Rear-wheel drive Huracán sets the pace
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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."