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Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept: Italian Engineering Meets MIT

Progress is expensive. But time and money help companies like Lamborghini stay on the cutting edge. Lamborghini's research and development department relays significant funds to two labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One part going to Professor Mircea Dinca's Chemistry Research Lab and another to Professor Anastasios Hart's mechanical engineering Mechanosynthesis Group. After a year-long collaboration their research spawned two new technologies fitting for a Lamborghini Terzo Millennio electric supercar concept.

The first technology is its energy storage system. In place of a conventional lithium-ion battery reserve, the Terzo Millenio uses supercapacitors. Mr. Dinca and Lamborghini cite reduced wear-and-tear over its lifetime as it cycles in addition to improvements in uptake and release in kinetic energy. Lamborghini already employs use of low-voltage supercapacitors in their Aventador, but large scale supercapacitors for the Terzo Millenio don't actually exist yet.

Professor Hart's mechanical engineering comes into play when looking at its carbon fiber body structure. Here, the body panels are said to contain micro-channels that can carry "healing chemistries" so the Terzo Millenio may perform self-healing functions when it's damaged along with monitoring hardware like its own nervous system. Lamborghini claims this innovative material is lighter solution than the non-healing type. Let's hope they don't teach it to feel pain when a pebble hits the front bumper at 180 mph.

The remainder of the Terzo Millennio is Lamborghini flavor like we've seen before. Forged Composite center structure. Y-signature LED lights in the front and rear. Four electric motors, one for each wheel, allow more creative space in its design - and more radical aerodynamic freedom. The interior - not pictured - features the ability to drive itself around a track before you take over and follow an expert ghost car for instructional purposes. Far fetched ideas packed into a far fetched car. Now what's harder to believe - these technologies making it into production or the Lamborghini Huracán Performante's 6:52 lap time at the Nürburgring?