Not a car lacking in visual drama, the Lamborghini Huracan. But this new racing version, the Lamborghini Huracan GT3, turns the extremity up a notch further than 11.
Haven’t I read about a racing version of the Huracan before?
We brought you news of the one-make Super Trofeo car back in August but this car is designed to do rather more than just race against itself.
Built to international GT3 regulations, it will do battle with all kinds of tasty supercar-based opposition in the Blancpain Endurance series throughout 2015. There are five rounds, one of which is the Spa-Francorchamps 24 hours, so that glow-in-the-dark paintjob should come in handy.
Lamborghini Huracan GT3: technical briefing
That wider than wide bodywork (the rear three-quarter photo in our gallery gives a clue as to just how far the wheels have been punched outboard from the road car’s already broad body) is part carbon, part aluminium and envelopes an FIA rollcage. Unusually, there’s a roof hatch which enables medical personnel to tend to a stricken driver more quickly and easily in the – hopefully unlikely – event of a major accident.
The front subframe’s been modified to house a bigger radiator and so has the rear to shift the gearbox position, making way for some of the aero kit.
Ah, yes, the aero. That’s quite some rear wing and diffuser combo, all developed with the aid of Dallara Engineering, including, Lambo says, the direct involvement of Gian Paolo Dallara himself in the project.
Altogether it weighs 1239kg – not bad for a car with a V10 – distributed 42:58 front to rear. Like the Trofeo car, it’s rear-wheel-drive rather than four and it uses a development of the road car’s 5.2-litre V10. Lambo hasn’t disclosed an official power output but north of 600bhp would make sense, even after restrictions to meet parity regulations.
Excluding taxes, 369,000 Euros. So far two cars are signed up for the 2015 series, run by Austrian team Grasser Racing and driven by Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse test drivers Fabio Babini and Adrian Zaugg. You don’t have to have a cool name to be a Lamborghini test driver but it clearly helps.
The Blancpain series kicks off on 11th April 2015 at Monza. A home start for the Huracan, then.
Click here to read CAR's Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 review.