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The New 2021 Lamborghini Huracán STO Unveiled

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Lamborghini’s new Huracán STO is the street legal culmination of the Squadra Corse’s Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and GT3 EVO racing cars.
The new Lamborghini Huracán STO. Credit: Lamborghini
The new Lamborghini Huracán STO. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini has unveiled their newest supercar: the Huracán STO “Super Trofeo Omologata”. It is the road-homologated super sports car born out of the collaboration between Lamborghini’s R&D, Squadra Corse, and Centro Stile departments.

Designed as a road car with track performance, the new rear-wheel-drive Huracán STO is the street-legal combination of both the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and the three-time 24 Hours of Daytona/two-time 12 Hours of Sebring champion winning Huracán GT3 EVO.

Designed as a road-car with track performance. Credit: Lamborghini
Designed as a road-car with track performance. Credit: Lamborghini

With track racing performance DNA in its bones, the Huracán STO has been stripped of unnecessary features and with a 75% carbon fiber body weighs 95lbs (43kg) less than the Performante, offering 53% more downforce to deliver a track experience in every day driving.

Lighter than the Performante with 53% more downforce. Credit: Lamborghini
Lighter than the Performante with 53% more downforce. Credit: Lamborghini

At the heart of the Lamborghini Huracán STO is the same naturally aspirated V10 engine as shared by the Huracán EVO and Super Trofeo, offering 640hp and 565 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm and the ability to reach 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3 seconds and boast a top speed of 193mph (310km/h).

“The Huracán STO is the purest incarnation of Lamborghini Squadra Corse heritage, directly transferring technologies from the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and drawing on the Huracán GT3 EVO’s unique accomplishment of winning three consecutive times in the Daytona 24 hours,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO, Stefano Domenicali.

Inspired by the champion winning Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and Huracán GT3 EVO. Credit: Lamborghini
Inspired by the champion winning Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and Huracán GT3 EVO. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani also shared his thoughts, saying, “The Huracán STO delivers all the excitement of a beautifully balanced, lightweight and aerodynamically superior super sports car, mirroring the driving feeling and exhilaration of Super Trofeo, and perfectly set up for the world’s most demanding tracks but created for the road. The extensive technical solutions and intelligence gained from both our Super Trofeo and GT3 programs has been refined and embodied in the Huracán STO, allowing the pilot to experience the emotions of a racing driver, daily, in a road-legal Lamborghini super sports car able to take lap records.”

Lamborghini Huracán STO Exterior Design

The Lamborghini Huracán STO’s exterior design has also been completely revised to optimize airflow and increase aerodynamic efficiencies as demanded in motorsports. It borrows heavily from the aerodynamic solutions deployed by Squadra Corse race cars, including the following features:

Lamborghini Huracan STO Super Trofeo Omologata Frong Side View Garage
Cofango with air ducts, front splitter, and louvers

Like the Lamborghini Miura before it, the Huracán STO sees the return of the “cofango” – a design element that sees the front bonnet, fenders, and the front bumper built out of one single component.

The carbon fiber clamshell cofango design. Credit: Lamborghini
The carbon fiber clamshell cofango design. Credit: Lamborghini

Combining the words’ cofano’ (hood) and ‘parafango’ (fender), the “cofango” design is not only lightweight but also a timesaving access feature when it comes to motorsports.

New airducts on the front bonnet help increase airflow and generate downforce. Credit: Lamborghini
New air ducts on the front bonnet help increase airflow and generate downforce. Credit: Lamborghini

The addition of new air ducts on the front bonnet also helps increase the airflow through the central radiator, improving engine cooling and helping generate downforce. The cofango also incorporates a new front splitter, directing airflow to the car’s newly designed underbody and the rear diffuser.

Rear fender with NACA air intake

An element taken from the Super Trofeo EVO that makes its appearance on the Huracán STO is the rear fender with NACA air intake, which reduces drag and increases rear downforce.

New rear fender with NACA air intake to help reduce drag and increase rear downforce. Credit: Lamborghini
New rear fender with NACA air intake to help reduce drag and increase rear downforce. Credit: Lamborghini
Rear engine bonnet with air scoop

The Huracán STO’s revised rear hood design also sees an integrated air scoop to improve air-cooling at the rear underhood. Dedicated air deflectors, integrated in the rear bonnet’s frame, manage the significant incoming airflow from the snorkel according to the temperature regulation needs of the engine and exhaust outlet.

Air-scoop has been added to improve air-cooling at the rear underhood. Credit: Lamborghini
Air-scoop has been added to improve air-cooling at the rear underhood. Credit: Lamborghini
Shark fin

An integrated ‘shark fin’ on the rear bonnet improves the Huracán STO’s ability to corner and regulate airflow onto the rear wing, increasing wing efficiency when cornering.

The Huracán STO features a shark fin over the engine bay. Credit: Lamborghini
The Huracán STO features a shark fin over the engine bay. Credit: Lamborghini
Adjustable rear wing

A new single slotted wing with a double airfoil allows the front part of the airfoil to rotate into three positions to enhance rear downforce. The aero balance of the car can thus fluctuate by 13%, adapting the STO to different driving styles and conditions as demanded by the driver.

Large adjustable rear wing adapts to different driving styles and conditions. Credit: Lamborghini
Large adjustable rear wing adapts to different driving styles and conditions. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Huracán STO Driving Modes

Another change to the Huracán STO is the three new driving modes found on the steering wheel buttons. Instead of the familiar “Strada (street), Sport or Corsa modes, drivers will now have the option of the new “STO,” Trofeo and Piogga modes.

New Lamborghini driving modes: "STO," Trofeo and Piogga. Credit: Lamborghini
New Lamborghini driving modes: “STO,” Trofeo and Piogga. Credit: Lamborghini
STO Driving Mode

The default STO mode is for road driving and fun on curving roads. Every aspect of the Lamborghini Veicolo Dinamica Integrata (LDVI) vehicle dynamics system is optimized for all road conditions and coupled with a road-oriented suspension setting. The fully active ESC can be switched off for maximum driving fun while still supporting the driver.

The Lamborghini Huracán STO's default driving mode is STO. Credit: Lamborghini
The Lamborghini Huracán STO’s default driving mode is STO. Credit: Lamborghini
Trofeo Driving Mode

In Trofeo mode, all systems are optimized for dry asphalt and the fastest lap times on the track. The LDVI assures maximum performance through dedicated torque vectoring and performance traction control strategies for both straight sprints, in ESC ON mode, as well as for lap timing, in ESC OFF. The new Brake Temperature Monitoring (BTM) estimation algorithm allows the driver to continually check the braking system’s temperature and manage the system’s wear during its life cycle.

Piogga Driving Mode

Pioggia (rain) mode optimizes traction control, torque vectoring, rear-wheel steering, and the ABS on wet asphalt. Traction control and the braking system are calibrated to minimize loss of grip and engine torque cut, with the LDVI system employing precise estimation to deliver only the torque needed in wet situations. The torque-vectoring reflects the low adhesion conditions and ensures better cornering, while the suspension is calibrated to maximize grip and improve load transfer.

Lamborghini Huracan STO Interior

Lamborghini has announced deliveries for the Huracán STO will begin spring 2021 with prices starting from USD 327,838 / EUR 249,412 / GBP 216,677.

Lamborghini Huracan STO Aerial View

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Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Inspired by Time & the Universe

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The Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection is inspired by the universe’s infinite reach and is limited to 20 vehicles worldwide.
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The new limited edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The new Rolls-Royce Phantom “Tempus” is limited to 20 vehicles and is inspired by the concept of time and the infinite universe, with a special focus on a rare astronomical phenomenon known as a “pulsar.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Side View
New “Kairos Blue” paint with mica flakes to represent the night sky. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Unknown and undiscovered until 1967, pulsars are found in the deepest reaches of space (the closest is still 1,680 trillion miles from Earth) and are dense, white-hot stars that emit electromagnetic radiation in regular pulses – making them some of the most accurate clocks in the universe.

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Only 20 editions will be made. Credit: Rolls-Royce

In the Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, the pulsar features as a hand-painted and embroidered artwork across the Starlight Headliner, complete with twinkling fiber-optic lights to reflect the white-hot stars.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Headliner
Starlight Headliner with hand-painted/embroidered Pulsar night sky design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Another design element made to represent time is the “Frozen Flow of Time” gallery – a unique artwork built into the dashboard fascia and made of a single billet of aluminum milled to form 100 individual columns, representing the 100-million years it takes for a rotational spin of a pulsar star.

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The Frozen Flow of Time gallery artwork. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has also deliberately removed the clock from this edition in the hope that from within the space they have created, “the outside world and all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Side Rear View
A place with where time does not exist. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“The events of the past year have caused many people, not least our clients, to re-evaluate their sense of, and relationship with time. At a moment in history when so much in life seems ephemeral, our patrons are seeking solace in the unique timelessness, longevity and permanence offered by a Rolls-Royce motor car,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Side Door Detail
Starry light design across the door panels. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“As we all know, time never stands still, waits for no one. Hence, we manage it, guard it, account for it, weigh and measure it to its smallest fraction. With Phantom Tempus, we have created a space in which those structures no longer apply – as illustrated by the deliberate absence of a clock. Rolls-Royce clients are not bound by time; the outside world with all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Interior
The Rolls-Royce clock has been deliberately left out of the design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

For the exterior of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, a new bespoke paint color known as “Kairos Blue” has been created especially for this model and includes mica flakes to make a slight sparkling effect that mimics the stars of the night sky.

Owners can also choose to personalize their vehicles one step further with a unique engraving on the Spirit of Ecstasy, choosing to remember a special date and location of significance to the client, a marriage, or a birthday.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Console

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Gunther Werks Unveils Porsche 993 Speedster Remastered Edition

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Californian-based Gunther Werks has unveiled the open-top edition of its Porsche 993 Speedster Remastered built on the 400R platform.
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The new Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Remastered Edition. Credit: Gunther Werks

Californian-based Gunther Werks are known for some of the world’s most refined 993 air-cooled restomod’s and have now turned their attention to the open-top 993 Speedster Remastered Edition.

Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Rear Side Right
Only 25 Speedster models will be built. Credit: Gunther Werks

To create the open-top version of their coupe design, Gunther Werks removed the rear seat and, in doing so, had to significantly re-design and stiffen the 993 chassis with a new roll cage and roll hoop system to mitigate common side effects often associated with the removal of vehicle roofs. Now in place of the rear seats is a new carbon-fiber top Speedster top and tonneau cover.

Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Side View
Rear seats removed and replaced with a new carbon-fiber top. Credit: Gunther Werks

Some of the extensive exterior modifications of the 993 Speedster include a lower rake glass windscreen (which owners can opt to remove entirely, much like the McLaren Elva or Ferrari Monza SP1/SP2), billet aluminum side view mirrors, additional carbon fiber aerodynamic elements and a revised ducktail spoiler with ram air scoop.

Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Front Side Ride Aerial
New lightweight bonnet design. Credit: Gunther Werks

Under the hood, performance upgrades include revised suspension to improve handling, and a remapped 4.0 liter flat-six engine rebuilt by Rothsport Racing to slightly boost the 435 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque already achieved in the Remastered coupe edition.

New roll-cage and roll hoop system have been implemented to strengthen the chassis. Credit: Gunther Werks
New roll-cage and roll hoop system have been implemented to strengthen the chassis. Credit: Gunther Werks

Owners will also have the option to upgrade to 5 spoke Fuch wheels with center locking mechanisms if several of the forged Gunther Werks wheel options don’t already catch their eye.

Production expected to begin 2022. Credit: Gunther Werks
Production expected to begin 2022. Credit: Gunther Werks

Gunther Werks will only be producing 25 models of the 993 Speedster Remastered editions to match production of 25 coupe models already underway and is expected to begin production in 2022.

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Netflix Drive To Survive: Season 3 Premiers This March

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Netflix has announced the popular Formula 1 series Drive to Survive will return with Season 3 premiering on March 19 this year.
Netflix Drive To Survive Season Formula 1

With the COVID-19 pandemic throwing a curveball on last year’s Formula 1 season, it was anyone’s guess whether racing, let alone filming of the next installment of the popular Netflix Drive To Survive series, would even go-ahead last year.

The excellent news for race-fans is that production company Box-to-Box Films and Netflix have both confirmed Drive To Survive will be returning to Netflix for Season 3, covering all the behind-the-scenes action and drama of the race season as it unfolds amongst a worldwide pandemic.

Netflix Drive To Survive Drivers

Most likely beginning with the last-minute cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, it will be interesting to watch the driver’s and team’s reactions and responses as they navigate the best way to move forward through the “unprecedented” events caused by COVID-19.

Of course, other things we all want to know is what’s the latest with Guenther Steiner? What happened behind-closed-doors to see Carlos Sainz Jr take Sebastian Vettel’s spot at Ferrari? And how did Daniel Ricciardo end up at McLaren?

An additional video shared by Formula 1 broadcast journalist and reporter Will Buxton explains how you may have already spotted the Netflix film team throughout the season and explains some of the gear used to shoot the documentary and how they managed filming in the F1 paddock under Covid-19 restrictions.

Season 3 of Netflix’s Drive To Survive is set to premiere March 19 this year, and if it’s anything like last season, will drop all episodes at once for your binge-watching enjoyment.

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