Electric cars and autonomy are the next era of the automotive industry. And Lamborghini, keen on not being left behind, joined up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last year in order to “rewrite the rules on super sports cars.” – Jalopnik.
“The new Lamborghini collaboration allows us to be ambitious and think outside the box in designing new materials that answer energy storage challenges for the demands of an electric sport vehicle,” said the company’s official statement.
It might all sound like fantasy, but Lamborghini is stepping into its electric shoes with a very open mind, claiming that the break through solution to making a lightweight electric sports car could be down to the development of body panels which double as energy storage panels, thus skipping batteries altogether.
“The new Lamborghini collaboration allows us to be ambitious and think outside the box in designing new materials that answer energy storage challenges for the demands of an electric sport vehicle,” MIT chemistry Professor Mircea Dinca said in a statement.
MIT aren’t being modest about their materials development program either. Professors from the institute and Lamborghini want to find a carbon fibre structure which can “self-heal” small cracks in its substructure.
As Road & Track breaks it down:
As if that’s not radical enough, the Terzo Millennio’s carbon fiber structure can heal itself if there are any cracks or damages from an accident. If the car detects carbon-fiber damage, micro-channels generate heat to seal cracks and mitigate risk of any further damage.
On the driving front, the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio will follow suit with car makers like Tesla, having all four wheels powered by independent electric motors to retain Lamborghini’s all-wheel-drive hallmark in its future electric cars.
Don’t be holding your breath for an all electric sports car like the Porsche just as yet. At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali told journalists that the company’s electric future may still be a while away.
“Electrification is an area of great attention for us, but I‘m not expecting it will happen in the short term,” Domenicali said in a Reuters report. He also stressed that there’d be no full-electric Lamborghini sports car before 2025. A hybrid with a ‘W’ or ‘V’ engine designation however is much more likely, according to Maurizio Reggiani, the company’s director of R&D.
“It will be a big task,” he told reporters at the Terzo Millennio launch. “But we live for this.”
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