Driving the Track-Only Lamborghini Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo
Though the Lamborghini Huracán was already engineered from the ground up for race duty, the Lamborghini Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo represents the purest track-ready expression of the Italian automaker’s supercar.
Boasting 602 hp and a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.2 seconds, the standard Huracán is an already potent offering, delivering astounding acceleration and capable handling. But when developed by the racecar manufacturer Dallara and built along a special assembly line at Lamborghini’s plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, the street version is transformed into a dramatically different animal. With all-wheel drive traded for rear-wheel drive, the installation of a sequential 6-speed gearbox from Xtrac, dedicated Öhlins suspension hardware, and a weight reduction of over 300 pounds, the race version bears little mechanical resemblance to its road-going predecessor. Add lightweight, easily removable body panels replete with inlets, venting, and ground effects, and you get a bona fide race car ready to compete in Lamborghini’s one-make Super Trofeo series for an entry fee of $45,000.
Driving the $325,000 LP620-2 Super Trofeo at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia revealed a dramatic departure of character from the street-legal Huracán. The car’s relatively luxurious interior has been gutted and fitted with a roll cage and Plexiglas windows, while the normally accommodating leather seats are now hard, snug-fitting racing seats.
Launching the Super Trofeo takes a bit of practice: It requires the driver to hold the white Neutral button on the steering wheel while tapping the left paddle shifter, then slowly let out the foot clutch while feeding the throttle. Once in motion, shifts are executed startlingly fast solely by tapping the shifter paddles.
There is an inherent sense of excitement when driving a racecar, and this Lamborghini accentuates the experience with its soulful, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10, razor-sharp suspension, and rough-edged personality. With all hints of pretense removed, this Huracán’s sole intent is to move through space extremely quickly—a task it accomplishes with aplomb. The car’s hydraulically assisted steering system (which replaces the stock car’s electromechanical setup) feels lively and responsive. Though loss of grip at lower speeds seems to reveal the limits of mechanical grip, higher-speed cornering makes the car’s massive amount of downforce readily apparent.
By making the Huracán a more purebred race machine, Lamborghini hopes to appeal to amateur racers interested in honing their skills and perhaps stepping up to the brand’s second factory racecar, the Huracán GT3. Even more crucially, the Super Trofeo provides a glimpse of the race-focused improvements that may someday trickle down to Lamborghini’s street cars. (lamborghini.com)