Lamborghini Toots its Own Horn Over the Huracan Performante Setting Records on a Handful of International Circuits
Ok, we get it. The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is really fast.by Kirby, on
The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is arguably one of the fastest cars in the world. Its combination of lightweight construction, enhanced power, and a dedicated chassis and suspension setup has allowed it to stake its claim in the record books. Lamborghini has not been bashful about celebrating the Huracan’s record-setting runs, which includes lap records in eight race tracks all over the world, all of which were set in 2017 by different magazine publications.
The lap record at the Vairano circuit in Italy was the first to fall when Quattroruote set a lap time of 1:09.43
2017 was really kind to the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. The supercar made its debut in Geneva last March. Soon thereafter, word of the Huracan Performante’s incredible pace started garnering headlines, and it didn’t take long for the Italian beast to be unleashed.
Look at the table below and you’ll see that the Huracan Performante started setting all of these lap records in the latter half of the year as different publications finally got their hands on one for review purposes.
The lap record at the Vairano circuit in Italy was the first to fall when Quattroruote set a lap time of 1:09.43, beating the previous record — 1:09.54 — held by the Porsche 918 Spyder by the slimmest of margins. A month later, Auto went to the Balocco track (also in Italy) and set another lap record with the Huracan Performante, posting a lap time of 2:38.07, a full two seconds faster than the Huracan LP 610-4. Later that month, it was Auto Zeitung’s turn to have some fun with the Lambo at the Contidrom, the tire test facility of Continental Tires. Guess what it did? Yes, it took the lap record in the 3.63-km layout of the track, posting a lap time of 1:29.60 that was 1.6 seconds faster than the lap time of the Mercedes-AMG GT R.
A month later, Auto went to the Balocco track (also in Italy) and set another lap record with the Huracan Performante, posting a lap time of 2:38.07
From there, the Huracan Performante’s track-trotting tour continued to Mira where Autocar managed to post a lap time of 1:05.40, once again dropping the Porsche 918 Spyder into second place. A few days later, The Grand Tour had its time with the Huracan Performante at the world-famous Eboladrome where test driver Abbie Eaton posted a lap time of 1:16.8, almost a full second quicker than the Ford GT. Towards the end of the year, the Huracan Performante also set records at Boxberg where Auto Motor und Sport set a breathtaking lap time of just 42.3 seconds. From there, Sport Auto brought the supercar to Le Mans Bugatti and Anneau du Rhin. Guess what the Huracan Performante did there? Yep, it set records with lap times of 1:42.49 and 57.5 seconds, respectively.
All of those records are incredible, and it should also be worth mentioning that for 11 months, the Huracan Performante also held the production car lap record at the Nurburgring with a lap time of 6:52.01. It’s since been taken down by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS’ lap time of 6:47.25, but it’s still an incredible achievement for a Lamborghini that produces “only” 640 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.
All that said, Lamborghini also hinted at “adding a new dimension to the Huracán Performante at the Geneva Motor Show.” Your guesses are as good as ours about what that “new dimension” means, but it’s certainly something that we’re now looking forward to seeing.
|29/08/2017||Contidrom (Auto Zeitung)||1’29”.6|
|28/09/2017||Wroughton (The Grand Tour)||1’16”.8|
|09/10/2017||Boxberg (Auto Motor und Sport)||42”.3|
|06/11/2017||Le Mans Bugatti (Sport Auto)||1’42”.49|
|14/11/2017||Anneau du Rhin (Sport Auto)||57”.5|
Read our full review on the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante.