Automobili Lamborghini has unveiled the Huracán Perfomante at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Huracán Performante is the new car from Italian manufacturer Lamborghini. So what makes this beast so unique?
Well, on the 5th of October last year, the Huracán Performante set a new production car lap record of 6:52.01 min on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. So I think it is fair to say that this new car is quick!
“The Huracán Performante is the convergence of technological developments to produce a car delivering the perfect performance,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali.
“This new car represents the powerhouse of Lamborghini DNA and innovation and a 360-degree approach to creating class-leading super sports cars.
“It illustrates the pinnacle of Lamborghini V10 production car performance to date, on both track and road, and lives up to its name: Lamborghini Huracán Performante.”
The first thing that you need to know about this car is that it is light.
The engineers have messed about with composite materials and managed to make a weight saving of around 40 kilogrammes over the standard variant of the Huracán.
Even with these weight savings, the Performante now features active aerodynamics, similar to that used by the Pagani Huyara and the Porsche 918.
Lamborghini has even given the system a swanky new moniker; they call it the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), ALA is also the Italian word for a wing.
This patented active aerodynamic system developed, by Lamborghini for the Huracán Performante, provides an adjustable aerodynamic load for high downforce or low drag.
The new system offers up to 750% more downforce than a Huracán coupé.
The designers have taken cues from the Super Trofeo racing cars and the streetfighter style motorcycles manufactured by sister company Ducati. This design thinking is especially apparent at the rear of the vehicle, with its exposed rear structures and frame.
The sportiness of the Performante’s design is highlighted by the high-mounted exhausts, which create a more direct physical connection with the engine.
The rear diffuser in matte black is directly inspired by Lamborghini Super Trofeo race cars, in both appearance and function.
A trapezoid line from the bottom of the diffuser, emphasises the width of the car’s rear.
From the side, the design is characterised by the accelerating line of the rocker cover with air intakes in matt black, the Italian tricolour colours of the Performante’s Sant’Agata Bolognese birthplace on the doors, topped with wing mirrors in shiny black.
The lightweight, Narvi 20” forged wheels, dedicated to the Huracán Performante, are painted in bronze.
The enhanced naturally aspirated Huracán engine is the most potent V10 produced to date by Lamborghini, putting out 640 hp (470 kW) at 8,000 rpm and producing 600 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm.
The Performante’s dry weight is just 1,382 kg, giving weight to power ratio of 2.16 kg. Accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, the Huracán Performante is propelled from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.9 seconds, and brakes from 100-0 km/h in just 31 m.
The Huracán Performante’s suspension system has been revised, reflecting the Performante’s purpose as a track and performance-oriented car.
The permanent four-wheel drive system is tuned to maximise traction in all situations, working in conjunction with the ALA system and exploiting the new P Zero Corsa tires.
The interior of the Huracán Performante reminds the driver of its lightweight and aerodynamic purpose.
Air vents, paddles, door handles and the centre console are all created from forged composites.
Inside, the driver is entirely in touch with the active aerodynamics’ activities: not only through the car’s performance but from the unique ALA graphic in the dashboard display which shows when and how ALA is working, including aero vectoring.