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Geneva show: Huracan Performante takes ’Ring record
Nordschleife production car lap record demolished by Lamborghini Huracan Performante
3 March 2017
LAMBORGHINI has smashed the Nurburgring Nordschleife production car lap record
by a smidge under five seconds with the hypercar-harassing Huracan Performante
that will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show on March 7.
Behind the wheel was Lamborghini test driver Marco Mapelli, who cut a 6:52.01
lap on October 5 2016 under the pressure of a single attempt within an
exclusive 15-minute after-hours window granted to the Raging Bull brand
following a day of open sessions.
Mapelli’s time beat the previous record-holder, a Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid
hypercar piloted by endurance racer Marc Lieb and fitted with the optional
weight-saving, aerodynamically enhanced Weissach Package to lap the infamous
20.6 kilometre-long Green Hell in 6:57 dead.
Details are scare regarding what Lamborghini has done to transform the Huracan
from lapping the Nurburgring in 7:28 to dethroning Porsche’s finest while
laying waste to other ’Ring-leaders including its own Aventador SV (6.59.73),
Nissan GT-R Nismo (7:08.68) and Mercedes-AMG GT R (7:10.92).
The flamboyant Italian brand simply states that its new king of the ’Ring
features aerodynamic and lightweight engineering innovations, an “improved”
power plant and “dedicated set-up”.
Lamborghini has made much of its carbon-fibre expertise in recent years, so the
Performante is expected to feature a generous helping of this weight-saving
It must have also found reserves of power and torque available from the
5.2-litre V10 used in a standard Huracan LP610-4, which puts out 448kW and
A video issued last week revealed the car to employ a suite of active
aerodynamic systems that provide maximum downforce for grip and stability while
cornering and minimum drag for straight-line speed, including an adjustable
front spoiler and air valve controlling flow across the prominent rear wing.
Pirelli was engaged to develop a specific set of Trofeo R tyres for the Huracan
Performante and its engineers were on hand to oversee the lap record fall.
Lamborghini promises Performante customers will get the exact same rubber as
used on the record-setting camouflaged car.
All-wheel-drive is confirmed and the ‘Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale’ system
of quick-thinking sensors that control the vehicle’s dynamics is expected to
have received a number of tweaks.
Lamborghini says the combination of upgrades applied to the Performante “allows
superior track performance to be maximized while delivering the most engaging
and dynamic road drive”.
The company’s chairman and CEO, Stefano Domenicali said watching the record
attempt take place “was an incredible and emotional moment”.
“Together with (board member for research and development) Maurizio Reggiani we
agreed during the car’s development that with the technical and performance
prowess of the Huracan Performante, not only was a sub seven-minute lap at the
Nordschleife possible, but the lap record too.”
Mr Domenicali added that Lamborghini wanted to set the lap record ahead of
launching the Performante, which presented a challenge given the autumn and
winter weather, plus limited availability of exclusive track time at the
“To make this happen is something that every one of the R&D team who worked on
this car can share in: it will forever be a defining moment in their careers,”
“I am so proud of everything achieved by Lamborghini people that day and
extremely privileged to have witnessed it.”
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