Lightweight Huracan Performante rumored to break Nurburgring record
The trend of putting road cars on a diet and giving them better performance figures is nothing new to the engineers from Sant’Agata Bolognese. The latest Lamborghini put on this diet is the Huracan. While the Hurcan is no heavyweight, weighing in at only 1422 kg, being lightweight is still one of the keys towards better performance.
This diet is set to be used by the upcoming Huracan Performante. Officially called Forged Composites, it was first used on the track-only ultra-lightweight Sesto Elemento. Now the track focused Huracan Performante will also benefit from the same technology. Thanks to the Forged Composites, the Huracan will shave around 41 kg.
Lamborghini has provided us with a glimpse of the new Huracan Performante and the Forged Composites by showing us bits and pieces that used the technology. New active aerodynamics with electronically controlled motors called “Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva” will also be introduced in the Performante.
Our eagle-eyed spies were able to catch the hotter Huracan initially thought to be called a 'Superleggera' back in July and October testing on the Nurburgring. It was also spotted playing in the snow back in December.
Power-wise, the Huracan's 5.2-liter V10 will be tweaked to produce an extra 20 to 40PS, along with an additional 40Nm torque. The 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox will also be optimized to switch cogs faster.
Thanks to the diet and re-tune, the Huracan Performante has been able to set the new lap record for production cars at the Nurbugring. The previous record holder, the Porsche 918, set the lap record at 6 minutes 57 seconds. With no official time just yet, one can only speculate as to how much faster the Performante is for now. As shown in their video, which was also shot at the Nurburgring, we will just have to wait for February 23 as Lamborghini unveils the Performante online.