Lamborghini is close to announcing their very first hybrid supercar. It will reportedly be based on the Terzo Millennio concept car the company introduced in 2017, and the car, codenamed: LB48H, could be named Unico.
According to The Supercar Blog, it’s believed that only 63 units of the first-ever Lamborghini hybrid will be built, production will start by end-2018, deliveries are expected in the latter half of 2019, and it is likely to cost around $2.5 million.
In an interview with Autocar, Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali confirmed the marque is considering an “extreme aero” limited-series production car to rival the McLaren Senna and Aston Martin Valkyrie “in the vein of Centenario and Veneno.”
Another report said that the new Lamborghini hybrid supercar will put out a staggering 838 horsepower using a 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 connected to an electric motor.
One thing all of the reports agree on is that there’s a high likelihood of the car being designed similarly to the Terzo Millennio concept, a car Lamborghini calls “The Sports Car of the Future.”
The sports car of the future uses electricity instead of gasoline. Electric systems generate high efficiency and offer several interesting characteristics like the possibility to recover kinetic energy and to deliver huge peaks of power. In order to take the most from the opportunities offered by electrification, the accumulation system must be power-oriented and symmetrical, to allow high performances and the greatest energy recovery possible. To harvest this opportunity, today’s batteries are not enough and a big leap forward is needed: Lamborghini aim is to develop an innovative supercapacitor able to close the gap with conventional batteries in terms of energy density, preserving an outstanding power density.
The Terzo Millennio was a collaboration between the engineering minds of both Lamborghini and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Collaborating with MIT for our R&D department is an exceptional opportunity to do what Lamborghini has always been very good at: rewriting the rules on super sports cars. Now we are presenting an exciting and progressive concept car,” said Domenicali.
When the Lamborghini Unico, or whatever it ends up being called, will become a reality has yet to be announced. Stay tuned.