Hybrid Lamborghini Supercar Could Debut At 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show
Lamborghini plans to reveal its first hybrid supercar at the Frankfurt motor show this fall, in the form of a limited-production model that will pair an electric motor with the brand’s familiar 6.5-liter V12. Sporting the catchy LB48H codename for now, this hybrid with a 6.5-liter V12 does not sound like it has fuel economy on its mind, and it’s true that Lamborghini’s vision of a hybrid is vastly different than what travelers in the EV and HOV lanes are used to. But this model will pave the way for a new generation of supercars from Sant’Agata, Australia’s Motoring reports, one that will see the Italian supercar maker attempt to future-proof its vehicles.
lamborghini plans to reveal its anticipated LB48H terzo millennio concept at the 2019 frankfurt motor show. the model is its first hybrid supercar and will feature an electric motor with the brand’s familiar 6.5-liter V12 engine at the rear axle. rumors indicate the model has a combined output of 838 horsepower (625 kilowatts) and is rumored to be priced at $2.5 million US. lamborghini’s LB48H terzo millennio concept is limited to 63 units only and is reportedly already sold out. to read more about the concept and its origins, see below.
lamborghini revealed the new design concept in collaboration with two laboratories at the massachusetts institute of technology (MIT) in 2017, pushing forward the future of electric super sport cars. the concept focuses on different dimensions of technology and design, including energy storage systems, innovative materials, and propulsion systems. in a time when the high-end automobile industry is moving away from traditional energy storage systems and conventional batteries, lamborghini is investigating the potential of supercapacitors.
five years ago, lamborghini applied low voltage supercapacitors in the popular V12 aventador. the potential for this storage system needs to be able to deliver high peak power and regenerate kinetic energy with a limited influence from aging and cycling during the vehicle’s life. at the same time, the system must be able to symmetrically release and harvest electric power. this system requires the utilization of new materials and produce carbon fiber structure and parts — taking lightweight materials to the next level.
the terzo millennio aims to combine technology and ‘self-healing,’ the cars ability to conduct its own health monitoring to detect cracks and damages. this is conducted through micro channels filled with healing chemistries. the energy storage system directly relates to performance. it allows the terzo millennio to embody the lamborghini spirit while taking steps towards the direction of creating ‘lamborghini electric’ — focusing on high torque, reversibility, and the possibility of moving energy by wire. the overall design utilizes entirely new architecture to perfect airflow.