Lamborghini Winter Accademia
THE ICE IS 39 inches thick, a slab of frozen water spanning the width of Lake Sacacomie, two hours north of Montreal. The barks of Italian V-10 and V-12 engines rake across the cold as a handful of Lamborghini Huracáns, Huracán Performantes, and Aventadaors sling sideways through the gray.
This is the Lamborghini Winter Accademia, a two-day icedriving program designed to allow participants to explore a handful of high-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Lamborghini models in a low-consequence, low-grip environment. Instructors are all professional drivers, all here to help you coax these machines around a set of courses designed to familiarize drivers with the finesse required to pitch a Lamborghini sideways and keep it there.
This is not standard operating procedure for an allwheel-drive supercar, even one with 602 horsepower like the Huracán LP610-4, but here, where traction is a faint memory, the cars are glad to throw their tails out. The morning starts on a power circle, a massive skidpad with center and sides made of soft, deep snow. The instructor chats amiably as he slings the car around in a series of easy, perfect drifts before handing over the wheel.
Somehow, these cars are made for this. The V-10 behind the seats is a perfect pendulum, easy to swing and catch, and with gentle prodding from the teacher, you learn to hold a slide for one lap, then two, then three. With your nose pointed at the bank in the middle of a slide, more throttle will sling you wide. Less will tidy up your line. It takes some adjustment, but the new skill carries through the rest of the day’s activities, culminating with pushing a Performante around a technical ice course.
The Accademia is part of the company’s Squadra Corse program, a tiered system that allows drivers to go as far as they like down the motorsports rabbit hole, from playing around on world-class racetracks and getting a bit of driving instruction on frozen lakes all the way to the company’s Super Trofeo race series and, eventually, the GT3 race program. The only catch: You have to be one of the company’s car-buying customers to participate. Boo, Lamborghini, booooo. — Zach Bowman