A futuristic super sports car concept was on display at the Volkswagen Group Night, which also happens to be the first electric vehicle from the company. It was none other than the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, which was first showcased at the MIT in Boston in 2017 and was also on display at the Festival Automobile International in Paris in January 2018. For the Terzo Millennio, Lamborghini moved away from conventional batteries and instead equipped it with supercapacitors to churn out maximum power from the Aventador-sourced V12 engine.
The folks over at Lamborghini and MIT worked together to come up with a carbon fibre body shell that has the ability to self-heal if damaged. It can conduct its own health monitoring to detect cracks and damages in its substructure. In this case a self-repairing process starts via micro-channels filled with healing chemistries, reducing to zero the risks of small cracks propagating further in the carbon fiber structure. This allows further weight reduction with increased use of carbon fibre or the application of CFK to high-fatigue parts.
As mentioned already, the heart of the Terzo Millennio is powered by low voltage supercapacitors from the V12 Aventador. However, the power produced from these supercapacitors had to be stored somehow so as to charge the electric motors of the Terzo Millennio. For this, along with Prof. Mircea Dinca, Lamborghini developed a storage system powerful enough to deliver high peak power and regenerate kinetic energy with very limited influence from aging and cycling during the vehicle's life, and with the ability to symmetrically release and harvest electric power.