Last month, Lamborghini and MIT unveiled a jointly developed concept car called the Terzo Millennio (or third millennium). And on the surface, the look is quintessentially true to the classic look and feel of the luxury car brand. But underneath the windswept design and trademark Y taillights, there’s something rather unbelievable in the works.
Eventually, MIT and Lamborghini plan to install supercapacitors that will give this Lambo the speed and intensity of a supercar, except that it will be entirely electric. However, these supercapacitors will be made out of carbon fiber panels that can be used to form the body of the car. This means that the Terzo Millennio will literally be able to draw energy from its own body.
Researchers say the concept will also be able to continuously monitor its own structure, so it will be able to identify wear and damage. More incredible though is that the body will also contain “healing chemistries” that can automatically repair small cracks and nicks.
According to Lamborghini, their collaboration with MIT’s R&D department still has another two years, which they’ll use to bring this electric, self-healing supercar to reality.