Superleggera model gets race-bred carbonfibre body and track-focused aero
Lamborghini is working with German motorsport carbon fibre specialist Becker Carbon on the development of its 2017 Huracan Superleggera.
The Italian car maker’s track-focused model will be revealed at the Geneva show in March, featuring carbonfibre body panelsand a more carbonfibre-intensive structure. The car will benefit from Becker Carbon’s experience of supplying Formula 1 and Le Mans teams with parts to significantly undercut the Huracan LP610-4’s 1422kg kerb weight.
The bodywork will also produce more downforce. Test mules for the new lightweight model have been spotted with the exterior of a regular Huracan, but the latest development car sports a large, fixed rear wing, different intakes and a raised, twin-exit exhaust system like that of the Huracan GT3 racer.
The freer-flowing exhaust will allow the mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 to breath more easily. The engine will also have new fuel injection technology that mixes multi-point injection with stratified injection, as first used on the limited-run Huracan Avio, to produce modest output gains over the standard car, which produces 602bhp and 413 lb ft.
This will help the four-wheel-drive Huracan Superleggera trim the regular car’s 3.2sec 0-62mph sprint time and possibly extend its 202mph top speed, although this will depend on the car’s final aerodynamic set-up.
While the use of active aerodynamics can negate the effect of increased aerodynamic drag at high speeds, the Superleggera’s track focus is likely to result in the use of more conventional fixed aerodynamic aids, meaning its outright top speed could be curtailed.
Rivals suchas Audi’s R8V10 Plus are offering increasingly advanced competition for the Huracan. The R8’s 5.2-litre V10 engine produces the same peak power as the standard Huracan, but the Audi has a higher top speed, at 205mph.
McLaren’s675 LT, meanwhile, produces 666bhp from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine, while the Ferrari 488 GTB’s twin- turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 makes 662bhp.