The folks over at Lamborghini have turned to an unlikely source in their continued quest to build the world’s best supercar. Not content with their current lineup, the Italian car manufacturer has recently teamed with MIT to develop the first self-healing car.
Having recently revealed The Terzo Millennio (Italian for ‘third millennium’) sports car at EmTech 2017, Lamborghini claims that this is the first car that can self-heal. Using sensors embedded throughout the vehicle, The Terzo Millennio can monitor its own health and determine when and where any damage occurs. It will then release a compound composed of nanotubes that will fill in any crack in an effort to prevent its further spread.
The car isn’t just self-healing either, but is also a fully electric vehicle. However, instead of using conventional batteries, the car uses a series of supercapacitors. Unlike a traditional battery, a supercapacitor can last for millions of charge/discharge cycles without losing any of its energy storage capability. It also allows the car to charge incredibly rapidly, meaning an owner will be back on the road far faster than someone in a traditional electric vehicle.
Speaking on the topic of supercapacitors, MIT’s Professor Mircea Dinca said that “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 sport vehicle. We look forward to teaming up with their engineers and work on this exciting project.” While supercapacitors traditionally hold less energy than a conventional battery, the joint-team has developed a novel way around this. The supercapacitors are made of carbon, meaning they can be formed directly into the car’s body panels. This allows The Terzo Millennio to actually have a larger energy capacity than its competitors, which certainly gives it a leg up on the competition.
With the project having started a year ago, the unveiling is an exciting glimpse into the future of motor vehicles. Though the concept car will certainly command a high-price if it goes into production, these technologies are certain to make it into consumer-friendly cars in the near future.