Lamborghini Terzo Millennio: a crazy self-healing hypercar for the year 3000…

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Author: | Updated: 07 Nov 2017 14:09

What with electrification and automation, concept cars seem to be getting crazier and crazier at the minute. In typical fashion however, Lamborghini has top-trumped them all with its latest concept – the Terzo Millennio – an insane electric hypercar.

Terzo Millennio front

Literally translated, that means Third Millenium and this batmobile-esque concept is the brand’s vision of the distant future. Designed to rip up the traditional supercar rule book, Lambo teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create it.

But take away the raging bull moniker and there remains little doubt who its creator is. Ok, this thing wouldn’t look out of place in the latest Blade Runner film, but its lines are borrowed from Lamborghini’s current host of supercars.

Terzo Millennio side profile

Things get even crazier under the skin however, because Lamborghini doesn’t intend to use batteries for its EV – that’d be too easy. Instead, it’ll harness the power of supercapacitors. These will be mated to a drivetrain that will allow power to be regenerated, as well as power the car itself.

Except for that futuristic insight, Lambo hasn’t provided many details about what kind of power we can expect it to produce, although it has confirmed it will use a four-wheel drive system that incorporated electric motors into the wheels. But the  doesn’t visionary ideas don’t stop there…

Terzo Millennio studio

The Terzo Millennio makes use of high-tech materials, and the entire car will be made up of a carbon fibre structure. Nothing that crazy about that, you might think, but Lamborghini envisages that this is a hypercar that will be able to self-heal in the event of a collision.

The aim is to give the concept the ability to conduct its own health checks and detect any damage to its structure in the event of an accident. In this case a self-repairing process starts via micro-channels filled with “healing chemistries”.

Of course, given that this is a car fit for the third millenium, it’ll also be able to drive itself on the road, but also on the track. Its Piloted Driving simulation will allow the driver to be taken around a track by a virtual driver, before having a go themselves.

Terzo Millennio rear

Commenting on the project, Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini’s CEO said: “Exactly one year ago we have signed an agreement […] which marked the start of a collaboration between two outstanding entities for the creation of a project that intends to write an important page in the future of super sports cars for the third millennium.”

So is this what the year 3000 looks like? Who knows? But it’s an interesting insight into what we could expect to see from Lamborghini in the not too distant future.

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