Lamborghini unveils its first electric supercar Terzo Millennio concept

Lamborghini teased a new concept car with a simple picture and caption, describing the new vehicle as the “future of super sports cars.”

Lamborghini and MIT’s Terzo Millennio is a ‘self-healing future supercar’.  The whole body of the car can be used for energy storage, which isn’t even the wildest thing about it.

On this Monday, Lamborghini pulled the wraps off of the fully-electric Terzo Millennio–and it’s even crazier than we imagined. The Lambo’s name, Italian for “Third Millennium,” describes the innovative energy storage and materials.

The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept is the collaboration between Lamborghini and MIT. 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.

The materials used in the Terzo Millennio do more than keep the car rigid. Lamborghini and MIT are researching the car’s carbon fiber body as an energy storage medium, turning the whole body into a battery of sorts.

That technology can also be used to monitor the car’s carbon fiber structure. If small cracks develop – say, from a collision – the charge may move through the body differently, which can kick-start a “self-repairing” process in order to prevent the cracks from growing.

In spite of its electric power, Lamborghini is currently developing a sound system to give the car a distinct “exhaust”. It wouldn’t be a Lambo if it didn’t make vicious sounds after all.

The Terzo Millennio concept supercar incorporates futuristic design elements and new technologies while staying true to Lamborghini’s aggressive, performance-driven look, and it could very well be the Italian automaker’s future.


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