No, this isn’t about “That Car“ — this is about a new Lamborghini that is making a debut at MIT’s EmTech Conference this week. The Terzo Millennio is a hot new “concept” car that is the product of a collaboration between Lamborghini and MIT, and here is a one minute glimpse of this newest sensation in transportation.
There are actually tons of innovations packed into the car. For example, it has a new supercapacitor that makes strides towards closing the gap with traditional batteries. However, an innovation making bigger news is their take on how to innovate in the area of materials.
Lamborghini aims to reduce weight and to increase the availability of electric energy using structural electric energy storing composites as a rechargeable battery. The target is to improve the nanomaterial technology, diffusing nano-charges in CFK-based panels able to store electric energy and in the meantime to form the body and structures of the car. At the same time, the project aims to combine the technology to monitor continuously the whole carbon fiber structure, both visible and invisible, with the concept of health-monitoring: the goal is to provide for the Terzo Millennio the ability to conduct its own health-monitoring, to detect cracks and damages that might occur after accident, throughout its substructure, while limiting or reducing to zero the risks correlated to the presence and propagation of cracks in the carbon fiber structure. — Lamborghini
Wow! That’s a mouthful, but if you understand it, then you know that it is different than the way your car works now. There is also a whole new architecture that distributes the motors to the wheels. Yes, to the wheels!
One of the most interesting advantage of every electric powertrain is to feed with energy a system made of several electric machines, just through wires. Lamborghini aims to use this opportunity to generate torque directly into the wheels, letting the body of the vehicle free to be shaped by the needs of design and aerodynamics. The challenge to be faced here is to develop a technology suitable to increase the power density of the in–wheel electric motor to the level a 4WD super sports car deserves, keeping the weight of the unsuspended masses under control. — Lamborghini
Here are the official stories from Lamborghini’s web site.
Lamborghini Unveils The Future Sports Car At EmTech MIT (Lamborghini)
The Sports Car of the Future (Lamborghini)
This car must be truly breathtaking, because here’s just a sample of the many breathless reviews online…
The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept is a lightning strike from the future (Sean O’Kane, The Verge)
Lamborghini and MIT’s Terzo Millennio concept is bonkers (Jeremy White, Wired)
Lamborghini and MIT team up to create the self-healing supercar of the future (Stephen Edelstein, Digital Trends)
Of course, most of us won’t get the chance to actually drive a Lamborghini. In case you’re wondering what it’s like, here’s a 360° Video that gives a sense of what it’s like to test drive the older Huracán model.
Finally, if you want to get a sneak peek at tomorrow’s technology news today, keep an eye on what’s going on at MIT’s EmTech Conference this week.