Lamborghini is the last bastion of old school, high-performance supercars, shunning hybrid technology for straight out cubic capacity. And we love them for it. The new Huracan Performante delivers more of the same but also has a few cool aero tricks up its sleeve.
No doubt if you’re into your supercars and like reading up on the latest, you’re seeing a few reviews about the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante, the track-focused, sportier version of the already track focused and sporty-enough Huracan V10.
And there’s a very good chance that some of these articles will wax lyrical about the music from the exhaust pipes, the crackle and burble on down change, the ear-splitting, spine tingling shrill from the 5.2-litre engine during flat out up changes etcetera.
It’s pretty hard not to get carried away with emotions by one of the most emotional cars on the market, but for the first time as I left the “Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari” racetrack in Imola, Italy, better known as the home of the San Marino Formula One Grand Prix, it was the silent parts of this Lamborghini that impressed me the most.
I’m a huge fan of aerodynamics as I first cast my young eyes on the Ferrari F40 and the McLaren F1, both released at roughly the same time and I couldn’t help but notice where Ferrari needed giant wings and spoilers to keep it pinned to the road, Gordon Murray’s design of the F1 road car did the same without the need of a single wing or fin. [To be continued...]
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...]