ROAD­SIDE EX­CITE­MENT

Hong Kong Tatler - - Cars -

Lam­borgh­ini is us­ing the oc­ca­sion to give cus­tomers and me­dia some time to ex­pe­ri­ence the Hu­racán on the track, where Corsa mode can be en­gaged and the en­gi­neer­ing de­vel­op­ments can be truly high­lighted.

I’m im­pressed by the way the Hu­racán al­lows me to build up con­fi­dence very quickly, push­ing the car ever deeper into the cor­ners, and to try my best at catch­ing the lead car driven by one of Lam­borgh­ini’s rac­ing in­struc­tors. Even ap­proach­ing the lim­its in cor­ner­ing, the Hu­racán re­mains very com­mu­nica­tive, and it doesn’t let you feel you’re be­ing mol­ly­cod­dled by elec­tronic sys­tems. The car adapts very well to the skill and brav­ery of the driver, and it’s with some re­luc­tance that I step out of it.

This year’s Su­per Tro­feo Cup will mark a tran­si­tion for Lam­borgh­ini, with the in­tro­duc­tion of a Hu­racán vari­ant de­vel­oped purely for rac­ing. The Su­per Tro­feo Gal­lardo was geared more to­wards gen­tle­men driv­ers as it was an adap­ta­tion of a road car, rather than specif­i­cally de­vel­oped for the track. Also this year, the four-wheel drive that limited the Gal­lardo from be­ing used in other rac­ing se­ries is gone; the Su­per Tro­feo Hu­racán is two-wheel drive. A few driv­ers and po­ten­tial rac­ers were given the op­por­tu­nity to test the rac­ing Hu­racán on the Sepang track, and all came back beam­ing; it’s sig­nif­i­cantly faster than the Gal­lardo.

The Hu­racán rep­re­sents a turn­ing point for Lam­borgh­ini. Its lat­est model is just as com­fort­able in the city as on the track, while the marque’s rac­ing am­bi­tions are also pro­gress­ing. Con­sid­er­able ef­fort is be­ing put into de­vel­op­ing the Hu­racán as a se­ri­ous chal­lenger not only in Lam­borgh­ini’s own Su­per Tro­feo se­ries, but in other rac­ing tour­na­ments.

Lam­borgh­ini is ma­tur­ing, but it’s lost none of the fire and drive its founder wanted in his cars. It has proved it’s pos­si­ble to com­bine ex­treme per­for­mance with a dis­tinct per­son­al­ity and day-to­day us­abil­ity. Given the suc­cess of its pre­de­ces­sor, the Hu­racán has some big shoes to fill, but if early in­di­ca­tions are any­thing to go by—some 3,000 have al­ready been or­dered—it’s well on its way to fill­ing them.

CHAM­PAGNE FLIES ON THE WIN­NERS’ PODIUM AT THE SU­PER TRO­FEO CUP FI­NALS IN MALAYSIA; SWITCHES IN THE HU­RACÁN’S COCK­PIT

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