Gone With The Wind: The New Lamborghini Huracán Performante
On October 5, 2016, the Performante set a new production car lap record of 6:52.01 min on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
“This new car represents the powerhouse of Lamborghini DNA and innovation, and a 360-degree approach to creating class-leading super sports cars. It illustrates the pinnacle of Lamborghini V10 production car performance to date, on both track and road," said Albert Wong at Lamborghini Hong Kong at the official launch on September 7, 2017.
The design of the Performante is unmistakeably Lamborghini. The rear, in particular, takes inspiration from performance motorcycles' exposed frames and the high mounted exhausts. A major highlight of the car is the newly introduced active aerodynamics system — called “Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva” (ALA) — which sets it apart from previous Huracán models.
At the front, the active aerodynamic front spoiler is clearly visible in a glossy naked Forged Composite®. It extends all the way from the front spoiler to the prominent rear wing. From the side of the car, the design is characterised by the accelerating line of the rocker cover with air intakes in matte black, the Italian tricolore on the doors, topped with wing mirrors in shiny black.
Forged Composite® materials are exposed throughout the car's interior, including the air vents and door handles to remind the driver of its lightweight and aerodynamic purpose. The new digital cockpit display can be configured depending on the driving mode selected: Strada, Sport or Corsa, with a display dedicated to the ALA that details data on downforce and drag.
The new cockpit layout supports the Lamborghini telemetry system, allowing the driver to record, replay and study his own performance.
Engine and performance
Its 5.2l V10 aspirated engine is the most powerful Lamborghini engine developed to date. It produces 600 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm and with a power output of 640 hp at 8,000 rpm. The car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and can reach speeds over 325 km/h.
The frame, made from a hybrid of aluminium and carbon fibre, allows for a weight reduction of 40 kg, while the body is produced from aluminium and Forged Composite® material is used throughout the car.
ALA - an innovative aerodynamic system developed by Lamborghini - provides an active variation of aero load for high downforce or low drag. The system is completely integrated into the vehicle, and is automatically switched on or off depending on whether the car is cornering or moving forward.
The chassis and set up of the suspension system has been revamped for track and performance handling. The stiffness of the radial and axial arm bushings has been improved by 50%, significantly enhancing lateral control of the car.
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