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Lamborghini Huracán STO is a racer for the road

by Nik Berg
19 November 2020 2 min read
Lamborghini Huracán STO is a racer for the road
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Lamborghini has unleashed the ultimate Huracán road racer. Developed by its Squadra Corse racing division the Huracán Super Trofeo Omologata draws heavily on hardcore race winners from the Super Trofeo and GT3 race series, yet remains road legal.

Inspired by success on circuit, including winning the GT3 class at the 24 Hours of Daytona three times and taking victory twice at the 12 Hours of Sebring with its Huracán GT3 EVO, not to mention the popularity of its one-make Super Trofeo championship, Lamborghini has decided to create a road car with the chops to take on any race track.

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The 631bhp naturally aspirated V10 engine is standard, but, in keeping with racing tradition, the STO is stripped of excess weight, aerodynamically-enhanced, and has its suspension fettled, braking upgraded and rubber replaced.

Starting with weight reduction, the STO makes plentiful use of carbon fibre, with 75 percent of its exterior panels now using the material and utilising aerospace-spec sandwich construction. The windscreen is 20 percent lighter, and magnesium alloy wheels shed more mass. Overall the STO weighs 45kg less that the Performante.

The aerodynamic advances are clear to see, from the single-piece front hood, wings and bumper that Lamborghini calls a cofango, inspired by the Miura and Sesto Elemento, to new air ducts, a shark fin spoiler, and adjustable rear wing.

The STO boasts a widened front and rear track, stiffer bushings and unique anti-roll bars to work with Lamborghini’s MagneRide 2.0 suspension control. Brembo CCM-R brakes provide four times higher thermal conductivity than normal carbon ceramic brakes, improving braking power by 25 percent. Bridgestone Potenza tyres are fitted, with a choice of road or track-ready rubber.

Rear-wheel steering is retained but the steering now has a fixed ratio more suited to track conditions. The STO is rear-drive and the gearbox has been reprogrammed for faster shifts. Three driving modes are offered: STO is a road setup, with more compliant suspension, Trofeo mode recalibrates the car’s performance control strategies for track use and enables a brake temperature monitoring system so you’ll never pull into the pits with smoke pouring off the discs. Pioggia is a rain mode that dials up the traction control, torque vectoring and ABS to eke out as much grip as possible on wet asphalt.

The cabin has had a racy makeover, using carbon fibre for the seats, door panels and even the floor mats. An integrated titanium roll cage, developed by Akrapovič is some 40 percent lighter than a regular steel device. The ‘frunk’ has been redesigned to store crash helmets, and there’s also a built-in telemetry system so drivers can record their racetrack exploits.

The price of track day dominance is about £260,000. Like any Lambo, the STO can be completely customised using the Ad Personam program, but we think the Blu Laufey and Arancio California colour scheme is attention-grabbing enough.

Via Hagerty US

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