Lambo’s GT3 racer for the road
Tuesday 24th November, 2020 - 8:30am
The Lamborghini Huracán Evo GT3 has scored success on some of the world’s most famous racetracks, including three times at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Now the knowledge gained on the circuit is coming to the street with the Huracán STO – Super Trofeo Omologata – the latest addition to the expanding range of V10 supercars from the famed Italian firm.
Lamborghini has applied lessons from both the Huracán Evo GT3 and the one-make Super Trofeo racers to make what it calls the “most authentic driving feeling” – as opposed to the outright fastest Huracán. Like the recently released Essenza SCV12, this was a collaborative project between Lamborghini’s road car division and the Squadra Corse motor racing department.
“The Huracán STO is the purest incarnation of Lamborghini Squadra Corse heritage, directly transferring technologies from the Huracán Super Trofeo Evo and drawing on the Huracán GT3 EVO’s unique accomplishment of winning three consecutive times in the Daytona 24 hours,” explained Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini CEO.
The 5.2-litre V10 has been tuned to make 470kW of power and 565Nm of torque, and in keeping with the race regulation inspired change to the GT3 version, it sends that grunt to the rear-wheels only.
But that’s not all that’s come from the racetrack (because you can already buy a rear-wheel drive Huracán Evo) with Lamborghini giving the STO a unique track-inspired aerodynamic package and lightweight diet.
For example, the front of the STO is a single piece, combining the front bonnet, bumper and fenders in what the company calls a ‘cofango’ (combining the Italian words – ‘cofano’ which means hood and ‘parafango’ which means fender).
The ‘cofango’ integrates a new front splitter for more downforce, louvers in the front wheel arches to reduce lift, new air ducts for better engine cooling and, on top of that, is lighter than multiple components.
At the rear there’s more racing-inspired additions, most notably the huge adjustable rear wing but also a combination air-intake and ‘shark fin’ that helps cool the V10 and improve yaw stability.
The final result is an aerodynamic package that generates 53 per cent more downforce than the Huracán Performante.
It also weighs 43kg less than the Performante thanks, in part at least, to the use of a new ‘carbon fibre sandwich’ technique for the rear bumper. Other weight savers include the magnesium wheels (wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza rubber, with road or track options) and a lighter windscreen.
While Lamborghini says the focus is on driving enjoyment, specifically on the track, the company has released the key performance indicators. Top speed is 310km/h while the 0-100km/h sprint will take just 3.0 seconds and it will run to 200km/h in just 9.0 seconds. Just as impressively, it will come to a stop from 100km/h in just 30m.
This will be the last Lamborghini produced under Domenicali’s watch, with confirmation coming last week former boss Stephan Winkelmann will return to the Italian firm. Domenicali is heading off to run Formula 1, but Lamborghini is in safe hands. Winkelmann ran the brand from 2005 to 2016 before he was promoted to run Audi Sport and then Bugatti.