When Lamborghini clocked a stunning 6min 59sec lap time with the Aventador SV a little while ago, we were genuinely astonished. It was just under three seconds behind the much more complicated, much more expensive Porsche 918 Spyder, and it was great to see something of the Aventador on YouTube that wasn’t just rich dudes revving the nuts off their cars in Nightsbridge.
Now though, Lamborghini has gone one better: the new Huracan Performante has beaten the 918 by five seconds, bagging the Nurburgring production car lap record in the process.
Behind the wheel was Marco Mapelli - the same test driver who clocked the 6:59 in the Aventador SV. He was given just a 15 minute window of closed track time on 5 October 2016, allowing for just one attempt, which yielded a 6:52.01 lap. Fastest ‘road car’ honours still go to the Radical SR8 LM with the 6:48 it set back in 2009, but since that machine is essentially a racing car with number plates, you can’t really consider it a production car.
Lamborghini still hasn’t divulged much about the Performante other than its staggering ‘Ring lap time - we’ll have to wait until its Geneva debut next week for full details. Expect it to have lost a fair bit of weight compared to the standard Huracan, and been given a power boost. What we do know is the record car used Pirelli Trofeo R tyres, which will be the boots fitted to customer cars.
What we strongly urge you to do now - if you haven’t already - is sit back and watch the whole lap. It shows just how preposterously fast the Performante is, and that Mapelli probably isn’t human.
We are in awe…