Lamborghini believes kids born in 2018 will still have supercar posters on their wall

Lamborghini Terzo Millenio concept

2017 was an important year for Lamborghini.

The firm kicked off the year by updating the Aventador, its flagship model, and ended it with the introduction of the long-awaited Urus, its first SUV in over 30 years. Both models are on sale right now; they’re Lamborghini’s present and immediate future. But what will the first babies born in 2018 have posters of on their bedroom wall when they become teenagers? One possible answer to that question lies in the Terzo Millennio, a wildly futuristic concept car introduced at MIT in November.

Digital Trends chatted with Mitja Borkert, the head of Lamborghini’s design department, to learn how the electric, self-healing Terzo Millennio (a name which, bytheway, means “third millennium” in Italian) will shape supercars in the years to come. Spoiler alert: it’s more realistic than it looks.

Digital Trends: Lamborghini unveiled the Terzo Millennio concept last year. It was the most futuristic model you’ve introduced to date. Were you involved in the project?

lamborghini mitja borkert design interview terzo millennio 6
Mitja Borkert, Lamborghini Design Director

Mitja Borkert: Quite a bit, yes. It was one of the dreams that came true last year. The Terzo Millennio was a big statement for me as chief designer. It was the first Lamborghini project I worked on 100 percent, and it was absolutely cool and unexpected to make such a statement. It’s, of course, quite a car.

It’s quite something. And, I liked presenting this car in Boston at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), not at a car show. It was a more particular kind of environment, especially for a young brand. Presenting it in front of students in a classroom, going outside, and then showing the car was something super cool.

What is your favorite part of it?

I think for me there are three things. The first is proportion. I believe, and this is what I’m pushing for the next 10 to 15 years, I believe in supercars. And I believe even if they need to be electric, even if we have to house some batteries – I’m pushing for low cars. Today, everybody is putting the battery underneath the driver. In theory, in the future it’s no longer possible to make super-low cars.

“The Terzo Millennio was a big statement for me as chief designer.”

As a designer, I’m just pointing out this is one way to do things, and it’s fine. But what do we want to have in 10 or 15 years? Depending on what is happening in the different global markets, if electrification is becoming mandatory, then I’m pointing out we need to find some other solutions to keep those dreams alive.

The second feature I like is the wheels. They embody the idea of using four in-wheel electric motors. And, a very important feature is the strategic use of the upsilon. The “y” shape. That is something I want to make stronger and stronger in the future of Lamborghini design. We have used this “y” shape on the Urus and on the front and the back of the Centenario. I really want to point out this is us; this is Lamborghini. That’s we wanted to make a strong statement with the Terzo Millennio.

If we come back to the Detroit Auto Show in 2040, will there be one sitting in the Cobo Center?

In my opinion, it would be possible. The purpose of this car, first of all, was to make a statement. The second purpose, it was clear I didn’t want to design something you can buy now and drive on the street, like a Huracan. The purpose is for it to be like a demonstrator you can use on a closed track to enjoy the power and the different emotion such a car could give you. So, in that respect, we designed it to be much more radical without any compromise.

So, is it feasible?

Yes, I think. Depending on the price. It would be quite complicated but, I mean, in terms of a small, limited production run it would be for sure possible. Lamborghini can make anything possible. But we won’t build it as-is because everyone has already seen it. Remember, our motto is “expect the unexpected.” We cannot use the concept as the basis of a production vehicle. We have to come up with new ideas and invent new shapes. That’s the fun and challenging part of the job.


Can electric motors finally make three-wheeled cars great?

Every few years, someone tries to sell a three-wheeled vehicle to Americans. Historically, it hasn’t gone very well. We’ve got our suspicions about why people don’t buy trikes, and they boil down to this: a trike is just not a real…
Product Review

Making a smart home can be a DIY job, but security should be left to the pros

Sure, you can DIY a smart home system, but when it comes to security, you should seriously consider professional monitoring and service. That’s where Vivint comes in. Is it worth the lofty price?

Boutique carmaker Karma Automotive, legendary design firm Pininfarina team up

Karma Automotive is partnering with legendary Italian design firm Pininfarina on future luxury cars. The first product of that partnership will appear later this year, Karma said, without offering other details.

Immerse yourself in a new universe with these incredible PSVR games

The PSVR has surpassed expectations and along with it comes an incredible catalog of games. There's plenty of amazing experiences to be had so we've put together a list of the best PSVR games available today.

Is Uber planning to put its self-driving tech into bikes and scooters?

Uber reportedly has its eye on building autonomous electric bikes and scooters that ride to a user when summoned by an app. The technology could also be used to make its two-wheelers safer with obstacle avoidance systems.

Someone just paid supercar money for the very first 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.

Lincoln’s stately, limited-edition flagship sedan sells out in a month

The 1961 Lincoln Continental became a design icon thanks to center-opening "coach doors" (also known as "suicide doors"). Lincoln is bringing those doors back for a special edition of the 2019 Continental.

Volkswagen is planning a tougher challenge for its all-electric I.D. R

The Volkswagen I.D. R electric race car will head to the Nürburgring for a lap-record attempt. Volkswagen will reportedly aim to set the quickest lap time ever by an electric car with the I.D. R.
Home Theater

Report: Spotify preparing to launch $100 in-car streaming device

According to a report, people familiar with Spotify's plans say the company is readying a dedicated in-car music streamer that will cost $100. It will work with any Bluetooth-enabled audio system and can be controlled by voice.

Tesla given go-ahead to start deliveries of Model 3 to Europe

Tesla has been given the green light to start deliveries of its Model 3 electric sedan to Europe, giving it the chance to compete more effectively with the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz in the region's premium car market.

Royal fans bid big money as Prince Philip ‘car crash parts’ hit eBay

A couple of days after a car crash that involved the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, debris apparently from the scene of the accident showed up on eBay. And people wanted to buy it.

If Batman became a race car driver, he’d hit the track in the Vuhl 05RR

Mexican sports car Vuhl revealed the hardcore 05RR, a roadster that blurs the line between a track car and a street-legal car. The 05RR stands out with a design that looks right out of a video game and a 385-horsepower engine.
Emerging Tech

Elon Musk offers to help dig CERN’s new particle collider tunnel

CERN plans to put the Large Hadron Collider to shame with its proposed much larger Future Circular Collider -- and Elon Musk wants to help. Because, you know, he's not busy enough.
Product Review

Cool tech and a great ride make the 2019 RAM 1500 the best light-duty pickup

The Ram isn’t the most powerful, spacious, or affordable of the light-duty, full-size pickup herd, but a modestly equipped version walks all over rivals in terms of ride quality, technology, and cabin comfort.