Lamborghini And MIT Team Up On Self-Healing Electric Supercar

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The luxury automaker and U.S. research university say the car’s body, made from supercapacitors, will act as its battery and also monitor and repair itself.

Lamborghini might have the future of the automobile industry in its grasp with its Terzo Millennio, an electric sports car that can act as its own superpowered battery and repair itself.

The worlds first self-healing sports car has the ability to detect and heal the cracks in its bodywork.

Lamborghini unveiled its Terzo Millennio (“third millennium”) concept car at the EmTech conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The car is the product of the first 12 months of a three-year partnership between the carmaker and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Italian car manufacturer said of the car in a statement, “The concept physically imagines design and technology theories of tomorrow, while sustaining the visual intrigue, breath-taking performance and, most importantly, the visceral emotion found in every dimension of a Lamborghini.”

The car's design focuses on five aspects: energy storage systems, innovative materials, a propulsion system, visionary design and emotion.

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True to Lamborghini tradition, the car has a lean, windswept design and the brand’s trademark Y taillights. But the most remarkable aspects of the car are hidden from view.

Lamborghini and MIT also want the Millennio to self-heal, by automatically detecting cracks and damage in the carbon structure and repairing them via micro channels in the bodywork filled with “healing chemistries.”

To top it all off, the company will develop in-wheel electric motors, which would eliminate the need for a single large engine.

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“Now we are presenting an exciting and progressive concept car," Stefano Domenicali, chair and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, says. “We are inspired by embracing what is impossible today to craft the realities of tomorrow: Lamborghini must always create the dreams of the next generation.”

The collaboration between Lamborghini and MIT's researchers began a year ago.

“Collaborating with MIT for our R&D [research and development] department is an exceptional opportunity to do what Lamborghini has always been very good at – rewriting the rules on super sports cars,” Domenicali added.

“I think that if Lamborghini — and we — deliver on this promise, it will be really cool for the future of all transportation.” 

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