Lightweight Huracán laps the 'Ring in 6:52, which is 5sec faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder and a new production car record

The Lamborghini Huracán Performante has smashed the Nürburgring lap record for production cars, beating the Porsche 918 Spyder's time by 5sec.

Driven by Lamborghini test driver Marco Mapelli, the lightweight V10 coupé clocks a 6min 52.01sec lap around the Green Hell.

Marco Mapelli on his record breaking lap in the Huracán Performante

The video above shows Mapelli hustling the camouflaged model around the 'Ring. The car reaches 188mph, which is 14mph less than Mapelli managed in the Aventador SV on its 'Ring run, but still enough to beat it by 7sec - highlighting the Performante's agility and track focus.

The Performante is due to make its world debut at the Geneva motor show in March. It has been spotted with Becker Carbon stickers, supporting information that it will have ultra-light body panels and will trade metal for carbonfibre in parts of its structure.

Becker Carbon has experience of supplying Formula 1 and Le Mans teams with parts, so its contribution should help the Superleggera significantly undercut the standard Huracán's 1422kg kerb weight.

The bodywork will focus on producing more downforce. Previous test cars for Lambo's lightweight model were spotted with the exterior of a regular Huracán - as shown in older pics in our gallery - but later development cars flaunt large, fixed rear wings, different intakes and a new, less-restrictive twin-exit exhaust system in a raised position, like the Huracán GT3 racer.

The car's mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 engine is expected to have new fuel injection technology that mixes multi-point injection with stratified injection, as first used on the limited-run Huracán Avio, to produce modest gains over the standard car, which produces 601bhp and 413lb ft.

This will help the four-wheel-drive Huracán Superleggera trim down the regular car's 3.2sec 0-62mph sprint time and possibly extend its 202mph top speed as well.

Rivals such as Audi’s R8 V10 Plus are offering increasingly advanced competition for the Huracán - the R8’s 5.2-litre V10 engine produces the same power output as the standard Huracán, but the Audi has a higher top speed of 205mph.

McLaren’s 675LT, meanwhile, produces 666bhp from its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, while the Ferrari 488 GTB gets 662bhp from its twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8.

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21 July 2016
A car like this, probably only attainable in the dreams of many unless you have a good car finance plan worked out. Even so, the monthly payments would probably have to be in the thousands before you can even smell the exhaust of a Lamborghini much less a new release!

12 October 2016
Is there a video of the drag race between, an audi R8, 650s, huracan and the 488?

12 October 2016
Is there a video of the drag race between, an audi R8, 650s, huracan and the 488?

31 October 2016
Patents are for inventions.

I assume you are referring to a trade mark which was probably filed at OHIM, it has nothing to do with the EPO. Lovely car though!

11 January 2017
Not really good bang for the buck when instrumented tests of the RS7, CLS63S,TTRS,and new 991-2, Quadrofoglio are all 3.4 or less.

Madmac

11 January 2017
+ the new E63S is likely to be 3.0 or even less.

Madmac

11 January 2017
OOPS I stand corrected, my figures were 60 mph so these cheap cars are a lot slower than the real thing-that being the C&D instrumented test of the Huracan 0-60mph 2.5, 0-100mph 5.7, 1/4 mile in 10.4,truly outstanding.

Madmac

11 January 2017
To seeing one spinning off the road in an online video, t-boning the barrier and spinning round in a cloud of dust after the owner mistakenly believed all that power was backed up by grip, during a run of the mill overtaking manoeuvre on a highway somewhere in the world. Same goes for Corvettes and Ferraris. See YouTube for references.

11 January 2017
It still staggers me that some journalists find the Huracan bland, which has also included Autocar! Sure, it's styling was probably no surprise following on from the Aventador and the fact it was the Gallardo's replacement, but the end result is still sensational and jaw dropping. As much as I like the styling of the 650S, it's someway short of the Lambo (and the 488 too).

2 March 2017
[quote=Roadster]It still staggers me that some journalists find the Huracan bland, which has also included Autocar! Sure, it's styling was probably no surprise following on from the Aventador and the fact it was the Gallardo's replacement, but the end result is still sensational and jaw dropping. As much as I like the styling of the 650S, it's someway short of the Lambo (and the 488 too).[/quote] A Huracan would be the first car on my drive if I ever had a financial windfall. The others (particularly the McLaren) do nothing for me.

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