If you’re visualizing the concept Lamborghini of the third millennium, you’ve got plenty of scope to think outside the box. That’s just what the Italian automaker has done with MIT, teaming up with two labs to work on what the supercar of not just tomorrow, but the day after tomorrow might consist of. Make no mistake, we’re not just talking “cutting edge” but what’s beyond that.
So, the striking concept car embeds its electric motors into each of the wheels, while the structure of the vehicle itself is used as the battery. Carbon fiber nano-tubes are lined up into energy storage, with self-healing materials that can automatically spot cracks or other flaws and fill in those gaps itself.
At the same time, it’s a partial answer to how Lamborghini will address the general auto industry shift toward autonomous driving. Spoiler: don’t expect a Lamborghini that ditches the driver completely for a computer any time soon. “A machine does not have any kind of soul,” Maurizio Reggiani, CTO at Lamborghini, insists.