The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio is a futuristic electric super sports car that is being researched in collaboration with MIT says Automobili Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani. He said that one of the key technologies that they are collaborating on is a carbon fiber body panel and chassis that will incorporate battery storage and include a high-tech ultra efficient supercapacitor storing more energy with less weight and size.
We were in a Board meeting with our President Stefano Domenicali and we had a discussion about the future of Lamborghini. You can imagine that the super sports car tradition is part of our heritage. But it’s clear we need to look forward as well. If we look forward there is a short-term strategy that is already defined and part of our normal development. However, sometimes you must be much more visionary, to look really forward. Together we started a discussion and we decided to launch a project that we called the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio.
We tried to determine if a futuristic car can be a Lamborghini with the technology of today. The answer was no. For this reason, we started to scout what technology needs are important for the future and we recognized that nowhere was this technology available. Looking inside the most important center of research where something similar was in the pipeline of investigation we discovered at MIT several laboratories that were working on something exactly like this.
Two years ago there was an official signage between Lamborghini and MIT with this level of collaboration we opened two laboratories that work on futuristic research of structural carbon fiber elements. This research focused on a carbon fiber chassis and body panel that can be made to function as the battery, to store energy inside the panel of the car. The other laboratory is researching a supercapacitor that will allow it to have much more energy storage with less weight and less packaging.
After just one year of signing this agreement with MIT, we have already had a big result in terms of research. It’s clear that it is something that is a strategic project because as you can imagine normally a project like this has three or four years of timing where professors, students, and our engineering team works together. Not everything will work perfectly because it is still being researched and research doesn’t every time provide a solution. We will need to see what can be appliable and can also be sustainable from an economic point of view.