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11-14-2017

Lamborghini Presents Electric Super Sports Car

At EmTech MIT Conference last week Automobili Lamborghini presented “Terzo Millennio”, a new design concept about the future of the super sports cars. In collaboration with two laboratories of the MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the “Dinca Research Lab” and the “Mechanosynthesis Group”, Lamborghini has developed the prototype of an electric sports car with innovative materials and groundbreaking energy storage system.

Energy

Lamborghini's sports car of the future uses electricity instead of gasoline. Electric systems generate high efficiency and offer several interesting characteristics like the possibility to recover kinetic energy and to deliver huge peaks of power. In order to take the most from the opportunities offered by electrification, the accumulation system must be power-oriented and symmetrical, to allow high performances and the greatest energy recovery possible. To harvest this opportunity, today’s batteries are not enough and a big leap forward is needed: Lamborghini aim is to develop an innovative supercapacitor able to close the gap with conventional batteries in terms of energy density, preserving an outstanding power density.

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    The concept car Lamborghini Terzo Millennio is a vision and dream for the Italian automobile manufacturer. It was developed in cooperation with two working groups of the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (© Lamborghini)

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    Maurizio Reggiani, Director of Research and Development at Lamborghini, presents the Terzo Millennio (© Lamborghini)

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    Presentation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (© Lamborghini)

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    The technical focus of the development was on the five areas of energy storage systems, innovative materials, drive systems, visionary design and emotional driving pleasure (© Lamborghini)

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    Among other things, the potential of the vehicle body as a storage system was examined (© Lamborghini)

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    According to Lamborghini, rechargeable nanoparticles in carbon fiber components could act like an accumulator and store energy via integrated nanotubes (© Lamborghini)

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    In addition, the self-repair of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic structures was investigated (© Lamborghini)

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    Micro-channels filled with chemicals for repair should fill small cracks immediately before they spread into the carbon fiber structure (© Lamborghini)

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    The design focuses on the further development of the typical Lamborghini Y-shape for front and rear lights (© Lamborghini)

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    Each of the four wheels has an electric motor. This not only gives impetus but is also intended to create degrees of freedom for designers and aerodynamics (© Lamborghini)

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    The rear end of the extravagant sports car prototype (© Lamborghini)

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    From left: E. Facundo, Senior Car Designer, L. De Oto, Head of Advanced Composites Research Center and Body Structures Engineering, M. Borkert, Head Designer, M. Reggiani, Director Research and Development, and R. Parenti, Head of Concept Development, in front of the concept car Terzo Millennio (© Lamborghini)

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One of the most interesting advantage of every electric powertrain is to feed with energy a system made of several electric machines, just through wires. Lamborghini aims to use this opportunity to generate torque directly into the wheels, letting the body of the vehicle free to be shaped by the needs of design and aerodynamics. The challenge to be faced here is to develop a technology suitable to increase the power density of the in–wheel electric motor to the level a 4WD super sports car deserves, keeping the weight of the unsuspended masses under control. The opportunities in terms of weight, aerodynamics and design are so huge that it worth investigating for feasibility of further development.

Innovative Materials

Lamborghini aims to reduce weight and to increase the availability of electric energy using structural electric energy storing composites as a rechargeable battery. The target is to improve the nanomaterial technology, diffusing nano-charges in CFK-based panels able to store electric energy and in the meantime to form the body and structures of the car. At the same time, the project aims to combine the technology to monitor continuously the whole carbon fiber structure, both visible and invisible, with the concept of health-monitoring: the goal is to provide for the Terzo Millennio the ability to conduct its own health-monitoring, to detect cracks and damages that might occur after accident, throughout its substructure, while limiting or reducing to zero the risks correlated to the presence and propagation of cracks in the carbon fiber structure.

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