Imagine driving a car that can “heal” itself.
Yes, you read right.
While we’re still thinking of adding a ‘normal’ Lamborghini to our wish list, the automobile company just stepped up their game with this beast of an invention.
Meet the ‘Lamborghini Terzo Millennio’ aka the car of the FUTURE.
The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio (Italian for the Third Millennium) is a futuristic electric concept car introduced by Italian automobile manufacturer Lamborghini and developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT). It is the first product of a three-year, £100,000,000 partnership among the two institutions. The Terzo Millennio was unveiled in November 2017 at the EmTech conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.
Before we bore you with the mechanics, let’s quench your thirst on how this car can actually heal itself.
The purpose of the self-healing technology created by Lamborghini is to give the Terzo Millennio the ability to conduct its own “health monitoring” to detect cracks and damages in its substructure after accidents. If the car detects damage to the carbon fibre, micro-channels can generate heat to seal cracks and mitigate the risk of any further damage. Lamborghini says this tech will allow carbon fibre to be used more extensively throughout the car to reduce the vehicle’s weight.
The sports car of the future uses electricity instead of petrol. Electric systems generate high efficiency and offer several interesting characteristics like the possibility to recover kinetic energy and to deliver huge peaks of power. In order to make the most from the opportunities offered by electrification, the accumulation system must be power-oriented and symmetrical, to allow high performances and the greatest energy recovery possible.
Lamborghini aims to reduce weight and increase the availability of electric energy using 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.
The Terzo Millennio is reported to have an autonomous system. Unfortunately, it can only be for racetrack driving. This system would make the car run a full lap without any mistakes, then teach the driver how to run the lap on their own, using a ghost car, which is based on a video game series.
If these qualities don’t excite you, we don’t know what else will.
There is neither price guidance nor a timeline on the Terzo Millennio; a production model won’t be available for years. Still, affordability isn’t a concept we can see Lamborghini exploring.