Automobili Lamborghini joined forces with two laboratories of 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) to create the new design concept Lamborghini of the Terzo Millennio. The project marks the first steps of a possible future Lamborghini electric super sports car and physically imagines design and technology theories of tomorrow.
While creating the Terzo Millenio concept, the Lamborghini Centro Stile took into account the radical changes in technology and anticipating elements of forthcoming Lamborghini design. The car is the evolution and further development of the Lamborghini typical Y-signature in the front and rear lights. A highly advanced monocoque can be modelled, containing only the energy accumulation system and driver’s and co-driver’s seats, inspired by race cars.
To equip the Terzo Millennio, Lamborghini is shifting from conventional batteries and investigating the potential of supercapacitors. Together with with Prof. Mircea Dinca, Lamborghini is working on a storage system that will be able to deliver high peak power and regenerate kinetic energy with very limited influence from aging 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. The cooperation with Prof. John Hart will investigate the new manufacturing routes for carbon fiber materials constituting the bodyshell of the Terzo Millennio, which will also act as an accumulator for energy storage and enable the complete body of the car to be used as a storage system.[justified_image_grid preset=18 ids=123236,123234,123235,123232,123233,123237,123238,123239 caption=off]
The responsiveness of the electric motors, the four-wheel torque control and the dynamic body control system will enhance the driver’s experience, while the consequent aerodynamics and innovative lightweight approach will result in a new dimension of longitudinal as well as lateral dynamics. The Terzo Millenio’s virtual cockpit features Piloted Driving simulation that allows the driver to be taken around a track 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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