Geneva Motor Show: Lamborghini’s ‘Ring Breaker

New lightweight Huracan could be the best Lamborghini yet.

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Before I start I have a warning. “The following post may contain biased information towards the greatest, the maddest, the wildest, the most outrageous, the ridiculous and the fabulous Lamborghini.” It no secret that I am a huge Lamborghini fan and can quire happily argue anyone who disagrees with me. Anyone who loves cars has to love Lamborghini.

So obviously I was very excited about the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante, a stripped out and more powerful version of the Huracan.  Lamborghini themselves are very excited about this car too it seems, calling it a ‘streetfighter’.

The Huracan Performante has Lamborghini’s most powerful V10 ever fitted. The 5.2 litre engine has taken inspiration from Lamborghini’s racing division and features optimised engine fluid dynamics, reduced losses in the air intake, titanium valves, and a new exhaust system and a bronze manifold cover which is throwback to the Diablo. All this extra tweaking means power is up to 631bhp and 442Ib ft of torque. A new version of the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox transfers all the new power through the four wheel drive system. The top speed is 202mph while 0-62mph is dealt with in just 2.9 seconds, while 0-124mph is only 8.9 seconds.

All this power and speed needs to be manageable in the corners so Lamborghini have stiffened the chassis while the springs and bars now 10 per cent stiffer than the standard Huracan. The roll stiffness is also 15 per cent improved while the radial and axial arm bushings are 50 per cent stiffer. That’s a whole lot of stiffening.  Lamborghini have also tweaked their ANIMA system (it controls the various suspension modes) so that Strada is traction based, Sport is more biased to the rear for oversteer fun and Corsa is full on track mode.

However, all of this is not the most important part of this car. The Performante features active aerodynamics (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva or ALA for short). There are two flaps at the front which remain closed and work with the rear wing to give maximum downforce. However when ALA is turned on, the flaps open up which boosts air flow and reduces drag and underbody pressure. That large forged carbon fibre rear wing is actually hollow and the two upright supports contain airboxes at their base. When fast moving air passes through the airboxes and up into the wing itself and is realised through a small outlet. Impressive stuff from Lamborghini.

In order to gain the most of the tweaked chassis and more powerful engine, the Huracan has been on a diet. The whole car is 40kg lighter at 1,382kg while styling has been taken from Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo race cars with lots of matt and gloss carbon fibre.  There is also naked forged composites, a ‘razor-blade’ front end, high mounted exhausts and a stylish Italian tricolore adoring the doors.

All this weight saving combined with the stiffened chassis and increased power plus active aero has helped the Huracan Performante lap the Nurburgring in a time of 6m 52.01 seconds. The fastest ever production car to take on the ‘ring. How long it will stay the record holder is anyone’s guess. How much for this record breaking car you ask? Just under £208,000.

What more proof do you need that this is the greatest car ever made? Feel free to argue with me below…


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