In-wheel motors, cutting-edge materials and sharp design signal Lamborghini’s direction for the future
Lamborghini has revealed the Terzo Millennio concept at EmTech; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s in-house tech conference.
The Terzo Millennio – meaning third millennium – is all-electric, with in-wheel motors providing power. Lamborghini has not specified how much power the car produces.
A kinetic energy recovery system is also used, to give extra power to the lightweight supercar, and a super capacitor is planned for the model, although the brand admits that battery technology is not currently where it needs to be. It aims to develop a super capacitor for a leap in energy density.
Structural components double up as the car’s battery pack to shed weight – another area where Lamborghini alleges the current technology isn’t up to scratch. The rest of the car is made of carbon fibre, although sensors allow the car to monitor the structural integrity of its own body, detecting damage and cracks in the bodywork.
Without a traditional four-wheel drive drivetrain running the length of the car, Lamborghini was able to design the car’s body to suit aerodynamics. This is another area highlighted for further development, as is the sound of the car.
“The adoption of an electric power train requires to define a sound able to substitute the one of today’s V12,” Lamborghini admits, although it does not go so far as to explain what kind of sound will be produced by the concept.