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19 November 2020

Race-tech infused Lamborghini Huracán

What do you do if you have a decade of GT3 racing experience, and a trio of wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona? Well, if you’re Lamborghini, you build a very special model to celebrate all of that.

The Italian supercar maker has unveiled its Huracán STO, a very thinly-disguised track specialist that’s road legal. Based on the rear-wheel drive Huracán, the STO is made up of a shopping list of race car parts and technologies, all packaged into car that the company claims is able to deliver “the most fun” you’re able to have on the road.

Its race car inspiration starts with a weight loss programme that sees a the STO shed over 40kg when compared to the previous lightest Huracán model, the Evo. Over 75% of the car’s body panels have been produced in carbon fibre, which also allowed a revising of the Huracán’s shape and an optimising of its aerodynamics. That includes the creation of the two nostrils for the bonnet, which have the added bonus of helping manage the car’s cooling. Further kilograms are shed by the use of a lighter windscreen and magnesium wheels.

The interior has a “naked” theme, again with lashings of carbon fibre and lightweight materials. A titanium roll bar and 4-point seatbelts are part of the standard setup.

Even though the total weight of the car is just 1339kg, Lamborghini have uprated the braking to fade-free CCM-R carbon ceramic discs, which measure an enormous 390mm at the front and bring the STO from 100km/h to 0 in just 30 meters.

Power in the STO comes from the same 5.2 naturally aspirated V10 as the rest of the Huracán lineup, although with a different output. In total, it sends 470kW and 565Nm to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. 0-100km/h time is just 3.0 seconds, 0-200km/h happens in 9.0 seconds, with top speed coming in at 310km/h.

Being a track-focused road car, the STO has driving modes, selectable via a steering wheel switch. Taking a cue from the Porsche 911’s “Wet Mode”, STO drivers can select “Pioggia” (Italian for “rain”) which optimises the car’s traction control, rear-wheel steering and ABS for slippery conditions.

Official word from Lamborghini South Africa is that, at a price of R8 495 000, "very few" STOs will be seen locally.