IS LAMBORGHINI TESTING THE STREET LEGAL HURACAN SUPER TROFEO
Last week spy shots were captured of what many believe is the street legal version of the impressive Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo race car, AutoGuide published photos of a black Huracan with a rather interesting exhaust system installed.
In fact the style of exhaust, which shows two tips higher up on the rear fascia of the Huracan instead of the quartet below in the diffuser (which are still there on this test car, but are for show only apparently), looks very much like the system used on the Huracan GT3 racer while the Super Trofeo car has a double exhaust in the center of that same panel.
Looking closely at the black Huracan on the photos it looks like the brakes are slightly larger too while a decal from Becker Carbon, a well-known carbon fiber specialist, might hint at the fact we are looking at a stripped-down, lightweight version of the current production V10 … which might seem strange as Lamborghini has their own carbon fiber research department, so why would they even enlist a third party … might be just a smoke screen however, like all the other decals on the car and the German license plates.
If this is indeed an actual Lamborghini test car it is most likely just a mock up model to test the engine with a new, more free flowing exhaust system that will allow a higher power output from the V10 unit, currently rated at 610hp it would probably be very easy to add 10hp by just changing the exhaust system, which would bring us at the LP620-4 designation, similar to the Super Trofeo race car but with four-wheel drive for the open road.
Now you might ask yourself why only a 10hp power increase … in fact when the Gallardo LP560-4 became the Superleggera edition it was called LP570-4 … a 10hp increase too, but with the reduced weight the Superleggera became a totally different car once on the road, my guess is that will be the same when Lamborghini unveils the Huracan Superleggera edition … an LP620-4 but with 100kg less weight it would be a changed car altogether.
So if we take a look at the just released Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce we might get an idea on how Lamborghini will handle the lightweight version of their V10 super car, on the spy shots the body of the car looks standard, but I’m sure Lamborghini will turn the Huracan Superleggera into a street version of their track cars, so up front we will probably be seeing a more aggressive bumper installed, with massive air intakes but without the ‘canards’ on the side … as those wouldn’t be street legal worldwide.
On the side the stunning lower sills from the Super Trofeo would look amazing on a Huracan Superleggara … I would love to see wider wheel arches and the side sills from the GT3 car on a Superleggera, but I think that would be too wild in fact … a Huracan Superleggera is a race inspired lightweight version of the regular car … not a street legal, rather impractical racer.
Same with the rear lower diffuser, even the one used on the Huracan Super Trofeo might be too much for a street car so for my renders I took inspiration from the Aventador Superveloce and used a rear diffuser in that style … still very aggressive and with those vertical fins for stability, but softened down for road use.
I for one love the ‘hanging’ design of the rear wing on both the Huracan Super Trofeo and Huracan GT3, but for the Superleggera I think a more subtle style like the adjustable rear wing from the Aventador Superveloce might be appropriate here … remember there is always a Squadra Corse edition too, which in case of the Gallardo did come with the Super Trofeo rear wing … you have to leave some space for even wilder versions right?
With the new aerodynamics installed we most likely didn’t shave too much weight from the original Huracan yet, especially that rear wing and lower diffuser would probably counteract any weight loss we managed from the front bumper and side sills … so we need to find more room for improvement … get rid of the original seats with their electric motors and most of the time heating and replace them with lightweight carbon fiber backed units, add carbon fiber door panels and a different exhaust system with those two impressive tips and that 100kg has been lost along the way.
With the exhaust being replaced with a track derived unit and some tweaking of the Engine Management Unit the power output for the Huracan Superleggera could go up to 620 hp making the full denomination probably : Huracan LP620-4 Superleggera, add a nice set of center lock wheels and the race feeling is complete.
And with the Huracan LP610-4 Spyder just around the corner and testing being done on the Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce Spyder it would be highly likely we will also be seeing a Huracan LP620-4 Performante too … the open top version of the Superleggera.