Huracan Performante claims new lap record!

By March 4, 2017News

The basic Huracan is a formidable “entry level” (over 200,000 US$) supercar. Its 5.2 litre V10, with electronically controlled VVT, romps out 571 HP at 6000 RPM and 398 LB-FT of torque at 6500 RPM.

Connected to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the car is capable of a 2.5 second 0-60 MPH sprint. Double wishbone front and rear suspensions with coil springs keep the P245/35YR19 (front) and P305/35YR19 (rear) tires glued to the road. Braking is courtesy of brake rotors measuring 14.4 inches (front) and 14 inches (rear).

The Huracan Performante is a thoroughly reworked version of the basic Huracan. To run the Nordschleife in 6:52:01, 5 seconds ahead of the former champion of production-cars, the Porsche 918 Spyder, many systems had to be modified.

Reportedly, the car is lighter by 40 kilos, partially due to replacement of some metal parts with forged carbon fibre. Notably, the rear wing is a hollow, forged carbon fibre element that incorporates an active air management system, creating “active air braking downforce”, particularly useful on a course such as the Nürburgring. Changes to the engine (such as stratified charge), all-wheel drive, and the use of Pirelli Trofeo R tires have been blended together to make this 188 MPH (300 KM/H) top speed supercar something to contend with.

The big question now is whether Lamborghini will upgrade the larger Aventador to challenge the Radical SR8 LM which, at 6:48, lays claim to being the fastest “production car” around the ‘Ring. Whether the Radical is accepted as being a production car or not, a future performance Aventador may close the time-gap beyond that of the Huracan Performante.

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