Lamborghini's New Concept Electric Car is Energy Storage On Wheels

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An element of the Terzo Millennio that may not take a generation to develop could be the car's "Piloted Driving" systems.

Naturally Lamborghini is all about the theater of the supercar, and the Terzo Millennio, with its responsive electric motors and four-wheel torque control, promises blistering performance combined with its active aerodynamics.

But what's most interesting about the MIT collaboration is the car's carbon fibre body which, Lamborghini says, is meant to store energy.

Lamborghini has been using low-voltage supercapacitors for about five years in its V12 Aventador, and calls the use of more energy-dense examples for electric drive "the next logical step".

Designed in-house by Lamborghini Centro Stile, the vehicle takes into account advancing technologies such as an entirely new architecture prioritising high aerodynamics and low drag, and a new composite monocoque tub built in Lamborghini's own carbon fibre plant. The collaboration is substantially financed by Automobili Lamborghini and meant to lead to radical innovation in energy storage systems technology and material science. The front wings that house the wheels then appear to float off this main body, giving the front-end hints of Aston Martin Valkyrie in profile.

To move away from conventional batteries, the Terzo Millennio would use supercapacitors to recover and use electric power at the same time - streamlining the energy delivery process and lengthening the life of the powertrain.

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One of the highlights is its energy storage capacity.

Dealing with the powertrain first, the Millennio shuns normal batteries as MIT opted to employ supercapacitors for power, which references the vehicle company's use of low voltage supercapacitors in the V12 Aventador from five years ago. Moving the electric motors into the wheels supposedly has another positive effect: "freedom for designers and aerodynamicists".

Lamborghini's supercars of tomorrow will incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to improve driver skills, but don't expect them to be self-driving. A highly advanced monocoque based on Lamborghini's Forged Composite technology can be modelled, containing only the energy accumulation system and driver's and co-driver's seats, inspired by race cars.

The regenerative system not only would prevent small cracks from growing larger, which ultimately would force owners to replace the damaged piece entirely, it also means cars can be made much lighter.

In other word's, the car's own body is the battery, which in theory sounds somewhat unsafe.

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