Lamborghini's Electric Concept Car Heals Itself With Automatic Repair Technology

“Our DNA is strongly related to design,” Automobili Lamborghini head of design Mitja Bokert states. But with Terzo Millennio, the automaker’s electric concept car, that DNA now extends to a technology enabling automatic repairs, or “self-healing” as Lamborghini calls it.

Developed in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the goal is to provide the vehicle with the ability to detect cracks and damages derived from accidents in its carbon-fiber substructure, both visible and not. The repair process starts via micro-channels filled with healing chemistries, which eliminate the damage from expanding further in the structure. Additionally, the increased use of carbon fiber makes the car more lightweight overall, which reduces fuel costs and battery-charging time.

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Lamborghini's electric concept car, Terzo Millennio. Photography courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini.

“The concept physically imagines design and technology theories of tomorrow.”

The car’s aerodynamic architecture is appropriate to its ambitious thesis. But fear not. It will still retain Lamborghini’s legendary Italian design elements, trademark hexagonal headlights and all.

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