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18 August 2014

This is the Huracan Super Trofeo

611bhp wings-and-slicks V10 racer ditches 4WD safety for rear-drive lunacy. Stig stirs in his lair

Rowan Horncastle
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At its launch, the Huracan - Lamborghini's V10 'baby' successor to the Gallardo - received gentle flak for being a little, well, safe on the styling side. Well, haters, how do you like it now?

This is the Huracan Super Trofeo, the racing version of the Son of Gallardo. Created with the help of Dallara, it's been cooked up specifically for Lamborghini's Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make series that currently runs in Asia, Europe and North America.

As you can see, the Huracan's aerodynamics have been substantially revised for track. There's a massive watch-out-for-your-ankles chin spoiler and dive plane at the front, flat under-tray and diffuser setup at the rear, and a vast ten-way adjustable rear wing springing from the rear deck.

The combined effect is to make the Huracan look like a prop from the armory of Game of Thrones... and generate enough downforce to vacuum-pack the Lambo the track. Extra grip will come courtesy of bespoke set of Pirellis wrapped around those lightweight rims.

Powering the circuit-bound battle-axe is the same 5.2-litre V10 from the road car. However, thanks to a new motorsport-specific ECU and a free-flowing exhaust, power rises slightly to 611bhp, a jump of 9bhp over of the road car. This power isn't fed through the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox from the road-going Huracan, but a racing six-speed XTrack sequential ‘box.

The Huracan Super Trofeo weighs 152kg (one John Prescott, imperialists) less than the road-going version, and 70kg less than its predecessor, the Gallardo Super Trofeo.

That weight-saving is thanks in no small part to the ditching of the front driveshafts: yes, this new race car is rear-wheel drive only. This means potential owners can enter other endurance races outside the Blancpain series, and potentially throws newbie gentleman racers in at the deep end of the car-control pool. At least the Huracan ST boasts is a 12-stage traction control system (six dry settings, six wet) to act as a safety net.

You may remember the previous Gallardo Super Trofeo race car spawned a road-going version of the same name. Which means we shouldn't have to wait long for a rear-wheel-drive road-going Huracan. Stig shall be pleased.

Tags: huracan, super trofeo, lamborghini

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