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Lamborghini Huracán Performante Review: The Huracán…Except Better

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You could be forgiven for thinking that this Huracan Performante review is simply the next generation Huracan with a few extra bells and whistles. Why? Because that’s what we naively did before driving this ourselves.

Turns out it’s actually MUCH more than that. Lamborghini were keen to push the Huracán to its limits on the track but still have it perform as a road car, so they’ve worked hard to overhaul the standard Huracán dramatically and created the Huracán Performante .

Here’s what we found…

3 Days Earlier

We first laid eyes on the Huracán Performante at a special car event a few weeks earlier. It had been overcast at the time but this time the sunshine was out in full force and the Ad Personam Rossa Bia Glitter paint was glistening from every angle thanks to all 7 layers of the specialty glitter paint (an optional extra at $27,500). At first glance, it’s very similar in appearance to the Huracán, sharing the same design facets of the “spiky hexaganol form of the carbon atom” as Lamborghini describes it, but the marble/camouflage look of the forged carbon on the front splitter and the rear wing is the give-away between the standard Huracán and the Performante.

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Performance

Being the baby bull with its V10 engine, it sits slightly smaller on the road than the Aventador’s, but here’s where it gets fun – this is Lamborghini’s fastest production car to date.

This was proven on at Nurburgring Nordschleife track when it covered the 20.6km (12.8 miles) track in 6:52:01, beating the Porsche 918 spyder with its 2 electric motors and smashing the record set by the Aventador SV by 7 seconds.

Then when you discover it beat the standard Huracán around the track by 36 seconds, you really start to understand there have been some serious changes made.

SO, HOW DID THEY DO THIS??

This was the question we wanted to find out ourselves. Turns out there are three ingredients that have gone into the baking of this Performante speed cake as we’ll call it.

Body & Engine

The first one is the body & engine itself which has been completely re-engineered. The naturally aspirated V10 engine with its Audi DNA has been ref-fitted with titanium valves and has a higher torque and power output of 640 horsepower. The suspension has been stiffened and improved, the exhaust system is lighter and they’ve also fine-tuned the double-clutch transmission (while one gear is engaged, the next one has already been selected and when driving it feels like gear shift happens instantaneously).

Carbon Fiber Forged Composites®

Secondly, Lamborghini have used the marble looking carbon fiber extensively throughout the Performante. This material is a patented forged carbon fiber created by Lamborghini known as “Forged Composites®” and is a much lighter & stronger material made of chopped up carbon fibers, forged in resin, which shaves 40 kilograms (90 pounds) off the weight of the standard Huracán.

ALA – Active Aerodynamic System

And last but probably most importantly, Lamborghini have introduced the active aerodynamic system known as “ALA” which stands for “Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva” and is 80% lighter than a traditional hydraulic system.

This clever system completely integrates into the design of the car and actively manages the aerodynamics of the Performante whilst driving. When necessary, it can increase the vertical load to assist stability and speed through curves or reduces aerodynamic resistance to assist acceleration. It does all of this by channeling air through the front spoiler and rear wing

To better explain – part of the ALA system is built into the front spoiler which has electric motors with active flaps that allows air to flow through. When the ALA is off, the flaps inside the front spoiler are closed which generates high down force for high speed cornering and full braking.

When the ALA is active, the front flaps are opened, allowing the air to flow through an inner channel and the underside of the car, reducing the air pressure on the front spoiler and drag. This is best for maximum acceleration.

Not to mention, all of this is done within 500 milliseconds.

Meanwhile at the back, the rear of the Huracán is designed around the four air ducts. Two of the air ducts are permanently open and channel air for ventilation and exhaust cooling while the other two ducts are directed into to the hollow wing and struts.

When the ALA system is turned off, the rear flaps are closed on the wing which makes it act like a traditional fixed wing, giving maximum stability in high speed cornering (the difference between the Huracán coupe and the Huracán Performante is a huge 750% added downforce!!).

When the ALA system is turned on though, the rear flaps open and direct air under the rear wing which minimises drag on the car and allows for maximum acceleration.

The ALA system comes into a league of its own especially when cornering as the active system splits the flow of air into the left and right sides of the wing, depending on which side of the car requires increased downforce and traction

On top of all that, the rear wing also splits the flow of air into left and right sides so that the ALA system can improve dynamic stability by actively directing air to increase downforce on the inner wheel when cornering.

Very clever.

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Inside

Inside the car, the forged carbon carries over and we notice that this Performante has come with the track bucket seats. There is the option for the comfort seats though if you plan on using it for daily driving and after 3 days driving on public roads with the the track seats you can start to understand why. While fun to really feel every movement of the car, if you plan on using this car any longer than an hour a day you’ll need the softer seats so you don’t feel like you’ve been pummeled in the back by an overly eager Swedish masseuse.

Driving Modes

In the Huracán Performante you’ll still find the standard Lamborghini driving modes to choose from when driving: Strada, Sport & Corsa.

In Strada mode, traction and stability have been prioritized while Sport mode favours more rear-wheel drive allowing for oversteer and drifting.

As always, Corsa is the mode best for track performance and in the Performante you’ll notice that when you’re in Corsa mode that the instrument panel switches to “race car mode” and you can see the tachometer and gear indicator.

Quick tip: Hold down the button on the left hand of the steering wheel for 5 seconds and the ALA system appears on the instrument panel in front of you and then switches to the panel in between the driver and passenger seat so you can see the ALA system in real time while you’re driving, showing data on the downforce and drag.

There is also the optional extras like CarPlay which lets you pair your iPhone so you can see the apps on the instrument panel and the Lamborghini Telemetry System which records your driving performance in real time.

Wheels

Another difference between the two models is the wheels. Where the Huracán uses standard Pirelli P Zero tyres, the Performante sits on bronze 20″ Narvi forged rims and come with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres especially designed for road and track use. If you are REALLY serious about racing though you’ll want to take the option of the stickier high performance Pirelli Trofeo R track tyres.

Lamborghini Huracán Performante Fast Facts

  • Vehicle type: Two-door/ two-passenger super sports car
  • Base price: $US274,390 (in Australia $483,866 + $97,760 for optional extras featured on this particular car + $50,954 on-road costs = AU$626,014)
  • Max speed: 325 km/h (201 mph)
  • Acceleration: 0-100km/h 62 mph in 2.9 sec
  • Engine: V10, 5.2 litre,naturally aspirated engine
  • Transmission: 7 speed dual-clutch automatic, 4 wheel-drive
  • Horsepower: 640HP
  • Torque: 442 pound-feet

Highs

– The incredible technology of the “ALA” system and the glued-to-the-road driving experience you get when pushing the Performante hard.

– The confidence you feel when taking corners.

– It’s fast. Very fast.

– Explaining how the technology of the ALA system works to an elderly gentleman who was fascinated by it and then have him come back 5 minutes later with his wife and hear him explain it to her in great detail all over again.

Lows

– Racing seats were firm and while best for track, not advised for long periods of every day driving.

  • Had a few observers note that at a quick glance, the forged composites on the rear wing and can appear “dusty” and look like it needs cleaning until you look closer and realise its actually the design of the forged carbon material! Not exactly a “low” but something you’ll want to see in person yourself to see what we mean.
  • With great power…comes a slightly higher cost (worth it in our opinion though).

– Having to hand it back.

Watch What It’s Like To Drive

It’s all well and good to write down what the experience was like, but we like to take it one step further….watch for yourself what it was like to spend a couple of days driving the Huracán Performante!

Special thanks to Lamborghini Brisbane .

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Rare 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC for sale

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1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale

This gorgeous 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe that underwent a 10 year reconstruction🛠 is up for sale at € 2.4M and currently owned by @zore.smd (Instagram).

The Type 57S/SC is one of the best-known Bugatti cars. The “S” stood for “surbaissé” (“lowered”). It included a v-shaped dip at the bottom of the radiator and mesh grilles on either side of the engine compartment.

1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
€2.4M 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale.

Lowering the car was a major undertaking. The rear axle now passed through the rear frame rather than riding under it, and a dry-sump lubrication system was required to fit the engine under the new low hood.

Just two supercharged cars were originally built but many were returned to the factory in Molsheim for the installation of a supercharger.

1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
Engine detail of a 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale

A rediscovered Type 57 sold for €3.4 million euros at auction on 7 February 2009 at a motor show in Paris.

This stunning example is in fact a reconstruction of the original Gangloff Coupe built according to the original sketches on a Type 101 chassis and powered by an engine from a Type 57 Atlante, all Bugatti and worth a pretty penny. 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️

Bugatti Type 57 Gangloff Coupé Fast Facts
Year 1938
Engine 3257cc
Registration Number: JAS 784
Chassis Number: 57524
Kilometers: 30,000
Color: Night Blue

DM @zore.smd on Instagram or email him at Mourad68.daoudi{at}gmail.com for interest in owning this incredible Bugatti!

1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale

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First ever V12 Ferrari with a retractable hardtop.

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2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Rear top view

The new 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS is the spider version of the Ferrari 812 Superfast, from which it takes both its specifications and performance.

Firsts

Not only is the new 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Spider the first ever V12 Ferrari with a retractable hardtop, Ferrai claims it is also the first ‘production series’ front mount V12 convertible since the classic Ferrari 365 GTS4 Daytona’s of 1969. This all assumes you do not count the 448 examples of the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina produced in 2000, the 559 examples of the Superamerica in 2005 or the 80 examples of the SA Aperta in 2010 as production series.

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Ferrari’s first V12 with a retractable hardtop. Credit: Ferrari

Ferrari’s V12 spider history

The Ferrari V12 spider history features some iconic models which began in 1948 with the 166 MM, a competition GT that won the two most prestigious endurance races in the world in 1949: the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The last in that long lineage was the 1969 365 GTS4, also known as the Daytona Spider because of Ferrari’s legendary victory in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona when two works 330 P4s and the NART-entered 412 P took the chequered flag side by side to occupy the top three places.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Interior Dashboard Steering Wheel
2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Interior showing the dashboard and steering wheel. Credit: Ferrari

Retractable hardtop features

The retractable hard top opens in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45 km/h and does not impede upon the interior dimensions, maintaining the same cabin space as the 812 Superfast. The rear electric screen acts as a wind breaker making the car comfortable with the top down. With the roof closed, the rear electric screen can be left open so occupants can still enjoy the naturally aspirated V12’s sound.

There was huge focus on minimising both turbulence inside the cabin and aerodynamic noise to ensure occupants could converse undisturbed even at high speeds. As with the LaFerrari Aperta, two small L-shaped flaps on the upper corners of the windscreen generate a coherent concentrated vortex that creates outwash in the velocity field immediately above the rear screen, thereby avoiding excess pressure behind the occupants’ heads.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Front top view
The 812 GTS features a retractable rear screen behind the seats. Credit: Ferrari

Exterior and aerodynamics

Aerodynamically, the 812 GTS posed two main challenges for the Ferrari designers. How to guarantee the same performance as the 812 coupé version with the top up and, at the same time, ensure maximum passenger comfort with the roof down.

In terms of aerodynamic performance, the retractable hard top and its stowage compartment, required that the rear of the car be modified. Thanks to meticulous re-sculpting of the tonneau cover surfaces and, most importantly, the integration of a triplane wing into rear diffuser to create efficient suction (and thus downforce) from the underbody, the aerodynamic engineers were able to compensate for the downforce lost by the removal of the 812 Superfast’s rear wheelarch bypass duct, (the air intake of which was behind the quarterlight on the 812 Superfast).

Drag, on the other hand, was cut by using the air vents on top of the rear flank to efficiently channel excess pressure build up out of the wheel well.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Rear 3-4
The 812 GTS’s retractable hard top required that the rear of the car be modified. Credit: Ferrari

Engine and performance

The 812 GTS is the spider version of the 812 Superfast, from which it takes both its specifications and performance, most notably the V12 engine which, thanks to its ability to unleash a massive 800 cv at 8500 rpm, is the most powerful engine in its class! 718 Nm of torque guarantees impressive acceleration virtually on a par with that of the 812 Superfast while the 8900 rpm rev limit means that sporty driving is undiminished.

As on the 812 Superfast, these performance levels were achieved in part by optimising the engine design and in part by innovations, such as the use of a 350 bar direct injection system, and the control system for the variable geometry inlet tracts, developed on naturally-aspirated F1 engines. These systems allowed the increase in displacement from 6.2 to 6.5 litres to be exploited to maximise power output whilst retaining excellent pick up even at low revs.

Overall, performance levels are very close to those of the 812 Superfast, with 0-100 km/h acceleration still under 3 seconds and 0-200 km/h in just 8,3 seconds. The Ferrari 812 GTS’s maximum speed is the same as the berlinetta’s at 340 km/h.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Left Side
0-100kph in under 3 seconds, Ferrari 812 GTS. Credit: Ferrari

Exhaust changes for the convertable

Due to the open air nature of the 812 GTS drivers are more able to hear the V12’s characteristics and so the geometry of the exhaust system was evolved to increase and balance the sound from the engine and tailpipes. Exhaust-wise prevalence was given to combustion order harmonics by modifying the geometry of the centre extension pipes. All the pipes in the 6-in-1 exhaust manifold to the monolithic catalytic converter are of equal-length and this optimises the sound by giving predominance to the first order combustion harmonics.

Ferrari 812 GTS Price

Sale date and price are yet to be announced however the price is expected to start northwards of US$335,275.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Interior Seats
2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Interior Seats. Credit: Ferrari
2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Rear top view
The 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS. Credit: Ferrari

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Porsche increases ownership stake in Rimac Automobili

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Porsche AG strengthens it’s relationship with Rimac Automobili.

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The Rimac C TWO all electric supercar. Photo: Rimac Automobili

Porsche has increased its stake in technology and sports car company Rimac Automobili from it’s June 2018 investment of 10 percent to 15.5 percent. This is a clear signal that Porsche is now strengthening a well established partnership. Rimac develops and produces electromobility components and also produces electrically powered super sports cars in-house. Porsche initiated the development partnership with Rimac against the backdrop of its electric mobility campaign.

Rimac Founder, Mate Rimac (31), started developing his vision of a fast, electrically powered sports car in a garage in 2009. Rimac unveiled his most recent electric car, the C Two, at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2018. The two seater vehicle generates almost 2,000 PS and reaches a top speed of 412 kilometres per hour. It boasts a range of 650 kilometres (NEDC) and can recharge 80 percent of its full battery capacity within half an hour thanks to a 250 kW fast charging system.

Rimac is a rapidly growing company based in Zagreb, Croatia, and employs a workforce of around 550 people. Rimac focuses on battery technology within the high-voltage segment, high performance electric powertrains and developing digital interfaces between humans and machines (HMI). The company also develops and produces electric bikes. This strand of the business was established in 2013 in the form of the sister company Greyp Bikes.

Rimac C TWO
The Rimac C TWO all electric supercar. Photo: Rimac Automobili

What Porsche says:

“Porsche has been supporting Rimac and its positive development for a year now,” explains Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG and Member of the Executive Board responsible for Finance and IT. “We quickly realised that Porsche and Rimac can learn a lot from each other. We believe in what Mate Rimac and his company have to offer, which is why we have now increased our stake and intend to intensify our collaboration in the field of battery technology.”

What Rimac says:

“Gaining Porsche as a stakeholder was one of the most important milestones in our history. The fact that Porsche is now increasing its stake is the best form of confirmation for our collaboration and represents the foundation for an even closer relationship,” Managing Director Mate Rimac explains. “We are only at the start of our partnership – yet we have already met our high expectations. We have many collaborative ideas that we aim to bring to life in the future. The fundamental focus is creating a win-win situation for both partners and offering our end customers added value by developing exciting, electrified models.”

Potrait of Mate Rimac
Rimac Founder, Mate Rimac. Photo: Rimac Automobili

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