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Rear-wheel drive Hu­racán sets the pace

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2016 Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán LP580-2 2016 As­ton Martin DB9 GT 2016 Porsche Boxster Spy­der 2016 Kia Optima + 5IVE more!

When a car man­u­fac­turer

launches a high­per­for­mance model, they of­ten choose a race track as the stage. This is com­mon. What is un­com­mon is for the man­u­fac­turer to en­cour­age all the par­tic­i­pants to drift said model around the race­track. Yet, this is pre­cisely how Lam­borgh­ini en­cour­aged jour­nal­ists to sam­ple the Hu­racán LP 5802 – from a side­ways per­spec­tive.

Ac­cord­ing to Mau­r­izio Reg­giani, di­rec­tor of R&D for the Ital­ian brand, this is the rea­son why the lat­est su­pers­ports car to join the Lam­borgh­ini fleet and Hu­racán fam­ily specif­i­cally is dif­fer­ent from the orig­i­nal: For the sheer fun of it. “[All-wheel drive] will be, ev­ery time, faster than twowheel drive,” he notes. “But to drift [an all-wheel drive], you must be a very good driver. With this car, ev­ery­thing is done to ar­rive at this con­di­tion [i.e. fully side­ways] with­out be­ing at the limit.”

In other words, the LP 580-2 en­ables driv­ers of, ahem, less than ra­zor-sharp skills to toss the car side­ways with­out toss­ing it into the weeds. The key to this fa­cil­ity comes down to a few key dif­fer­ences be­tween the Hu­racán LP 580-2 and its pre­de­ces­sor, the LP 610-4.

There is, of course, the switch from all-wheel to rear-wheel drive. But the lat­est Hu­racán is also lighter (by 33 kg) and less pow­er­ful (by 30 hp). The LP 580-2 could have ac­com­mo­dated the same horse­power from the 5.2L V10, but this would’ve made the car more of a hand­ful. Weight dis­tri­bu­tion has also shifted slightly; in the new car, 60 per cent of its mass is at the back.

On track at the Lo­sail In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit, th­ese dif­fer­ences com­bined to pro­duce the tar­geted re­sults – namely, long and smoky slides com­ing out of the cor­ners. As our group sent slices of Pirelli rubber off-line at an alarm­ing rate of speed, the Hu­racán stuck to its in­tended path, bend­ing to­wards the apex and ac­com­mo­dat­ing too-early throt­tle in ways the LP 610-4 would never al­low.

On pub­lic roads, at le­gal speeds, on dry pave­ment, the two ver­sions of the Hu­racán would likely seem neg­li­gi­ble – the 610-4 hits 100 km/h in 3.2 sec­onds, for ex­am­ple, while the 580-2 takes just two-tenths longer. But if you like your su­pers­ports cars to be­have like hooli­gans when taken to the near­est closed cir­cuit, the rear-wheel drive it­er­a­tion is just the thing. In fact, it’s so good, you might find your­self ask­ing why Lam­borgh­ini makes all-wheel drive cars in the first place.

"IN OTHER WORDS, THE LP 580-2 EN­ABLES DRIV­ERS OF, AHEM, LESS THAN RA­ZOR-SHARP SKILLS TO TOSS THE CAR SIDE­WAYS WITH­OUT

TOSS­ING IT INTO THE WEEDS."

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