These days you would be hard-pressed to name a supercar that still offers a good ‘ol stick shift. Whether we like it or not, the tradition of rowing your own gears has been set aside by major manufacturers in the pursuit of more speed. Dual-clutch – and even conventional automatics – have been developed to shift faster than a human’s hands and feet ever could, and this can only translate to more power towards the pavement.
Despite the fact that this is the world we live in, there will always be people who want to stick to tradition and do things their own way – even if it means getting their own hands dirty.
If you’re familiar with the YouTube channel B is for Build, their content circles around taking supercars in various states of damage and bringing them back to life all with their own hands and wrenches. Taking that theme and being the backyard mechanics that they are, they’ve opted to do something special with the Lamborghini Huracan that’s sitting in their garage: a full six-speed manual transmission swap.
If completed, their Lamborghini Huracan will be the only one of its kind with a manual transmission because the folks from Sant’agata have never specced their new baby bull with a stick and three pedals.
To get into the nitty-gritty, the Huracan in question was a salvage title vehicle that caught fire from its original 5.2L V10. Once acquired by the the folks from B is for Build, they previously set out to shoehorn a GM LS Motor into the bay. And while they somewhat succeeded with that, they now set out to bring the Huracan closer to its roots. And by that it looks like they will be utilizing the original Lamborghini V10 mated to a gated 6-speed manual transmission from the Huracan’s cousin: the Audi R8 V10. Seeing as they supposedly share the same powerplant, a manual swap is technically possible – albeit with a lot of wizardry and crafty solutions.
Based on their videos, it appears they have already mounted the transmission and figured out a way to mount the shifter smack dab in the middle of the console. As one of the presenters explains, they have received a host of promotional products from ECS Tuning and Mullins Auto. A lot of the parts they’ve utilized for the build are both very hard to find and extremely expensive, and thankfully they can keep costs down by doing all the work themselves.
We can imagine that tearing away the 7-speed dual clutch transmission and replacing it with a 6-speed manual isn’t as straightforward an affair as your typical backyard swap. Do remember that these modern engines were designed with ECUs that specifically work in tandem with another computer that’s managing the gearbox. Some fiddling with the engine and transmission electronics may likely be required to get this working properly, but the end result of rowing your own gears in a V10 Lamborghini will surely be worth it.