Lamborghini has taken the wraps off the futuristic Terzo Millennio concept.
Created in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Terzo Millennio concept is a supercar which has been designed for the third millennium. As a result, the car has an advanced electric powertrain, an ultra lightweight structure, and an extremely aerodynamic exterior.
Speaking of the powertrain, the concept has four electric motors which are powered by supercapacitors and energy storage devices which are built into the concept's body panels. In order to achieve this, Lamborghini envisions the car would use carbon fiber nanotubes and ultra thin batteries that can be formed into various shapes and sandwiched in between two panels.
Lamborghini didn't go into specifics but said the setup promises to provide fast recharging times which are aided by an advanced kinetic energy regeneration system.
Given the combination of carbon fiber and high-tech batteries, it seems certain that some of the panels would eventually form cracks and potentially break. To prevent this, Lamborghini and MIT are working towards developing carbon fiber that can effectively heal itself. As the company explained, the car would continually monitor itself and look for any signs of damage. If a crack is detected, "micro-channels filled with healing chemistries" would release to fix the faulty panel or component.
The technology is definitely futuristic and shouldn't expect to see it on a Lamborghini anytime soon. However, Lamborghini's research and development boss noted the technology is a work in progress and some components are closer to becoming a reality than others.