Article by Anthony Alaniz. Photography by Joel Chan (PhotosWithJoel).
Out with the old and in with new, as they say in Italy—or something like that. Maybe.
Replacing the totally archaic and horrifically slow 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo race car is the new bull in town. The Italian automaker is known for making exquisite sports cars that borderline defy the laws of physics and design, and their new beau is no different.
Building wicked-looking race cars has kind of been Lamborghini’s forte as of late. Take the Veneno for instance, and its topless sibling. Based on the Aventador with only three examples being made—along with the demonstration car—the supercar looks like it crawled out of some alternative dystopian world.
Count us in for that future.
Replacing the Gallardo is the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, which broke cover at the 2014 Quail Motorsports Gathering during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this past weekend.
"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 Lamborghini. "We believe the car will be as fun for fans to watch as it will be rewarding for our racers to drive."
The latest supercar from the company packs a relatively stock V-10 engine; however, it does receive a small power boost in the form of 10 extra ponies over its standard 602-horsepower rating.
The Huracán’s all-wheel drive system is gone, replaced with a proper rear-wheel drive setup. To save weight, Lamborghini is using a carbon fiber and aluminum chassis. The interior only has one seat—that way you know it is ready for some serious race car business. This brings the cars weight down to about 2,800 pounds, according to the folks at the automaker.
As a prerequisite for all specialty Lamborghinis, there are more than a few aerodynamic additions to the already great styling. A huge 10-position rear wing, front and rear diffusers and even adjustable air intakes find a home on the new Super Trofeo.
Trofeo actually translates into trophy, like the wife of those who are probably going to buy this car. But in reality, a trophy is what the Huracán really is.
It is an execution in design and performance that only Lamborghini could be bold enough to produce. While Lamborghini hasn’t dropped price yet, don’t expect it quite near the $4 million asking price of the Veneno—thankfully. However, exclusivity will be the Trophy’s Trofeo’s most redeeming quality in a future Bonhams’ auction.
And then Joel just couldn't help himself with a little test drive. . .
Official Lamborghini Press Release:
Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo makes Global Debut at 'The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering'
Automobili Lamborghini unveiled its next generation 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 provides 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.