Lamborghini builds some of the most powerful automobiles on the planet, and like several other automakers, the Italian company has plans of releasing an electric vehicle (EV), too. That is the reason why some of Lamborhini's engineers are in Massachusetts—the Italian supercar company is collaborating with two laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on an electric super car concept called "Lamborghini of the Terzo Millennio."
"Exactly one year ago we have signed an agreement with the MIT-Italy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which marked the start of a collaboration between two outstanding entities for the creation of a project that intends to write an important page in the future of super sports cars for the third millennium," Stefano Domenicali, chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, said in a statement.
"Collaborating with MIT for our R&D department is an exceptional opportunity to do what Lamborghini has always been very good at: rewriting the rules on super sports cars. Now we are presenting an exciting and progressive concept car. We are inspired by embracing what is impossible today to craft the realities of tomorrow: Lamborghini must always create the dreams of the next generation," Domenicali added.
Lamborhini says it wants to address the future of the super sports car in five different dimensions, including energy storage systems, innovative materials, propulsion systems, visionary design, and emotion. The first two of those dimensions it conceived with the two labs at MIT.
Of course, building a super car that can run on batteries is no easy task. That is part of the reason why Lamborghini is working with MIT—it wants to revolutionize the approach to energy storage by moving away from conventional batteries and investigating the potential of supercapacitors.
To some extent, Lamborghini is part of the way there. The company's Aventador, which it began work on five years ago, uses low voltage capacitors. For the Terzo Millennio, Lamborghini is looking to develop a storage system that is able to deliver high peak power and regenerate kinetic energy with limited influence from aging and cycling during the vehicle's life. In other words, it wants an electric system that delivers a whole lot of power, recharges quickly, and degrades slower than current battery technologies.
For that to happen, Lamborghini needs to put a lot of thought and R&D into innovative materials. Or as Lamborghini puts it, there is a need to "take lightweight materials to the next level." All of this will ultimately be wrapped in a design that Lamborghini envisions being a "radical expression of aerodynamic supremacy." We can hardly wait.