The genesis of the Huracan Sterrato

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In about a week we’ll finally be seeing the new Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato being unveiled at Art Basel in Miami Beach, while the Huracán Sterrato concept car was already presented back in 2019, it took another four years of development before Lamborghini’s first off-road supercar will be delivered to clients in 2023, the production car took the original concept’s style and technical base to create a vehicle specifically engineered to explore any terrain, which makes the Sterrato a forerunner of Lamborghini’s ‘Driving Humans Beyond’ concept: visionary working towards new horizons and inspiring new generations of super sports car enthusiasts.

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“It all started from one of the first Huracán prototypes, chassis number 53,” said Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini Motorsport Vice President, and former CTO during the Sterrato concept’s development. “My team worked on that car to create a laboratory on wheels, installing off-road solutions with higher ground clearance. The first time had the chance to drive it I immediately realized how much fun this unexpected super sports concept could be. After we built and developed a full prototype our management board was also convinced by the idea thanks to the emotions the car conjured. After all, the car was born on the Strada Bianca of Nardò, which is for Lamborghini off-track development what the Nürburgring ‘Green Hell’ is for racing.”

“The Sterrato is one of the projects closest to my heart,” comments Rouven Mohr, Automobili Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer. “It started back during my first professional experience at Lamborghini as head of vehicle development. We were testing at Nardò on the ‘Strada Bianca’ and some of us had the idea of also driving an old and modified Huracán on this dirt track. In the evening, following the first test, I was having dinner with Maurizio Reggiani and Mitja Borkert and we elaborated on the idea of creating a car halfway between the Huracán and the Urus. The goal was not so much to create an off-road vehicle but rather an unprecedented super sports car for all surface conditions. So we then built the prototype, a truly incredible car: a lot of fun to drive on dirt roads and with a true rally set-up. Now, I’m proud to see the birth of the definitive version, which will also make our customers very happy.”

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The original 2019 Huracán Sterrato concept used the versatility of the 5.2-Liter V10 inside a familiar body style, but on a raised chassis to offer maximum driving experience both on and off the paved roads, and along the way Lamborghini also made the exterior look more rugged, showcasing an adventurous look while retaining the characteristics of a super sports car. Not only did the Lamborghini engineers increase the ground clearance, but they also modified both front and rear valance to offer a more important approach and departure angle for better off-road capabilities, and thanks to fitting extended wheel arches in satin black, they also were able to widen both front and rear track, fitting wide-walled tires inside these more aggressive wheel arches with integrated air intakes complete the adventurous stance of the Sterrato.

“Designing the Huracán Sterrato concept was fun from the first moment: it gave us a unique opportunity to push boundaries in a new way, translating our design DNA in unexpected proportions,” said Mitja Borkert, Lamborghini Head of Design. “Internally we were able to realize this concept and demonstrate not only how cool and brave the idea was, but its potential for production. Our stated aim was to design something distinctly different, for active, sporty people who are fun seekers and want to drive the world even beyond roads and race circuits. The final Sterrato is definitively a Lamborghini, just as the concept was from the very first glance, while at the same time propelling Lamborghini into a unique new territory.”

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The wider tires with increased sidewalls were specifically developed to improve grip and shock absorption. Wide, rugged, open shoulder blocks promoted self-cleaning of the wheels and provided excellent dirt-road surface adherence with improved traction and braking, as well as being highly damage resistant. The underbody and front frame of the Sterrato concept were reinforced, with integrated aluminum elements protected by an aluminum bulkhead, with the same material used for the side skirt reinforcements.