“Records were made to be broken,” no other quote can be more relatable to the Nurburgring as manufacturers battle out for the fastest production record. Now, a new record has been set once again and the new holder is Lamborghini's Huracan Performante.
The record time was set on October 5, 2016, with Lamborghini test driver Marco Mapelli behind the wheel of the still camouflaged production version Huracan Performante. However, it is only now that Lamborghini has revealed the official time that was lapped at the Nurburgring. 6:52.01 minutes, is the time that the Italian supercar maker was able to lap. To prove that the record was indeed set, Lamborghini has released video with telemetry as proof of the accomplishment.
Making the record breaking time is due to the numerous improvements of the Performante over the standard Huracan. The advanced active aerodynamics system –Aereodinamica Lamborghini Attiva add some stability. Meanwhile, the firm’s proprietary Forged Composite carbon fiber puts the car on a diet to save 90 kg over the regular model.
Power wise, Lamborghini is still being secretive about the Performante's powertrain. It retains the 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10, but with more tuning will see power gains along with more torque. Making sure the lightweight supercar sticks to the road, Pirelli, who handled the development of the Performante's tires, were also present. The Pirelli Trofeo R used on the record breaking Performante will be the same tires delivered to owners.
The question now is how long will Lamborghini be able to hold on to the Nurburgring record as other manufacturers are planning to go for the same record. For example, the guys over at Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is planning a trip to the ‘Ring and are aiming to lap the course in around 6:30 minutes.