Lamborghini Seeks to Enter the Urus in an "All-Roads Competition" to Demonstrate it’s Capability
Lamborghini introduced the Urus just last December, ushering in a hot new competitor for the high-end performance SUV segment that matched a tall-riding, opulent body style with the traditional Raging Bull qualities of head-turning style and neck-snapping performance. Naturally, as the first-ever SUV from Lamborghini, we wanna know what it can do - both on the road, and off it. Thankfully, it’s looking like the brand is gearing up to show us exactly what the Urus is capable of.
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2018 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo
Back in 2014, during the annual auto extravaganza that is Monterey Car Week, Lamborghini revealed the Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, a hardcore, race-ready iteration of the popular Lamborghini Huracan road car. Framed as an entry into the exciting world of GT3 racing, the Super Trofeo offers world-class performance at a relatively affordable price point. Built to spec for competition in the international one-make Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, more than 150 examples of the Super Trofeo have sold worldwide in the three years its been on the market, with racers taking to the track in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. As many as 90 cars participate in the series annually. Now, the motorsports geeks from Lamborghini Squadra Corse just released an updated version of the Super Trofeo at a special event at Sant’Agata Bolognese, and it’s got improved aerodynamics and new safety measures, all with the same Super Trofeo fun.
“As it is a single-brand series, there are no regulatory demands that mean a successful model has to be altered. But with the Evo we wanted to give our customers an even more thrilling experience at the wheel, with superior performance and improved safety,” says Lambo’s Head of Motosport, Giorgio Sanna. Lambo’s CEO Stefano Domenicali adds, “Lamborghini Squadra Corse is continuing its plan to grow and consolidate its position as a trend setter on the competition scene.” So then – is this six-figure speed toy worth the outlay?
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Lamborghini CEO Shoots Down Formula One Entry
Lamborghini may have Stefano Domenicali at the helm as its new chief executive officer, but even having the man who once took charge of rival Ferrari’s Formula One team isn’t enough for the Italian automaker to consider entering motor racing’s highest level of competition. Domenicali himself said as much in a conversation with AutoWeek, saying that Formula One “is not a priority” for the Italian automaker.
The new CEO’s statements are not different from his predecessor, Stephan Winkelmann, who also shut down any possibility linking Lamborghini back to Formula One for the first time in 20-plus years.
Sure, it would look cool to see Lamborghini return to Formula One, but there are a multitude of reasons that can be tied into its refusal to make the jump. Domenicali talked about “other priorities” and that’s true, both from a manufacturers and motorsports perspective. Right now, the biggest and most important priority is to expand its production capabilities with the impending arrival of the Urus SUV, which is projected to be the biggest volume model of the automaker. Having the facility and the resources in place to accommodate the SUV’s production is important for Lambo to continue functioning to its normal capacity. That also ties into its two existing models – the Aventador and the Huracán – as well as the multitude of special edition models it routinely creates.
Then there’s Lamborghini’s motorsports priority. It’s easy to overlook the company’s absence from Formula One and dismiss its motor sports credentials. That couldn’t be further from the truth though. Lamborghini is heavily invested in the sport. It builds GT3 race cars for competition. It has its own single-make series (the Super Trofeo). It also has an in-house driver development program that goes all the way to the grassroots level, specifically the recently launched Kart Driver’s Program.
Based on all of these, Domenicali does offer a fair assessment of what Lamborghini’s priorities are and how those priorities take precedent over any ambition to enter the chaotic world of Formula One.
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One year after blazing its trail in European racing, the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 will finally make its North American GT3 racing debut in 2016 after a handful of teams confirmed their intention to race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class with the new Lambo race car. The Huracan GT3’s maiden racing run in the series will take place in the season-opening race — the Rolex 24 at Daytona — on January 30 and 31, 2016.
The arrival of the Huracan GT3 comes at an opportune time for customer teams, thanks in part to the adoption of the 2016 FIA GT3 specifications for all of its entries in the GTD class. Change Racing and O’Gara Motorsports are the first two teams that plan to use a Huracan GT3 next season. The two racing outfits are known for their involvement in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America, the one-make Lamborghini racing series that’s now in its third season. Change Racing, in particular, has been involved in the series since its inception in 2013, winning the first two seasons of the series on top of claiming the 2014 Pro-Am Super Trofeo World Finals title.
Likewise, O’Gara Motorsport has also been involved with the Super Trofeo North America from the very beginning and is on its way to claiming its first series victory in three years. Another team, Europe-based Konrad Motorsport, will also race in the 24 Hours of Daytona with a Huracan GT3.
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Lamborghini isn’t exactly known for its competitive heritage. In contrast to his rival, Enzo Ferrari, Ferruccio Lamborghini wasn’t a huge fan of racing. But, as Enzo figured out long ago, racing is an essential marketing tool for a performance car company.
Lamborghini has since come around to this way of thinking with its Squadra Corse GT racing program, which has a great record of fostering young driver talent around the world. Lamborghini has recommitted to young drivers for the 2015 season with the Squadra Corse Young Drivers Program, and has also added two new initiatives: the GT3 Junior Program and Formula Junior program.
Let’s pretend for a moment that you’re an exceptionally talented racing driver under 26 years of age. If you actually are, then bully for you. The first rung on the ladder to Lamborghini stardom is the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, a spec series in which entrants race identically prepared Lamborghini Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo race cars. Once you’ve proved your merits there, you move into the GT3 Junior Program, where you’ll be groomed to drive the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 and eventually race in one of the many GT3 series around the world.
If you’re an open-wheel racer, then the Formula Junior Program is your avenue to Lamborghini Squadra Corse greatness. Lamborghini will support select grass-roots single-seater teams and scout for the best talents among them throughout the 2015 season.
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While it might not be among the prettiest or most innovative Lambos to come from Sant’Agata Bolognese, the Gallardo is arguably the most important Bull of the modern era. Built over the course of a decade, it is Lamborghini’s best-selling model with more than 14,000 units delivered and spawned countless special-edition models, racing iterations and even Police versions. A few months after the last Gallardo rolled off the assembly line in November 2013, production of its replacement, the Huracan, began.
Penned by Filippo Perini — the Gallardo was originally designed by Giugiaro — the Huracan mirrors its predecessor in just about every aspect, starting with the mid-engine, all-wheel-drive layout and ending with the same 5.2-liter V-10 mounted behind the seats. The styling, however, represents a major departure from the Gallardo’s, with many cues borrowed from the flagship Aventador. Obviously more modern and a lot more potent, the 2015 Huracan faces a rather difficult mission in replacing Lambo’s most successful sports car on both the road and the track.
While replacing the Gallardo on the road is rather achievable considering the Huracan’s superior performance, doing so on the track depends on many factors, the most important of which being Lambo’s ability to build fast, reliable, and affordable Huracan race cars. Likewise, the Huracan has to be as polyvalent as the Gallardo, which spent no less than eight years tackling a host of endurance and sprint events around the world. Sure, with the race-spec Huracan still in its infancy, it will take a couple of years to find out if Lamborghini’s new sports car is headed in the right direction.
What we do know for a fact is that the Huracan is off to a promising start as of 2015, with two different racing configurations set to hit the track either under factory guidance or with privateers behind the wheel. I’m talking about the 2015 Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo and the 2015 Huracan GT3, two very similar, yet different race cars built in the same factory. I will put these two in a head-to-head competition to answer two key questions: how similar are they and how different are they?
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The 2015 Lamborghini Huracan has been assigned the near-impossible mission of replacing the mighty Gallardo as the company’s entry-level supercar. Before the 610-horsepower machines even began rolling off the Italian assembly lines, Lamborghini was already developing new, faster versions. First on its list was the 2015 LP620-2 Super Trofeo, the race car that comes with a one-make series of its own to displace the Gallardo’s. With the 2015 racing season just around the corner, the Italians revealed yet another iteration of the Huracan: the GT3. As the moniker suggests, we’re still in racing territory, but this time in a more disputed department — the Blancpain Series — in which Lamborghini faces competition from a handful of manufacturers, Audi and McLaren included.
The brand-new race car comes to replace the Gallardo FL2, the company’s sole offering for privateers in both the Blancpain Endurance and Sprint Series. Gentlemen racers, it’s time to grab your helmets, there’s a new kid in town!
Based on the road-going Huracan that arrived in 2014, the GT3 comes with all the goodies specific to an endurance race car, including an aggressive body kit, a stripped interior and a curb weight of only 2,731 pounds.
Updated 01/21/2015: Lamborghini released the official details on the new Huracan GT3, which was unveiled at the company’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese. Click past the jump for the new details.
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Almost two weeks ago we showed you a rather interesting drag racing video where a Tesla Model S P85D simply walks away from a V-12-powered Ferrari 550/575M Maranello in a straight line. While that result was kind of expected even before hitting the play button, a new race featuring the same Tesla model and a V-12-powered Italian supercar has surfaced, and you are probably going to have a hard time believing what happened between the two.
First of all, the Tesla no longer battles a 13-plus-year-old Ferrari but a brand new Lamborghini Aventador LP-700 with only 44 miles on the clock. Second of all, the Tesla is no longer part of a test drive, but it is part of a young owner’s stable... as is the Aventador it raced against. To refresh your memory, the Aventador LP-700 is powered by a naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter, V-12 that develops no less than 691 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a sequential transmission and an all-wheel-drive system, the Italian monster should hit 62 mph from a standing start in just 2.9 seconds, so it theory not even the Model S P85D should be a match from a dig.
The Tesla Model S P85D also comes with 691 horsepower but a gargantuan amount of torque delivered by two electric motors. Also with all-wheel drive, the electric car’s official numbers mention a 3.2-second run from naught to 60 mph, but in real life things may sit a little bit different. As seen in the above video, up until about 50 mph the Tesla actually pulls ahead of the Lambo and until 80 mph they are neck and neck, with the Aventador only getting ahead at higher speeds. Sure, we’re told that the Lamborghini isn’t using its Thrust Mode launch-control feature for this race, but the way that the Tesla completely obliterates it at lower speeds is pretty astounding.
If you’re a fan of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America Championship Series, this announcement should be music to your ears. Lamborghini and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) have announced an extension of their partnership for another four years. Part of this extended partnership calls for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series to continue under IMSA sanctions.
As far as one-make racing series are concerned, the Blancpain Super Trofeo Series is as good as it gets, so it’s definitely great to hear that we’ll be seeing it for the next four years. The 2015 season is particularly special because it will be the first time we get to see the Huracan Super Trofeo in action.
The arrival of the Huracan Super Trofeo means that we’re gonna see it and the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo share the grid in the 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo season, albeit with separate standings. Still, that’s something to look forward to.
As for the season itself, the 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America event calendar was also recently unveiled with 10 rounds being raced at five venues across the U.S., including Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, and the Circuit of the Americas. A World Final has also been scheduled to take place in November 2015 with competitors from all three global Blancpain Super Trofeo Series — Europe, Asia and North America — vying to became the world champion.
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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.
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All in-person images from Monterey Car Week are courtesy of Carninja and are used with express permission.
With the Huracan having already replaced the Gallardo as Lamborghini’s entry-level supercar, it was only a matter of time before the Italians rolled out a Super Trofeo version of the 610-horsepower machine. Announced in July 2014, the Huracan LP610-4 Super Trofeo is finally here to showcase its racing suit thanks to supercar spotter Jeroen.
He stumbled upon the track-prepped Lambo while the Italians were busy with the official photo shoot. It seems we won’t have to wait for the pictures to be released, as the video above provides us with a comprehensive walkaround, and, more importantly, it gives us a taste of the vehicle’s piercing engine note.
The footage also comes to confirm the numerous aerodynamic updates the Huracan has gained in order to become a full-time race car. Notice the huge front splitter and side skirts, the sexy rear diffuser and the huge fixed wing. Modifications don’t stop here though. A bevy of winglets adorn both the front and rear fascias, while the regular engine and trunk bonnets have been replaced with race-spec units.
The louvered front fenders allow better engine cooling and optimize airflow over and around the car. Rounding off the Super Trofeo package is a simple, yet enticing livery. The grey-painted body features silver and white markings, while the carbon-fiber aerodynamic parts are highlighted by bright-orange accents.
No doubt the Huracan Super Trofeo is one mean-looking machine, but wait until you hear that 5.2-liter V-10 engine roar.
We may be all hot and bothered with the new Lamborghini Huracan, but technically the Gallardo is still the Lamborghini to buy today. As a quick reminder of why the Lamborghini Gallardo rose to stardom to become the best-selling model in the Italian automaker’s history, we have a pair of videos that show off what the fastest and most capable Gallardo, the LP750-4 Super Trofeo can do.
The first video is a simple dyno run, but it lets you get a good close-up dose of V-10 wail. Final numbers are 509 horsepower. At the wheels. Just be a bit careful with the audio on this one, it starts mid dyno run, and it’s a little loud.
The next video lets you get a good look at what all that power can do. It is a set of three drag races with the first two being against a new 991-generation Porsche 911 Turbo. After more than 10 years in production, the Gallardo was getting a bit long in the tooth, but as these videos show, it certainly aged well.
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