concept 2020 Lamborghini Minotauro comes straight from the imagination
of student Andrei Avarvarii of the SPD - Scuola Politecnica di
Design in Milan, where he took this on as a Master's degree student
project. He had a pretty good project supervisor, though, in the
shape of Filippo Perini, Lamborghini's design chief. As a student
project, not a bad choice if you want to get your name out there.
what is it? It's an electric car - a three seater supercar, in
fact, because instead of a monster V12 engine, the space is used
for an extra passenger. In this car there are four asynchronous
motors that divide the power up into 70-percent at the rear and
30-percent at the front. The rear motors are powered by CERIO
batteries from Li-Tec, the leader in the field of battery technology
for electric cars of the future.
lithium-ion flat cells produced by this Evonik subsidiary are
safe and reliable for daily use in electric vehicles. With a high
energy density, and a high safety level, they beat all the competition
in comparison tests. With such high energy packed into a compact
space in the flat cell, safety is obviously a major concern. Storing
this energy as efficiently as possible is a must, since the car's
mobility depends upon maximizing its energy storage density.
front power in the 2020 Lamborghini Minotauro will be via a KERS
system. This is such a simple idea that you wonder why it hasn't
been used in motor vehicles from day one. Short for Kinetic Energy
Recovery System, it grabs back the energy from the vehicle's inertia
when you brake, so instead of heating up the atmosphere when you
slow down, you're using that energy to charge your batteries.
elegance of this solution lies in the fact that you already have
a mechanical to electrical energy converter in your car, in the
form of the electric motors. All that happens is they're used
in their reverse role as generators. The rate at which KERS systems
are being developed means that by the time this car is on the
road, they'll be commonplace. The German government expects to
have a million electric vehicles on the roads by the end of the
you don't need conventional mufflers on the car, the space vacated
by them will be used for the airflow to cool the battery powered
motors at the rear. Air enters through side vents and flows over
the hot areas and through two triangular "exhaust" outlets
at the back. The designer says this will also blast the noise
of the electric motors out with the heat.
2020 Lamborghini Minotauro, with its 2 x 75 HP motors in the front
and 2 x 175 HP at the back, has a total power of 500 HP. The 2
x 300 NM front and 2 x 700 NM rear gives a total torque of 2000
NM. With a spec like that, you'd think Avarvarii would be satisfied,
but no. The killer is in what he calls Real Life Online Gaming.
So you race your Lambo round a real live racetrack and the GPS
data gets uploaded to a games console network. That will be available
for Playstation players globally to try to beat your time. Maybe
you'll earn enough in royalties to pay for your Minotauro.