Design student Andrei Avarvarii must have been on the catnip or something stronger when he came up with this electric concept car. He faced the particular challenge of staying within the identity system of the Lambo line when creating the Lamborghini Minotauro and what a job he's done!
This electric supercar has four in-wheel motors that split the power 70% to the rear and 30% to the front, so it echoes the spirit of an ICE Lamborghini. The power is supplied by a floor mounted Li-Tec flatcell battery pack in the rear, giving it a low centre of gravity, with a KERS system in the front. This gives it 500bhp and almost three times the torque of a 1001bhp Bugatti Veyron.
The battery is cooled by the groovy triangular shaped cooling vents which are also intended to channel the sound of the electric motors behind them, 'blasting it like subwoofers' according to Yanko Design.
Avarvarii's used the normal engine space to fit a third seat for an extra passenger, though with all that torque it could be a scary place to sit!
According to Electrovelocity (it's worth checking the video link from their article) Lamborghini are rumoured to be working on a hybrid supercar and on a 'show-stopping' electric concept car with parent company Audi for release at the 2011 Paris Motorshow. They could do a lot worse than hire the design skills of Avarvarii who takes his Lambo concept even further with this proposition:
"In 2020, with the acquisition of the new Minotauro, the Lamborghini owner will also get involved in a brand new experience called REAL LIFE ONLINE GAMING. In this scenario the Lamborghini driver can race his car on a real racetrack (like the Nurburgring). The GPS data of his racing lap is uploaded into the Playstation game network as a ghost. PS players from all over the world can race in virtual reality against the Lamborghini owner and try to beat his best lap. This is the car enthusiasts’ social networking for the next decade."
Hmmm. Some bloggers are saying 'Wow' to this, but for me I think he needs to get out more.