complete body of the Terzo Millennio to be used as a storage system.
The Terzo Millennio also represents the first steps for Lamborghini to go in the direction of creating a “Lamborghini Electric”. Moving the electric motors into the wheels has another positive effect: freedom for designers and aerodynamicists.
The Terzo Millenio is the visionary outcome conceived by the Lamborghini Centro Stile to express future design elements, taking into account the radical changes in technology and anticipating elements of forthcoming Lamborghini design. An example for a very strong statement is the evolution and further development of the Lamborghini typical Y-signature in the front and rear lights.