“Fuck, this factor is loud!” had been just about all of the phrases we had been in a position to muster as we pounded the accelerator to the ground whereas ripping laps within the 2021 Lamborghini Huracán STO at Willow Springs Worldwide Raceway in Rosamond, California. The 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated V10 screams in your ears like James Hetfield at a Metallica live performance.
For these able to trip the lightning, Tremendous Trofeo Omologato, (trofeo means trophy in Italian whereas omologato is homologated) marks Lamborghini’s first effort at making a street automobile that prioritizes observe expertise over driving on public thoroughfares. Successfully it’s a Huracán cranked as much as 11—an evolution of the Tremendous Trofeo Evo and three-time Daytona champion GT3 Evo race automobiles that can be utilized as a every day driver.
As one would anticipate from a Lamborghini designed to race, it’s acquired energy and velocity. The aforementioned V10 kicks out 631 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque, and will get the STO from 0 to 62 mph in 3.0 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 9.0 seconds, and a prime velocity of 192.6 mph. So it’s quick, however not completely insane.
What’s bonkers is simply how finely tuned this Lamborghini is. Response throughout all sides of the automobile is razor sharp. With each driver enter—throttle, steering, brakes—the automobile reacts instantaneously and with staggering ease. A rear-axle steering system bolsters agility. The automated seven-speed dual-clutch, whereas quirky at low revs, is so quick when taking the facility to the 8,500 rpm red-line that the majority drivers gained’t want to make use of the paddles—although they’ll seemingly need to anyway.
Testing Its Limits—However Not Actually
On the observe, looking for the sting of grip is a bit like sailors within the fifteenth century looking for the world’s finish. You may push and push and never discover it. Even at over 100 mph by the ultimate flip at Willow Springs (our teacher referred to as this the sketchiest a part of the observe), the STO felt glued to the road. The ragged edge was clearly nonetheless properly off within the distance.
All that grip comes partly from a brand new aerodynamic setup that features a big scoop, a “shark fin,” and a rear wing that may be adjusted manually to a few positions and improve downforce to 925 kilos at 174 mph. All in all, in keeping with Lamborghini, the STO boasts twice as a lot downforce than a Huracán Performante.
Retaining the STO linked to the street, the tires are model-specific—bespoke Bridgestone Potenzas that are available two flavors, one road-focused, the opposite geared towards the observe. The latter, whereas not full slicks, refuse to let go of the tarmac even while you come right into a nook a bit squirrelly.
When it’s time to let off the gasoline and decelerate right into a flip, the Brembo carbon-ceramic braking system on the STO is Formulation One impressed and easily filthy. With six-piston, 15.4-inch discs in entrance and four-piston, 14.2-inch discs in rear, until you spend most of your days in a race automobile, it’s tough to each wrap your head round their energy and belief their means to decelerate the automobile.
Even braking from the primary straight at Huge Willow, going properly over 155 mph, you don’t have to face on them to get the automobile again to 80 to make it into flip one. Plus, brake temperature monitoring permits the motive force to keep watch over temp and standing.
Each Ounce Counts
Over 75% of the STO’s exterior is constructed from carbon fiber. That coupled with different weight-saving methods, like a lighter windshield and carpetless inside negate the added mass of the rear-wheel steering system and preserve the automobile’s weight beneath 3,000 lbs earlier than including gas.
That barebones cabin does fortunately function air-conditioning to maintain you cool because the observe heats up, in addition to a big touchscreen heart console, which handles the automobile settings and navigation in addition to the stereo for many who need to cue “Enter Sandman”—although we doubt you’d have the ability to hear it over the deafening notes of the V-10 on the observe.
Lamborghini additionally provides an optionally available telemetry system that pairs with an app so drivers can consider their lap instances and driving utilizing statistics and video. Similar to a VBOX the professionals use, it’s an ideal further for anybody eager on racing their STO or simply chasing sooner lap instances on a non-competitive observe day.
Chasing velocity round a circuit is that this Huracán’s function, however sadly the oldsters at Lamborghini don’t anticipate a lot of the STOs they produce to truly discover their strategy to the observe. That’s too unhealthy as a result of it actually fulfills the aim for which it was created. Anybody fortunate sufficient to seek out themselves with one of their storage, we’d implore them to take it to a raceway. Or at the least allow us to borrow it for some laps.
For entry to unique gear movies, movie star interviews, and extra, subscribe on YouTube!