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But unlike conventional batteries created to mete that electricity out in a measured fashion, a supercapacitor can deliver a huge amount of power all at once to provide, for example, the kind of juice that will enable supercar acceleration.

Lamborghini said the Terzo Millennio is all-wheel-drive, with electric motors driving each individual wheel, allowing for highly precise torque vectoring. While the self-healing, energy-harvesting carbon-fibre body (yes, really) was styled by Lamborghini's in-house design team, the auto teems with technology honed together with MIT.

Designed in-house by Lamborghini Centro Stile, the auto takes into account advancing technologies such as an entirely new architecture prioritising high aerodynamics and low drag, and a new composite monocoque tub built in Lamborghini's own carbon fibre plant. It will be electric, have a body that houses and distributes energy, and meet Lamborghini's legacy performance and design standards, the company's Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Maurizio Reggiani explained at an MIT press roundtable.

The company is aiming to move away from conventional batteries and so is investigating the potential of equipping the Terzo Millennio with supercapacitors.

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In terms of the powertrain, Lamborghini is developing an all-wheel drive system placing the electric motors in the wheels, in order to maximize torque and free up space and possibilities for the designers to create a highly aerodynamic silhouette that slices through the air better than any previous auto. As such, we can expect to see all manner of interesting cars come out of Volkswagen Group-owned Lamborghini in the near-future. It's called the Terzo Millennio ("third millennium" in Italian) and Lambo hopes it will prove that even an electric supercar can uphold the brand's DNA. The result is an all-new, wildly innovative concept vehicle, called Terzo Millennio. There's nothing really unusual about that as many cars nowadays have individual wheel motors - what is much cooler and more interesting is the way electricity is stored on the auto.

The future Lamborghini should also allow "customers to enjoy a day at the track―not just one lap―before having to stop and recharge", he said.

An overarching Terzo Millenio priority, according to Lamborghini execs, is that any electric super cars achieve the same emotional connection and response that Lamborghini owners are accustomed to today. The entire body of the vehicle will in fact become an huge energy storage system. In addition to turning the body of the Millennia into an "accumulator for energy storage", the carbonfibre construction will help keep weight very low. Electricity is Lamborghini's future as much as it is everyone else's.

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