In a 2011 Motor Trend interview, Maurizio Reggiani, the former director of research and development for Lamborghini stated, “I must have 12 cylinders that push me from behind. I must hear the noise. If I don’t have this, it is finished emotionally for Lamborghini. And if it’s finished emotionally, then there is no sense for Lamborghini to exist.”
It appears Lamborghini is showing their cards, or Signor Maurizio was just plain wrong. Let’s bet on the latter.
Earlier this month, the Raging Bull revealed a new vehicle design concept called the Terzo Millennio. Lamborghini stated the exercise is the “first steps of a possible future Lamborghini electric super sports car.”
That beautiful V12—how we will miss it, dearly.
All is not lost, however. By the looks of the all-new potential EV Lamborghini, the brand is headed in the right direction of automotive history. The Terzo Millenio almost looks like something out a sci-fi movie. Ever seen Tron? Very cool.
According to a statement from Bull HQ in Sant’Agata Bolognese, “The technological goal of the [Terzo Millenio] project is to enable Lamborghini to address the future of the super sports car in five different dimensions: energy storage systems, innovative materials, propulsion system, visionary design, and emotion.”
Lamborghini partnered with two different laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop theories for the energy storage systems and innovative materials aspects of the project. The brand also put up the money for the white lab coat work at the famed academic institution.
In addition to learning how a high-performance electric supercar will function through the study (Lamborghini doesn’t have any current all-electric vehicle systems that are robust enough to compete with anything from Rimac or BMW), the brand has thought further ahead of how the Terzo Millenio will be used.
“The Terzo Millenio’s virtual cockpit allows more than travelling the highways of a future world: its Piloted Driving simulation allows the driver to be taken around a track such as Imola by a virtual expert before the driver takes over to feel like a ‘pilot’ himself, experiencing the real car and circuit while following the virtual ghost car.”
The V12 may soon be dead, but with forward-thinking technology like the above coming out of Lamborghini, we’ll all just be fine, right Maurizio?
Enjoy the photos.