Lam­borgh­ini Huracán

What’s got over 1000bhp, is bright yel­low and sports a LB Sil­hou­ette kit? This bonkers thing…

Fast Car - - CONTENTS - Words: Dan Be­vis Pho­tog­ra­phy: Larry Chen

There aren’t a lot of road cars run­ning V10s, in the grand scheme of things. You can pretty much count the mod­els on your fifi ngers – there’s the Porsche Car­rera GT, Lexus LFA, E60-gen­er­a­tion BMW M5, Dodge Viper, and a hand­ful of oth­ers. But the car that re­ally took this ob­scure en­gine for­mat main­stream was the Lam­borgh­ini Gal­lardo. Al­right, per­haps ‘main­stream’ isn’t quite the cor­rect term, but the baby Lambo cer­tainly proved that a high-revving ten-banger could be a re­li­able dai­ly­driven en­tity as well as a hair-rais­ing per­for­mance show­case. This was Lam­borgh­ini’s big­gest-sell­ing model by far, shift­ing over 14,000 units in its 11-year pro­duc­tion run – un­prece­dented num­bers for the Sant’Agatese fifi rm and proof pos­i­tive that the VAG money was do­ing the busi­ness.

So when it came time to re­place the Gal­lardo, the ap­proach was one of evo­lu­tion rather than revo­lu­tion: the Huracán, ar­riv­ing for the 2014 model-year, boasted a 5.2-litre V10 which could kick out the jams to the tune of 212mph and a 2.5-sec­ond 0-62mph time. He­donis­tic stuff, and it’s all thanks to a lengthy pe­riod of ges­ta­tion, re­searc­hand-de­vel­op­ment, and a me­thod­i­cal na­ture hith­erto alien to the most un­hinged of the supercar brands.

Of course, for ev­ery yin there is a yang. The uni­verse must be kept in bal­ance. And while noone could ever re­ally call a Huracán ‘sen­si­ble’ as such, it’s cer­tainly true that it’s the least men­tal model in the line-up. Which is where 3:16 Speed steps into the frame. Based in Clear­wa­ter, Florida, their mantra is ‘Burn rub­ber for Christ’, and that’s the name you hear ev­ery­body in­ad­ver­tently yelling when this bru­talised Lambo rolls by, lick­ing out foot­long flfl ames and mak­ing un­holy noises. While the de­vel­op­ment process of the Huracán as a model has a dis­tinctly long tail, 3:16 Speed aren’t the types to muck about. When they de­cided that they wanted to build this car and show it at SEMA, they had to knuckle down and get busy… be­cause the world’s big­gest automotive af­ter­mar­ket show was only a week away. That’s right: whereas the bulk of the world-class rides you see at SEMA are the prod­uct of an en­tire year’s work or more for the com­pa­nies in ques­tion, this merry band of Florid­ian bon viveurs turned around a stock Huracán into a show-stop­per over the course of just seven days. It’s a frankly un­be­liev­able achieve­ment, and when we saw the fifi nished prod­uct we sim­ply couldn’t stop gaw­ping at it. It’s un­real. The sort of thing you’d ex­pect to see in a ren­der by The Kyza, not an ac­tual real-life car that can be driven on the street.

TIME MA­CHINE

“The time frame was de­fifinitely the main hur­dle,” says com­pany boss-man RG, with the slightly ma­ni­a­cal grin of a per­son who’s been sub­sti­tut­ing sleep with caf­feine for some time. “It had to be just one week from start to fifi nish, and the fifi nal touches were be­ing put on the car at 5am on the fifi rst day of the show.”

Not a sec­ond to waste, it seems, and this is clearly a team which thrives on the pres­sure of dead­lines. You’ve got to be ded­i­cated to run a busi­ness this way, and have a very clear idea of what you want to achieve as an end re­sult, as well as what’s real­is­ti­cally achiev­able with each of your team mem­bers’

re­spec­tive skillsets. Nat­u­rally you need to have a sense of fun too, be­cause you don’t build a car like this for strictly ra­tio­nal rea­sons; as with so much in the mod­i­fied car scene, there was a strong el­e­ment of horse­play wo­ven through­out the process. “We wanted to flex to Sheepey Race,” rea­sons RG, “and that’s just what we did. Mis­sion ac­com­plished.” For the unini­ti­ated, Sheepey Race is a tun­ing shop based in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia; a com­pany run by en­thu­si­asts, for en­thu­si­asts. Oth­er­wise known as Sheepey Built and renowned for their tun­ing ex­per­tise and in­no­va­tion with Hon­das, Mit­subishis and other fast-road Ja­panese fare, the team has been dip­ping a toe in the vi­brant wa­ters of su­per­cars and mo­tor­sport in re­cent years – with, it has to be said, some fairly star­tling re­sults. Their favourite trick is to de­velop twin-turbo con­ver­sions for cars like the Fer­rari 458 and the Audi R8, with the aim of boost­ing horse­power up way into four-fig­ures, and they sell these as full kits to cus­tomers. And yes, as you’ve no doubt de­duced, there’s a cus­tomis­able setup avail­able for the Huracán.

The no­tion of a mak­ing a wide thing wider is very much on-trend, and if you want to pack some se­ri­ous girth you’ve re­ally got to be talk­ing to Wataru Kato and the squad at Lib­erty Walk. Help­fully, around the time that 3:16 Speed was em­bark­ing upon this project, the Lib­erty Walk Sil­hou­ette wide­body kit

had just ar­rived on the mar­ket, and with Kato-san’s help RG was able to draft in the parts to build one of the world’s first Sil­hou­ette Hu­racáns.

“Strip­ping the car down to in­stall the wide­body kit re­quired se­ri­ous com­mit­ment,” RG ex­plains, his teeth grit­ting at the mem­ory. “The rear quar­ter pan­els needed fully cut­ting out in or­der to start the con­ver­sion.” And ob­vi­ously once you’ve cut some­thing out, you can’t ex­actly un-cut it. But the team were el­bows-deep by this point, fully com­mit­ted to the en­deav­our, and things got more ex­cit­ing the fur­ther in they went. You see, with mas­sively wider wings comes the ne­ces­sity for mas­sively wider wheels, and this gave them all the ex­cuses they needed to com­mis­sion a set of be­spoke rims. The end re­sult is a quar­tet of fat forged 20-inch­ers from LD97, a de­sign drawn up specif­i­cally with Lib­erty Walk ap­pli­ca­tions in mind; the fronts mea­sure 10-inches across, with a full foot of width apiece out back. And with the rear panel omit­ted and the Lambo’s in­nards ex­posed, you can see the brood­ing drama of that con­tact patch. In­deed, the mas­sive amount of rub­ber on dis­play is a help­ful byprod­uct of Toyo Tires USA’s in­volve­ment in the build - a re­la­tion­ship which led to the car star­ring on the best-of-the-best Toyo Tread­pass line-up at SEMA. The fin­ish­ing touch is added with a tasty sus­pen­sion up­grade – be­cause it’d be a bit crazy to dial in so much ex­tra width and leave the car wal­low­ing up there at stock ride height: a full Air Lift Per­for­mance setup gets the Lam­borgh­ini hard­park­ing like a

boss.

Now, there’s a fur­ther rea­son for leav­ing the rear end ex­posed, and it’s to do with those a f o re­men­tioned flame-outs. The Sheepey Race in­flu­ence is most ev­i­dent as you gaze within the Huracán’s guts, as you can’t ex­actly miss those mighty tur­bos with their sub­limely crafted ti­ta­nium pipes. The Stage 2 setup has brought in a pair of mir­ror-im­age Pre­ci­sion 6266 Gen-2 ball­bear­ing tur­bos, op­er­at­ing with twin Tur­bosmart 45mm Hyper­gate waste­gates and Ra­ce­port BOVs. The air-to-wa­ter in­ter­cool­ers are fully cus­tom with CSF cores; as op­posed to the usual air-to-air sys­tem you’d find in a tra­di­tional front-mount in­ter­cooler, these units em­ploy a wa­ter reser­voir for cool­ing, and the filler cap at the top can be used to stuff it with ice wa­ter if the fancy takes you. Liq­uid-to-air cool­ers

“this bru­talised Lambo rolls by, lick­ing out foot-long flames and mak­ing un­holy noises”

Pre­ci­sion 6266 Gen-2 ball-bear­ing mir­ror-im­age tur­bos LD97 LD12 wheels shod in Toyo T1-R tyres

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