The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio is Lamborghini’s answer to a shifting world. Many car manufacturers started to shift to electric cars and Lamborghini had to show the world that it is keeping up with the rest of them.
It was a bold move from them though. I’m saying this because Lamborghini is known for their naturally aspirated engine and they don’t even want to shift to forced induction let alone electric motors.
The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept is the result of collaboration between Lamborghini and MIT, wherein the two parties are digging into materials research and other automotive-related areas. The whole point is to envision a supercar not from the next generation, but the generation after that. It focuses on five distinct areas — energy storage, materials, propulsion, design and emotion.
In terms of propulsion, it packs four electric motors, one in each wheel, which permits more freedom in design by hiding all the motor-related stuff in the wheel wells.
As for energy storage, Lamborghini moved away from standard batteries and instead focused on supercapacitors, which can accept and deliver charge faster than batteries can, while withstanding numerous charge cycles and featuring storage capacities much higher than standard capacitors. Lamborghini currently uses supercapacitors to power the stop-start system of the Aventador.
Lamborghini says that the Terzo Millennio is an idea about the company’s future in 2040 when electric cars are going to take over. But are we going to wait until 2040 for electric cars to take over? I don’t think so. I believe it is closer than that.
Bottom line is it is good to see companies competing for the best idea.