Date posted : March 24. 2014
Now that the entire world has seen the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 being unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show it is time to think about the next step in the evolution of this brand new V10 model ... with the 2014 Super Trofeo series getting on track still using the Gallardo based model and the entry in the 2014 Blancpain GT Series also seeing the Gallardo FL2 GT3 car in action this year it is safe to say we will not be seeing a race prepared Huracán until the 2015 season at the earliest.
But that doesn't mean development hasn't been initiated already, I'm sure Automobili Lamborghini SpA is already working on the Huracán Super Trofeo edition ... and for the Blancpain GT Series I think renowned Reiter Engineering GmbH is taking a very close look into how they can create a GT3 version of this new 'Baby Bull'.
Reiter Engineering, also known as 'Home of the Racing Bull' has been building Lamborghini based race cars since the year 2000, starting out with the amazing Diablo GTR they created the beautiful black GTR-S before developing the Murciélago R-GT that would later be succeeded by the Murciélago LP670-4 SV-R for LMS and GT1 racing ... however their Gallardo GT3 edition became the best-selling race car with a power output over 600hp and reaching several pole positions at the most famous tracks out there ... towards the end of 2013 a total of 100 Gallardo GT3 were built and sold to teams all over the world.
So when it comes to creating a GT3 race edition based on the new Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 German based Reiter Engineering GmbH is the obvious choice ... so how do you transform an exotic super car into a pure bred race car? A question Hans Reiter can answer to perfection ... more power, better aerodynamics and weight reduction ... while retaining the driving characteristics of the base car to create a true Racing Bull.
So for the Huracán the entire interior would have to be stripped, those luxurious seats will be replaced by a FIA specs racing seat with multi point harness to keep the driver firmly fixed in position, the amities like air conditioning and music installation will be removed too, as will most of the sound deadening material, most likely the original dashboard will be replaced by a lightweight carbon fiber unit while the original LCD could be kept, but would surely be reprogrammed to display other, more important information ... no need for a navigation display in a GT3 race car right?
Full FIA specs roll-over cage would have to be installed too so the Reiter Huracán LP610-4 GT3-R complies to racing regulations, side windows will become plexi units with the usual sliding section to loose even more weight while the exterior rear view mirrors might be retained ... the Gallardo GT3 still had the original mirror pods too on the doors by the way ... or Reiter might install smaller, lighter units like we've seen on the Murcielago SV-R GT1 race car.
Naturally a complete suspension overhaul would be required to turn the factory original Huracán into a race car, the obligatory 'lifting' system will also require a spot on this new V10 racer while special wheels and tires are just another item Reiter Engineering GmbH will have to replace ... most likely the standard carbon ceramic disk brakes will be modified into heavy duty racing units with special calipers to withstand the continues 'hammering' required during a race stint.
Riding height will be lowered for a GT3 specs car in addition to deeper side sills in carbon fiber and a massive front spoiler to increase stability ... aided by a pair of canards on the side of the front bumper and larger intakes that lead air both into large outlets on the side of the front bumper and onto new vents cut into the top of the fenders ... cooling air is a highly sought after commodity in a high power race car like a Reiter Huracán LP610-4 GT3-R, not only for brakes, radiators and engine ... but also for the driver, so a roof mounted intake draws air into the cockpit and ducts on the front section of the side windows can be mounted too if required.
The Reiter Gallardo FL2 GT3 doesn't require an air intake on the engine cover, so it is highly unlikely the Huracán would need one either ... it might look impressive, but it also adds drag ... hence lowers top speed ... another item the Huracán GT3-R might 'borrow' from the Gallardo FL2 GT3 are those triangular air vents on the front hood, first seen on the Sesto Elemento they were added to the Gallardo FL2 GT3 car for additional ventilation ... and they sure look great on the Huracán LP610-4 GT3-R too, so why not ... form and function all in one.
A GT3 car jus needs a large rear wing to keep the car firmly 'pressed down' onto the track, so the Reiter Huracán LP610-4 GT3-R is no different ... now this might be a dilemma ... keep the tried and tested rear wing from the Gallardo FL2 GT3 and continue to develop it for use on the Huracán or go for a new, innovative design that will have to be perfected ... the renders on this page show the large Gallardo styled rear wing, and I for one really like how it looks on the new Huracán too.
So will we be seeing a Reiter Huracán LP610-4 GT3-R for the 2015 season of the Blancpain GT Series? If Hans Reiter has anything to do with it the answer would be unanimously 'YES', all that is required is for one of the teams to ask for a race prepared Lamborghini Huracán ... I'm sure the professional team at Reiter Engineering GmbH is perfectly able to take a factory fresh Huracán and transform it into a GT3 race ... they have been doing exactly that for the last 14 years anyway, so they have lots of experience taking a super car and turning it into a race car.
Naturally we will all have to wait some more months before the first Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 get delivered to customers, initially these will all be road going cars ... but if you ask me I think Hans Reiter is keeping a close look on deliveries ... so he can get his hands on one of them and put the team to work ... creating yet another masterpiece: the Reiter Huracán LP610-4 GT3-R ...
Text © Mark Smeyers - www.lambocars.com
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