Lamborghini and MIT Team Up For The Car Of The Future
Lamborghini has teamed up with MIT in order to bring forth one of the best and luxurious electric cars on the market. As most of us know, the population of the globe is skyrocketing, which means that our cities become overcrowded, and by extension, our streets.
In a world like ours, owning a sports car like a Lamborghini seems to no longer be what it once was. Cars nowadays are looking to become more sustainable, efficient and smart, something which sports cars are not, for the most part. Nevertheless, this is all about to change as Lamborghini has teamed up with MIT engineers in order to create a prototype for the so-called, Terzo Millenio (the Third Millenium). This is an electric, self-healing car which can deliver high power and regenerate kinetic energy.
Lamborghini will pitch in with the car technology they have so far, while MIT will put forth associate professor of chemistry, Mircea Dinca, as the man who will ensure that the car will have the ability to harvest and save energy, all the while maintaining the high standards that are associated with the Lamborghini.
“The new Lamborghini collaboration allows us to be ambitious and think outside the box in designing new materials that answer energy storage challenges for the demands of an electric sports vehicle,” says Dinca. “We look forward to teaming up with their engineers and work on this exciting project.”
What will make the Terzo Millennio model stand out from all other electric cars on the market, will be the fact that it won’t use batteries, but rather will opt for supercapacitors to store the energy. These supercapacitors have extremely high capacitance values but lower voltage limits — i.e. they can store a lot of electrical energy at relatively low “pressures.”
What this actually translates to in more relatable terms is that the car will be more suitable for numerous rapid charge/discharge cycles, as opposed to long-term compact energy storage. These supercapacitors will also help with regenerative breaking – an energy recovery mechanism which slows a vehicle or object by converting its kinetic energy into electrical energy which can be later used to fuel the car.
They are also looking to revolutionize the engine as well. Instead of having one engine that will power the wheels, they will, instead, bring one engine for each of the wheels. This will allow for a lot of torque and moving energy by wire instead of a cumbersome and heavy driveshaft.
John Hart, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, will also bring new technology when it comes to the materials used on the car. He works with carbon fiber and composite materials – which could enable the car’s entire body to act as a battery system in and of itself.
This car has the potential to revolutionize all vehicles as we know them. But it remains to see whether this will be anything more than an interesting concept and nothing more.