Lamborghini and MIT team up to create a "self-healing" electric super sports car

Rebecca Smith
Lamborghini's concept car is a look into the future as it weighs up what could be possible
Lamborghini's concept car is a look into the future as it weighs up what could be possible (Source: Lamborghini)

Lamborghini is collaborating with engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a snazzy new all-electric supercar - and it won't be using batteries.

The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, the concept of which was unveiled by the firm today, instead would get its electricity from a supercapacitor system.

These store and release energy in a different way to that of batteries. Lamborghini thinks batteries won't work in a supercar as they're simply too heavy, and is working with MIT to "overcome the limits of today's technology and close the gap on conventional batteries' energy density, while preserving the high power, symmetrical behaviour and the very long lifecycle related to supercapacitor technology".

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The work is also looking at having each wheel on the car independently powered by an electric motor.

Another characteristic of the car? It could be "self-healing". Sensors in the body, which could be used as an energy storage medium, could detect cracks that could be filled immediately through small internal tubes - granted they were small enough.

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Lamborghini said the target is "to provide the Terzo Millennio with the ability to conduct its own health monitoring to detect cracks and damages in its substructure derived from accidents".

The Italian car firm unveiled its design concept for the car, billing it as "made for future super sports car enthusiasts". Don't expect to see this rolling off the production lines anytime soon - Lamborghini said it is in the midst of sussing out what is and isn't possible when it comes to vehicles of the future.

Stefano Domenicali, chairman and chief executive of Automobili Lamborghini, said:

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.

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