Lamborghini Huracan Performante sets Nurburgring record

Ivan Hill
March 4, 2017

1 Lamborghini Huracán Performante: six minutes, 52.01 seconds Although the vehicle is expected to be much lighter and have a more aggressive aerodynamics package, we won't know exactly how the latest Huracán achieved this phenomenal time. Ace test driver Marco Mapelli set a scintillating 6m52s lap time at the German circuit. In recent weeks the company has also set a record for the fastest ever lap of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) Race in Texas as a piloted vehicle and as a driverless auto. It's a result that should have engineers behind the likes of Porsche's 918 and Nissan's GT-R Nismo scratching their heads.

Driver Marco Mapelli hustled the Performante around the North Loop of the famously fierce German racetrack in just 6:52.01, besting the Porsche 918 Spyder by more than five seconds on its way to the production vehicle record.

It was October 5, 2016, when the record was set at the end of the day's open sessions giving the Lamborghini team one attempt at the lap record in the Huracan Performante which was still in its development camouflage.

The Italian supercar maker announced on Thursday (NZT) ahead of the Geneva Motor Show that the new Hurcan Performante scorched the production vehicle lap record in clocking 6 minutes 52.01 seconds.

"This was an incredible and emotional moment", said Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini's chairman and chief executive.

Lamborghini has finally uploaded the onboard video showing the highly anticipated Huracan Performante setting a blistering lap of 6m52.01s at the Nurburgring. Not only did we take the lap record, we took it by some seconds! Holy fuck! Who saw that one coming?

The Mercedes-AMG GT-R It comes in sixth place but, with a time of seven minutes, 10.92 seconds, set in January, it can claim to be the world's fastest rear-wheel-drive auto. Radical's open-topped SR8LM has recorded a 6m48s time, but the Le Mans-inspired roadster can not be registered for road use in many countries including Australia.

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