Lamborghini previews an electric future with Terzo Millennio concept
So far, famed Italian car brand Lamborghini has refused to entertain the notion of electrifying its cars. "My dream is to maintain the naturally aspirated engine for as long as possible. It is a sense of emotion in a super-sports car,"says Maurizio Reggiani, boss of the Italian car manufacturer.
But even stubborn Lamborghini knows the days of pure combustion-engined cars could be numbered, and so it's revealed a concept car that embraces electrification. It's called the Terzo Millennio ("third millennium" in Italian) and Lambo hopes it will prove that even an electric supercar can uphold the brand's DNA. It's been created in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The concept is far from production ready, as the insane looks might hint at. Lamborghini is looking well into the future, claiming that conventional batteries aren't energy-dense enough – and says it will develop a new kind of supercapacitor. The Terzo Millennio will have an electric motor on each wheel, giving it four-wheel drive and the ability to shift torque where it's needed, when it's needed, helping cornering and traction.
Worried about how a minor fender bender would damage those insane carbon-fibre curves? Don't be. Lamborghini claims the car's structure will be able to 'heal itself', sealing cracks in the body panels and preventing further damage.
Another worry for petrolheads is the noise – the whirr of an electric motor is nothing like the howl of a V10 petrol engine. But Lamborghini's thought of that, and says it's "looking for every opportunity to generate the sound of the Terzo Millennio."
It's not just the powertrain that's futuristic either, as it contains the latest technology under the skin. Lamborghini's latest innovation is 'Piloted Driving' – allowing the driver to be taken around a track by a 'virtual expert' before taking the wheel to follow a virtual ghost car.
The Terzo Millennio is unlikely to ever see production, but we're likely to see hybrid Lamborghini engines soon – probably in the new Urus SUV and Huracan coupe.