The Terzo Millennio is the first ever electric Lamborghini
Looking for all the world as OTT as any Lamborghini should look, meet the latest wild creation from Sant’ Agata Bolognese. Two surprises: one, it’s not named after a bull, and two it’s… all electric.
Meet the first electric Lambo, the Italian firm’s vision of a supercar of the future and fittingly called Terzo Millennio – that’s third millennium to us.
It is a concept that has been developed in collaboration with the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and, so says Lamborghini, it “marks the first steps of a possible future Lamborghini electric super sportscar.”
Apart from enough visual drama to tick all the boxes as a poster car of the new supercar generation, the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio holds several significant clues to how Lamborghini sees a production electric car, even though this concept is far more dream machine than running prototype.
It is not, for example, battery-powered. Power for the motor located inside each wheel would be stored in supercapacitors, which last longer than batteries. The carbon-fibre body itself has a role to play in acting as an energy storage system, while also having an element of self-healing about it. The car’s aero has been maximised to take advantage of the new electric architecture.
The cabin is a virtual world, but there’s still room for the driver. Encouragingly Lamborghini says in terms of its typically breathtaking performance and emotional appeal, Terzo Millennio is still very much a Lambo for driving enthusiasts.
Lamborghini is facing more hypercar competition than ever, and while this future-tech is most definitely work in progress, it is also a statement of intent from the company that gave us Miura, Countach and Aventador. A welcome development then – especially since the new machine would surely look one of the family parked up alongside its awesome forebears.