The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Is a Wild Electric Hypercar For the Future
Nov 6, 2017  Chris Perkins


The “Lamborghini of the Third Millennium” is a concept to showcase the
Italian supercar maker’s future. It looks like it’ll be a good future.
A little over a year ago, Lamborghini announced that it was collaborating
with students and professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) on future car technologies. The first fruit of their collaboration has
been revealed in concept form today, and boy, it's something else. It's an
all-electric hypercar called the Terzo Millennio—Italian for "Third
Millennium"—and it's packed with all sorts of wild tech.

With the Terzo Millennio, Lamborghini is attempting to answer a seemingly
simple question asked by the company's chief technical officer, Marurizio
Reggiani—"what is the super sports car of the future?" For Lamborghini, that
means an electric car, but one unlike anything else we've ever seen.

Lamborghini wants an electric car that can run three or four laps of the
Nurburgring Nordschleife in a row at full tilt, then completely recharge
within a few minutes. And all the while, it has to provide the performance
and emotional experience you expect from a      

Lamborghini's collaboration with MIT is focused in two areas—energy-storage
systems, and material science. The results are as crazy-futuristic as you'd
expect from MIT professors and their PhD. students.

Prof. Mircea Dinca of MIT's chemistry department, and his laboratory, the
Dinca Research Lab, worked on the energy-storage system for the Terzo
Millennio. Instead of conventional batteries, the Terzo Millenio uses
supercapacitors, which can provide great power and recover and harvest
kinetic energy at the same time. On top of that, supercapacitors don't age
as quickly batteries, making them ideal for car use.

Supercapacitors don't yet have quite the same level energy density as the
batteries used in electric cars, though, so that's where Prof. Dinca comes
in. His lab is working towards creating parity between supercapacitors and

These supercapacitors will drive four wheel-mounted electric motors, that
give the Terzo Millennio all-wheel drive, and wild torque vectoring
capabilities. Lamborghini will soon debut a conventional plug-in hybrid
drivetrain for the Urus, but this concept shows where the company really
wants to head with electrification.

While using an electric motor for each wheel isn’t a new concept—see the
Rimac Concept:One for an example—having those motors mounted at the wheel
is. Typically with any car, engineers want to move all the heavy components,
like motors, as close to the center of as possible. Lamborghini’s approach
with the Terzo Millennio is therefore counterintuitive, but the company says
keeping all the drivetrain components at the four corners of the car gives
designers and aerodynamicists more freedom.

The material science side of the collaboration is headed by Prof. Anastasios
John Hart, of the MIT department of engineering. Prof. Hart and Lamborghini
are working on developing a new carbon-fiber bodyshell for the Terzo
Millennio that will be able to store electrical energy. These body panels
will use electricity-storing carbon nanotubes sandwiched between two
laminates of carbon fiber. Basically, think of the Terzo Millennio's body as
being its battery too.

As if that’s not radical enough, the Terzo Millennio’s carbon fiber
structure can heal itself if there are any cracks or damages from an
accident. If the car detects carbon-fiber damage, micro-channels generate
heat to seal cracks and mitigate risk of any further damage. Lamborghini
says this tech will allow carbon fiber to be used more extensively
throughout the car, helping keep weight in check—especially with the usage
of wheel-mounted electric motors.       

The Terzo Millennio uses a monocoque built with Lamborghini’s Forged
Composite technology, where carbon fibers are chopped, molded and pressed
into shape, rather than being woven. This concept rides on a new platform
which Lamborghini says is “totally dedicated to perfecting airflow.” It
still looks like a Lamborghini, though, since it was designed by the
company’s in-house design team.

The Terzo Millennio represents all sorts of imaginative thinking from
Lamborghini and MIT, pointing to the future of supercars and hypercars. It’s
hard to believe that this came from the same company that, just 30 years
ago, installed a wing on the Countach simply because it looked cool.

But don't ask anyone at Lamborghini if you can buy this car. This is very
much a concept—a striking way to present the futuristic technologies the
company and MIT are developing. And some of these technologies are very,
very futuristic.

In a press conference today, Reggiani cited supercapacitor technology as
something that maybe we could see in the not-too-distant future, but the
self-healing energy-harvesting carbon fiber body? That's a way's away.

Lamborghini wants to declare itself a technology leader—that's partially why
it inked a deal with MIT a year ago. With the Terzo Millennio, the company
is casting its net wide, thinking far into the future about what its cars
could be. It might not be something we see for decades, but that probably
doesn't matter.

We're at MIT today to check out an exterior design model of the Terzo
Millennio and to talk to the team behind it. Stay tuned for more on this
fascinating car.
[© 2017 Hearst Communications]
The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept Is Lambo’s Electric Sci-Fi Future
11/06/17  Kristen Lee


You can always count on Lamborghini to make a batshit concept. Look no
further than its latest example: the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, which
means “third millennium” in Italian. It’s here as a stunning (and
stationary) idea for now, but one that the Italian automaker hopes will set
the stage for the supercars of tomorrow.

Electric cars and autonomy are the next era of the automotive industry. And
Lamborghini, keen on not being left behind, joined up with the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology last year in order to “rewrite the rules on super
sports cars.”

Batteries, as Lamborghini boldly claims in its press release, aren’t energy
dense enough, which is why it will aim to develop a new kind of
supercapacitor and give each wheel an electric motor—making the car
four-wheel drive. This will supposedly open the car’s design up to better
weight-saving and aerodynamics.

And while we’re on the subject of design, Lamborghini is also talking about
making the car’s carbon fiber’s structure self-healing (somehow). As Road &
Track breaks it down:

    As if that’s not radical enough, the Terzo Millennio’s carbon fiber
structure can heal itself if there are any cracks or damages from an
accident. If the car detects carbon-fiber damage, micro-channels generate
heat to seal cracks and mitigate risk of any further damage.

That sounds cool as hell but also sort of reminds me of a creepy bug.

Anyway, Lamborghini’s partnership with MIT is expected to last three years.
The Verge, which is at the Terzo Millennio’s unveiling in Boston right now,
reports that it’s costing the company €200,000 ($232,285) per year, but the
conversation was shushed before more details could be revealed.

I hope you aren’t afraid of an electric Lamborghini because this seems to be
it, but Lamborghini says that it’s “looking for every opportunity to
generate the sound of the Terzo Millennio.” So it’ll sound good, at least.
We hope.

Also, the Terzo Millennio, if something like it even happens, seems like
it’s years and years away. The hybrid Urus and hybrid Huracán, though...
those are most likely going to come about pretty soon.
[© 2017 Gizmodo Media]
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