The Lamborghini Terzo Millenio – A Self Healing Electric Car From The Future

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It all started with just an insult back in the 19th century when the owner of Lamborghini, Ferruccio Lamborghini started having problems with the clutch of his Ferrari, he has a sound knowledge of engine visited Enzo Ferrari to give him some suggestions on how he can solve these issues for the other customers as well. Enzo Ferrari told him to stick with making tractors and leave the car industry alone, these words of Enzo created a fierce rival for his brand.

Ferruccio felt insulted and took this insult as a challenge and decided to build his own cars and in 1963 ever shining car brand, Lamborghini was created which became one of the iconic heartthrob car brands globally.

Here is the company now! Meet the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, the Lamborghini for the third millennium. A concept Electric super car that uses its whole body for energy storage and even self heals itself.

This supercar concept is a result of collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which was announced by Lamborghini nearly two years ago.

Lamborghini Terzo Millenio is packed with all sorts of wild tech and is an answer to a seemingly simple question asked by the Lamborghini’s chief technical officer, Maurizio Reggiani—”what is the super sports car of the future?”.

The company wants to build an electric car that has the ability to offer performance and experience you expect from a Lamborghini.

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For this, the company collaborated and started working with the students and professors at MIT. The Italians came up with a five part to-do list: energy storage systems, material science, propulsion, visionary design, and emotion.

The results are as futuristic as you would expect from expect from MIT Ph.D. Students and their professors.

The energy-storage system for the Terzo Millennio was worked on by Prof. Mircea Dinca of MIT’s chemistry department in his Dinca Research Lab.

Terzo Millenio uses supercapacitors instead of traditional batteries for the energy-storage system which will offer great power and recover and harvest kinetic energy at the same time. These capacitors also last longer than batteries. However, they don’t have same energy level density as the Electric car batteries.

The MIT professors and students are working on a way that simultaneously captures and releases energy.

The supercapacitors will power four wheel-mounted electric motors which make the Terzo Millenio all-wheel drive and provides wild torque vectoring capabilities.

The company will also soon make a big appearance in hybrid drivetrain for the Urus,  this idea indicates where the company is heading with electrification.

The all-wheel drive concept is not new, but normally the engineers want to place all the heavy parts like motors to the center or very close to it. The different approach with Terzo Millenio is accordingly strange, however, the organization says keeping all the drivetrain segments at the four corners of the auto gives aerodynamicists and creators more flexibility.

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Prof. Anastasios John Hart, of the MIT Department of engineering, is working on the material science for the Terzo Millenio. The team is developing a new carbon fiber body that will be capable of storing energy in it.

Basically, the whole car’s body and exterior components will be built with carbon fiber nano tubes that will replace lithium-ion batteries which are currently being used in Electric cars. Think of it as the whole body panel being a battery too.

If that is not crazy enough for you, the car’s carbon fiber body can self heal minor cracks and damages from accidents. It works by a micro channel which produces heat to seal the cracks and prevent any risk of further damage. The Terzo Millenio has sensors to detect the damaged area.

The Terzo Millennio utilizes a monocoque worked with Lamborghini’s Forged Composite innovation, where carbon fibers are chopped, molded and pressed into shape, as opposed to being woven. The design is dedicated to perfect airflow and has aerodynamic holes in the body while managing it to look like a Lamborghini.

Lamborghini Terzo Millenio represents the future of Electric supercars and opens up all sorts of imaginative and wild thinking. This is one marvel of engineering by Lamborghini and MIT.

However, don’t expect to see this supercar running on the road for now, as this is currently just a futuristic concept and you will at least have to wait over a decade to experience this futuristic luxury.

 

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