Lamborghini join forces with MIT for eco sports car project
In a meeting of some of the world’s greatest technological minds researchers from Lamborghini and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) joined forces last year to create their vision of the eco-friendly sports car of tomorrow. It has now been suggested that the result, the awe inspiring Terzo Millennio, is far more than just a pipe dream.
Maurizio Reggiani, the head of Lamborghini’s research and development department, has been discussing the Terzo Millennio but admits that the battery power used in the modern day electric cars is just not enough.
Referring to the technology used by the likes of Tesla and Jaguar, Reggiani suggested that the weight and packaging of the battery pack would make trying to power a Lamborghini Aventador S with the same technology almost impossible.
“[Our cars] must have a top speed superior to 186 mph, they must be able to run three full laps at full speed on the Nordschleife and they must have state-of-the-art handling. You cannot do this with the current battery technology.”
Whilst most modern-day electric vehicles are powered by lithium-ion batteries that sit between the axles, Reggiani believes that any future electric-powered Lamborghini will use state-of-the-art rechargeable body panels.
The Terzo Millennio, which translates as ‘Third Millennium’, displays the potential for a car to store energy in its carbon fibre parts, in this case its body panels. Now, the greatest minds from Lamborghini and MIT are striving to make this idea a reality.
Can we expect to see the Terzo Millennio dream become a reality?
Regianni admits that the research project with the MIT will end in three years. He explained, “When we arrive at the end of the project we’ll decide whether it’s yes or no. Assuming it’s a yes, you need about two years for industrialisation. Plus, you need another five years to put a car in production. That means, theoretically, in 2030 you could have a full electric Lamborghini. If something fails we’ll say no.”