The “Lamborghini of the Terzo Millennio” concept physically imagines design and technology theories of tomorrow, while sustaining the visual intrigue, breathtaking 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.
The first two dimensions are conceived together with the two laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: the “Dinca Research Lab”, led by Prof. Mircea Dinca, Department of Chemistry, and the “Mechanosynthesis Group”, led by Prof. Anastasios John Hart, Department of Mechanical Engineering. The collaboration is substantially financed by Automobili Lamborghini and intended to lead to radical innovation in energy storage systems technology and material science.
The strategy of creating super sports cars with uncompromising performance generates Lamborghini’s motivation to revolutionise the approach to energy storage, moving away from conventional batteries and investigating the potential of supercapacitors to equip the Terzo Millennio (“Third Millennium”.
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 ageing and cycling during the vehicle’s life, and with the ability to symmetrically release and harvest electric power.
To support this revolution in energy storage systems, materials and their functions have to change, too. Lamborghini aims to further develop its leadership in the design and production of carbon fibre structures and parts, enhancing its ability to develop features and functions that take 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 harvesting the opportunities provided by electric motors in terms of high torque, reversibility, and the possibility of moving energy by wire.
The Terzo Millennio therefore also embodies 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.
Fundamental to a Lamborghini hypercar of the future is sustaining the emotion of driving a Lamborghini, and an immersive driver experience. The responsiveness of the electric motors, the four-wheel torque control and the dynamic body control system will enhance the driver’s experience, projecting it into the third millennium.
Finally, the consequent aerodynamics and innovative lightweight approach will result in a new dimension of longitudinal as well as lateral dynamics, in this combination until today unknown from electrified cars.
The Terzo Millenio’s virtual cockpit allows more than travelling the highways of a future world. Its Piloted Driving simulation allows the driver to be taken around a racetrack such as Imola by a virtual expert before the driver takes over to feel like a “pilot” himself, experiencing the real car and circuit while following the virtual ghost car.
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