It truly is one of the very few, genuine breakthroughs in supercar design and something that for once didn’t flow from motor racing but no doubt will be copied by it in some form very soon.”

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Huracan Performante


For a V10-powered supercar with over 630bhp and race-bred engineering, the best part about the track-focused Lamborghini Huracan Performante are the bits you can’t see or hear.


Chances are that if you’ve read a review of a Lamborghini in the past decade or two, the writer will have no doubt talked about the ear-shatteringly good exhaust and engine note yet the best part about this Performante is the completely silent active aero they’ve dubbed ALA.


Sure, the 5.2-litre V10 Lamborghini Huracan Performante cranks out 631bhp and 600Nm of torque with pipes raised to eye height and straightened out enough to literally spit flames at your face but when I drove it on track in Italy, I was far more intrigued by the sound of silence.


Or more correctly, the energy and downforce it was generating by something that emits no sound and technically – as it’s air – weighs nothing.


The Performante’s ALA aero package adds a front splitter and the rear wing that produce up to 350kg of downforce at 310kmh, or 750 per cent more load without affecting its 2.9 second to 100kmh acceleration time or its 325kmh top speed.


It’s an active aero system much like F1’s DRS where it opens small flaps on the straights to allow air through to reduce drag when it’s not needed and increase speed.[To be continued...]

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