One of the most exciting collaborations of 2017 could produce the car of the future – an all-electric road rocket that is more than just a treat for the eyes.
A self-repairing hypercar? That is what the Automobili Lamborghini’s visionary plans center around. In November, the company officially revealed its exploration into innovative technologies and the development of electric power trains in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With that mission in mind, the marque also unveiled a super sports car concept called Lamborghini of the Terzo Millennio. Under the collaboration with the participants in the MIT-Italy Program, both institutions are focused on five areas of advancement. These include new systems for propulsion and energy storage, a next-level design language, adoption of cutting-edge materials, and a new level of driver experience and automotive interface.
Lamborghini is not a brand that shies away from challenges and the Terzo Millennio concept certainly proves this with its entire carbon-fiber body serving as a reservoir for reserve energy.
As far as energy and storage breakthroughs, supercapacitors fitted in the car will optimize power and contribute to the regeneration of kinetic energy while greatly increasing the system’s lifecycle compared to existent battery configurations. Storage capacity will be another key element of the Terzo Millennio’s entire carbon-fiber body. It will serve as a reservoir for reserve energy. This alternative “fuel” will be injected into electric motors located at each wheel. In addition, the vehicle’s proposed ability to conduct diagnostics and repair its own detected defects and weak points is a concept that will thrill many driving enthusiasts. This will be achieved via so-called arteries within the body that contain restorative chemicals.
In theory, this will allow the vehicle to conduct its own diagnostics and structural repair. The car will boast forged composite monocoque construction and present a new direction in design—one that enhances aerodynamics more than ever. Inside, the driver will have access to the vehicle’s Piloted Driving simulation, which is capable of autonomously guiding the occupant around a selected racecourse before turning the car over to human control.
While the car is still far from production or even development, it’s certainly something that will stir waves in the automobile sector in the following years.