Have you ever wondered how two cars can go faster than one? The concept of drafting at high speeds is taking advantage of aerodynamics. Any moving object creates a low-pressure area behind it. The faster you go, the more your car is held back by the hole it punches through the air. So why not force air into this void? Lamborghini has shocked the world with an ingenious and simple solution. By taking air from high-pressure areas and sending up into a hollow rear spoiler, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante takes air that would normally hold the car back and injects it into the void.
The system is named ALA for the Italian translation of Active Lamborghini Aerodynamics, and it was quickly patented. This is a real game-changer, and Ford uses a similar concept in the hollow taillights and the flying buttresses of the Ford GT. While Ford’s system is passive, the Huracan Performante controls how much air is sent into the slipstream left to right also. When cornering at high speeds, there is a bias between the air emitted left to right. This holds the car to the ground and allows for clean rotation through the curve.
But Lamborghini didn’t just apply this system at the tail. Behind the front bumper are variable, and that ration how much air goes over or under the spoiler. Wild aerodynamic systems like this were banned by most racing classes long ago, so we’re glad Lamborghini chose to revive them for us to enjoy. Thanks to the increased downforce, the suspension is 10% stiffer. But don’t let that scare you, they are still the same magnetic shocks that offer a comfortable ride on the street (Strada Mode).
Compared to an LP640-4 Huracan Coupe, the Performante is 88 lbs lighter thanks to forged aluminum and carbon fiber. The big V10 offers 631 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. It will spend all day at 8,000 rpm, so get your helmet ready for the next track day. It lapped the ‘Ring in 6.52.01, making it the fastest production car for a few weeks. Their cousins at Porsche used a home-field advantage to run 6.47 in the 911 GT2 RS.
But at these power levels, who cares about 5 seconds? When the steering wheel is aimed dead ahead, your Performante instantly retracts the ALA system into low-drag mode and you accelerate like an ACME rocket. That is why you deserve one for yourself. The factory has been running 3 shifts to meet demand, so here is the Huracan Performante in 5 stunning colors. Our dealers are always ready to help you, so check these out, and we’ll take care of selling your old car.
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