The Lamborghini Gallardo was a powerful milestone for the Italian company. It set new records for sales and production while simultaneously propelling the brand into a more mainstream audience. The Gallardo also marked Lamborghini’s return to one-make racing with the Super Trofeo series. Now that the record setting Gallardo has been replaced with the new Huracan, there is a large gap in the Lamborghini lineup.
Initial sales are strong, and it looks like the Huracan will quickly claim the top sales spot from its older sibling, and now Lamborghini has officially announced a Super Trofeo version of the new supercar to fill the race car slot as well.
Gentlemen racers, grab your helmets.
We knew it was coming, but now it is official, and we have all the details and information waiting for you after the break. With more power, a lighter weight and major drivetrain alterations, the new cars are promising to be much faster than the previous racing Gallardos could have ever hoped to be. You can find out all the new details about the engines, chassis aerodynamics and more after the break.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo.
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The exterior of the new Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo is just as menacing and angry as you could hope. The front end has a new, sharper look with a giant front lip spoiler and gaping jaws to suck in as much air as possible. The hood now has two enormous extraction vents to create a major negative pressure area behind the radiator, increasing air draw.
To make it as quick and easy as possible to make changes and repairs, the hood is attached with quick-latch hood pins and much of the body panels look to be fitted with quick disconnects as well.
In true race car fashion, the car now sits lower and the wheels are tucked as close to the fender wells as possible. To increase downforce and reduce drag as much as possible, the nose has canard winglets, there are large and aggressive side skirts, and we have the obligatory rear wing that is big enough to be seen from space.
To improve cooling efficiency further, there is venting in the front fenders, and there are now large side intakes cut into the side that are not on the standard car. The overall look is extremely radical and I think it quite suits the ethos and history of Lamborghini.
The Super Trofeo version of the Lamborghini Huracan wades into battle with the same 5.2-liter V-10 engine sitting directly behind the driver, but thanks to some computer tweaks and a better exhaust, power has been bumped just slightly to 611 horsepower. It may only be a nine horsepower gain, but thanks to a lighter weight, it should make more of a difference than you expect.
The actual weight of this machine is pretty impressive. With a quoted curb weight of only 2,800 pounds, the Super Trofeo is more than 300 pounds lighter than the standard car. Even more impressive is the fact that the Huracan racer comes in around 150 pounds lighter than the old Gallardo racer. Feather weight almost doesn’t do this thing justice.
A lot of that weight loss can be attributed to the heavily revised driveshaft layout. Where the standard car has to route power to both the front and rear wheels, the new Super Trofeo version only has to hassle with two wheels; the rear ones. Oh yeah, this is a true RWD only racer, ladies and gentleman. With the safety net of AWD gone, the team at Lamborghini did decide to include a 12-stage traction control system to help out. There are six settings for dry and six for wet. If that can’t keep you out of trouble, maybe you shouldn’t be on a track in a racecar.
Not only does this change mean the car is more exciting and better to drive, it also means that the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo is now eligible for new racing series aside from the Blancpain Super Trofeo series the previous car was created for.
Making sure that engine and new RWD system play well together, Lamborghini has also ditched the base car’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission for a racing prepped XTrack sequential with six forward cogs.
We don’t have any real solid details on the new car’s suspension or braking setup, but we do know who helped design it all. The company that Lamborghini contracted with to help develop this new racer was none other than Dallara Engineering. IF you recognize that name, but can’t quite place it, Dallara is the company that designed and builds all the current Indy car chassis. They aren’t messing around with this thing.
Dallara also has a special historical tie, as the founder of Dallara engineering, Giampaolo Dallara, was an engineer at Lamborghini in the 60s and was the lead on Miura development.
We don’t have a price for the new Hurcan Super Trofeo, but I feel like it’s pretty safe to assume the usual; if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
Much like the Huracan Super Trofeo, the McLaren 650S GT3 sees the English firm take its latest mid-engined supercar and cover it in racing goodies. Just like the Lambo, the McLaren gets a new hood, new nose, larger intakes on almost every single surface, a lowered ride height and a gigantic rear spoiler. Thanks to an even larger dose of carbon fiber, the 650S GT3 has also lost a bit of weight.
Thanks to FIA restrictions, the 650S does have a massive power deficit when compared to the Hurcan Super Trofeo, rolling to line with only 493 horsepower coming from its 3.8-liter twin turbocharged engine. Just like the Italian, the 650S GT3 also has a special six-speed sequential gearbox.
If you would prefer the 650S to the Lamborghini, you will need to act fast; McLaren has stated that only 15 of these machines will ever be built.
Gallery McLaren 650S GT3
Aside from the Super Trofeo, the Bentley Continental GT3 is the newest member of the “take your supercar racing” club. Much like the Lamborghini, the Bentley sacrifices the AWD system and automatic transmission of its road friendly sibling for a rear-wheel drive layout and an XTrac six-speed sequential transmission. There are more similarities too in the performance categories. While the Conti may be a much larger car than the Lamborghini, it matches the 600 horsepower and 2,800 pound weight of the Italian.
Being a true race car, the Bentley does also come with the same collection of aerodynamic and visual enhancements. A new hood, with extra vents, an altered front end for sucking up more air, a gigantic rear spoiler and a slightly widened body all help to improve air-flow, handling dynamics and engine cooling.
Gallery Bentley Continental GT3-R
If you are a fan of racing and Lamborghinis, but you never got into the old Super Trofeo series, now is your chance. With a new car that is lighter and more powerful than the old Gallardo model, the new Huracan racer will be more exciting to drive. Thanks to its more traditional running gear and RWD setup, it will also build skills that are more applicable to real-world endurance racing. This could potentially lead to more drives and races if you were to move into full racing competition.
Most every impression of the all-new Huracan is that it is the best car Lamborghini has ever made. Now it’s a freaking race car. It doesn’t get much better than that.
- More power than standard
- Weighs even less than the old Gallardo Super Trofeo
- New RWD platform
- Still no road legal model
- Will be VERY expensive
- Will still need modifications to follow FIA rules
Press Release - 8/17/2014
Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo makes Global Debut at ‘The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering’
Carmel, California 15th August 2014 — Automobili Lamborghini unveiled its nextgeneration
motorsports machine: the new Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo.
The car will debut in all three (Europe, Asia and North America) of the brand’s one-make 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series.
The Huracán Super Trofeo marks a new benchmark for the race series. ‘‘The Huracán Super Trofeo is an all-new car built from scratch with a clear racing concept,’’ said Maurizio Reggiani, Board Member and Director of Research and Development for Automobili Lamborghini. ‘‘We believe the car will be as fun for fans to watch as it will be rewarding for our racers to drive.’’
The redesigned Huracán Super Trofeo was developed in collaboration with
Dallara Engineering, with direct involvement by founder Giampaolo Dallara.
Dallara’s history with Lamborghini dates back to 1963 when he worked as a Lamborghini engineer and later led the development of the legendary Miura.
The Huracán Super Trofeo adopts the direct-injected V10 engine from the road car, delivering 620 horsepower in race trim, and a rear-drive set-up meant to accelerate the series racers’ transition into GT racing. The vehicle weighs an ultra-light 2,800 lbs, attributed to the hybrid carbon fiber/aluminum chassis and strict motorsports weight reduction. The weight/power ratio is 4.5 lbs/hp.
The aerodynamics provide better efficiency, traction and downforce using a
ten-position rear wing, front and rear diffusers as well as adjustable front air
intakes. The Huracán Super Trofeo will be exclusively-equipped with Pirelli tires engineered specifically for this application.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo - North America — Upcoming Dates:
August 22-24 (Virginia International Park, Alton, VA); October 1-4 (Road
Atlanta, Atlanta, GA); and November 20-21 (Sepang, Malaysia, World Finals)
Also at The Quail, Lamborghini presented its Aventador LP 700-4 in a new
version by Ad Personam. The vehicle, which will be shown as well at Concorso Italiano and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, highlighting Lamborghini’s ‘‘made-to-order’’ program.
Clients of Ad Personam-equipped cars avail themselves of personalized
materials, custom colors and exclusive trim for exterior and interior fitment.
The display model highlighted semi-aniline leather, Alcantara, Forged
Composite, a Lamborghini patented carbon-fiber material, to custom stitching and beyond. The program caters to those who love to engage with their dream car — even before they take delivery.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, in Northeastern Italy. The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, which has made its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is the successor to the Gallardo and redefines the luxury super sports car driving experience with its innovative technology and outstanding performance. The Aventador LP 700-4, in Coupé and Roadster offerings,
represents the reference point in the world of V12-powered, luxury super sports cars.
With 129 dealerships worldwide, in little more than half a century Lamborghini has created an uninterrupted series of extraordinary, exclusive cars that include the 350 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, and several limited series like the Reventón, Sesto Elemento and Aventador J. The Veneno Coupé, the Egoista and the Veneno Roadster, have been created to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary year in 2013.
After its official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and having garnered more than 1500 orders from all over the world, the new supercar from the House of the Raging Bull is playing the starring role in Lamborghini Accademia 2014, which takes to the grid on 2 June in Imola.
Lamborghini Accademia is holding its first 2014 session on June 2 to 4 at Imola Racetrack. The lead role is awarded to the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, the new luxury super sports car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The Lamborghini Accademia program, by Lamborghini Squadra Corse, provides Lamborghini customers with intensive driving courses on the track, so they can take their first steps into the world of motor racing. "Learning by doing is best" is the philosophy behind the Accademia, which offers two programs - one intensive and one advanced - with a team of professional instructors who have extensive experience in the racing world.
The Accademia provides the remarkable opportunity to fully experience the potential of Lamborghini super sports cars on both track and ice (Winter Accademia). It’s a captivating combination of high performance vehicles on some of the world’s legendary race tracks.
Press Release - July 15, 2014
The new Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo today on track for its first shakedown on the “Piero Taruffi” Vallelunga (ITA) circuit.
Chief Test Driver of Automobili Lamborghini Research and Development Department, Giorgio Sanna, will start the delicate task of fine-tuning the new Super Trofeo race car, along with the two offic ial Lamborghini
Squadra Corse test drivers Adrian Zaugg and Fabio Babini, and supported by drivers from the Young Drivers Program.
From 2015, Lamborghini’s newest ‘raging bull’ super sports car, the Huracán, will be the car raced in all of the three Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series (Europe, Asia and North America). Next season’s Series will feature both the Gallardo and the Huracán which will share the grid but will race in different classes.
“The first shakedown is always a very special moment. I’ve followed the development phase step by step in Sant’Agata Bologn ese, and we are all enthusiastic about this very important moment. We have full confidence in both Zaugg and Babini, as well as in the young drivers who will contribute to refining the new car. The new Huracán Super Trofeo will ensure Lamborghini a key role in International motor sport,” commented Giorgio Sanna.