18 November 2020 18:42
Lamborghini has officially unveiled the Huracan STO and judging by its aero prowess and performance figures, this is shaping up to be one of the most track-competent supercars in the world. Let's start with its 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 unit and get the fact that it doesn't produce any more power than it does in the Huracan Evo out of the way. "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," said Lamborghini CTO, Maurizio Reggiani. By looking at its Squadra Corse models for inspiration, the carmaker managed to maximize aerodynamic performance on the Huracan STO, from bumper to bumper.
The new rear fender is derived from the Super Trofeo EVO, serving basically as an engine air intake, allowing for a 30% decrease in static pressure losses. Then there's the shark fin, adjustable rear wing, new front brake cooling ducts and Brembo CCM-R brakes, plus the overall construction, which is 75% carbon fiber. The Huracan STO is thus said to achieve the highest level of downforce in its class with the best aero balance for a rear-wheel drive car – Lamborghini's words, not ours. Lamborghini also added three new driving modes for the ANIMA system in STO, Trofeo and Pioggia. The STO mode is for driving on the road, while Trofeo focuses on giving you all the performance you need for fast lap times.
Before you say this is nothing more than yet another derivative, the STO features a wide array of upgrades that turn the "baby" Lamborghini supercar into the ultimate track-focused weapon while remaining road legal. Add into the mix a rear fin and adjustable spoiler and you end up with an aerodynamic efficiency increase of 37 percent and 53 percent more downforce over the Huracan Performante. Lamborghini has also upgraded the braking system with a Brembo CCM-R carbon-ceramic setup derived from F1 cars to provide far greater thermal conductivity, stress resistance, and stopping power. Specifically for the latest Huracan, Lamborghini is also adding three new driving modes: the road-oriented STO, track-focused Trophy, and the self-explanatory Rain. This launch car is presented in a two-tone finish with Blue Laufey and California Orange, with the theme continuing inside where there are carbon fiber seats with a four-point seatbelt. The latest happens to take plenty of lessons from the race track and it's called the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Omologata, or STO for short. The Huracan STO bowed on Wednesday as the latest Lamborghini sports car to take a massive amount of influence from motorsport. Specifically, Lamborghini's Squadra Corse Super Trofeo EVO race series and the Huracan GT3 EVO. What makes modern race cars really tick are the incredible aerodynamic systems onboard, and the Huracan STO picks up plenty of them. At the rear, a new intake integrated into the rear fender serves as engine air intake and the rear's hood an air scoop to further improve cooling. Keeping with the Performante comparison, the STO is almost 100 pounds lighter than the less aggressive coupe thanks to increased carbon fiber use on the exterior panels, magnesium wheels and a lighter windshield. Bringing all that power to a stop is what Lamborghini calls its CCM-R brake system, which takes cues from Formula One brake system for optimized track performance. Lucky owners will have the ability to fully personalize their Huracan STO with a custom livery and interior, but the car doesn't come cheaply.