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The sustainable supercar of the future

The Property Addict / Toys

Nov 12 2017

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The concept can store its own energy and fix its own body, should the vehicle need it.

When legendary Italian automaker Lamborghini announced a partnership with the brilliant minds at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to design a supercar for the future, something special was bound to happen. But now that details about the Terzo Millennio are out in the open, the car’s slick design and high-tech functionality practically defy our current comprehension of automotive form and function.

The first and foremost design characteristic is the complete absence of a traditional drivetrain. Instead, the Terzo Millennio hides an electric motor in each of the four wheel wells, freeing up more opportunities for aerodynamic-boosting air channels and Lamborghini’s characteristically sharp and contoured aesthetics. The end result is a cabin that offers an unprecedented view of the road ahead, and a carbon fiber–wrapped exterior that looks more like a Batmobile than anything on the road today.

Yet, it’s what isn’t there that’s most special about Lamborghini and MIT’s electric supercar concept. Instead of the bulky batteries currently found in Teslas and hybrids, the Terzo Millennio will come packed with tiny “supercapacitators”, which can store, charge, and transfer energy more efficiently without taking up a lot of space. Even crazier, Lamborghini and MIT are currently researching methods that would allow them to use carbon nanotubes to turn the car’s body into its own sort of energy storage system. In turn, that could help the Terzo Millennio to “self-repair” small cracks and other dings over time by using “microchannels” in the bodywork.

Rightfully recognizing that a Lamborghini isn’t nearly as fun when you’re not really the one behind the wheel, don’t expect the Terzo Millennio to be fully self-driving. However, reports suggest that any automation features will be designed with an eye toward enhancing the driving experience rather than depriving us of it.

By Tim Nelson. Originally published in Architectural Digest.

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