Tesla now wants to take it to a new level with the next-gen Roadster and remove the halo effect of internal combustion engines.
However, Lamborghini, which is often the first brand that people think of when talking about supercars, doesn’t think that it’s going to happen as it doesn’t see battery technology enabling the kind of performance that they expect in a supercar.
Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani made the comment during the Automotive News Europe Congress earlier this month when asked about the automaker coming up with an all-electric vehicle:
Our target is to deliver a super sports car, and these specifications don’t exist with a battery package in terms of energy and power,
What constitutes a supercar varies based on who you ask, but Reggiani added that these specifications would be a speed of “more than 300 km/h (186 mph)” and “being able to complete 3 laps on the Nürburgring racetrack.”
For now, Lamborghini plans to stick to its plan to launch an electric plug-in hybrid version of its Urus SUV concept.
When it comes to all-electric vehicles, the automaker unveiled an insane-looking electric supercar concept with supercapacitors – pictured above, but it’s more a mascot for their research partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology than anything else.
Though it might lead to them changing their minds on all-electric powertrains eventually.
It’s surprising that the CTO of Lamborghini can’t see the trend in EVs taking over the performance segments when he works for a Volkswagen brand, which is not only pushing hard for EVs but also just broke the Pikes Peak record with an all-electric vehicle.
As for the specs that he mentioned, Tesla’s next-gen Roadster will definitely beat them to remove the halo effect as already mentioned.
But there are plenty of other cars already starting to erode the effect.
For example, NIO’s supercar has a top speed of 194 mph and it held its own on the Nürburgring racetrack.
Rimac’s Concept_One has been doing impressive things with an all-electric powertrain for years and now the recently unveiled Concept_Two is going to beat Reggiani’s standards.
I think Lamborghini will be far behind if it doesn’t start seriously working on an all-electric supercar program right now.