Five things you need to know about Lamborghini and MIT's Terzo Millennio concept
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Five things you need to know about Lamborghini and MIT's Terzo Millennio concept

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Perhaps more than any other exotic car manufacturer Lamborghini has avoided electrifying its production cars. Yes, there was the Asterion Hybrid showcar. And the current Aventador has an ultra capacitor based start stop system. But this Terzo Millennia concept is the surest sign yet that Lamborghini is embracing electrification. And it's doing so with the help of MIT. Here are 5 things you need to know.Terzo Millennio means Third Millenium and its not so much a possible production car as it is a rolling test bed for future technology Chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani tells Road Show that it's a quote, thinking box for future super sport electric vehicle. That's right, the TZ is all electric. But it doesn't use conventional batteries. It's powered by super capacitors that Lamborghini and MIT are working on forming into carbon body panels. Super capacitors are better at taking in and discharging energy much more rapidly than batteries. That's good for high performance, but unfortunately, they're not as adept at holding onto large amounts of energy over long durations. So there's still a lot of work to be done. Terzo Millennio envisions a car that can fix itself, sort of. Combining super capacitor body panels with a health monitoring system could allow for self-healing body work to help stop things like panel cracks by changing the super capacitor's energy flow. Lamborghini envisions the Terzo Millennio as having autonomous capabilities, but not for commuting. Instead it sees the car as a high performance driving instructor that can take it's owner on a pitch perfect lap of a race track then coach him or her on how to do it themselves using a video game like Ghost Car. We may never see this car at an auto show or any where else. Regioni tells Road Show that the car's debut at MIT's Inhouse EmTech Conference is the Terzo Millenio's only scheduled appearance. It was on hand to celebrate signing a pair of three-year-old R and D deals with the legendary college. For more details on the Terzo Millenio, click on over to the roadshow.com. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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