In a class where horsepower and weight reduction alone doesn’t win races, cutting edge aero is what leads to records.
Buried somewhere in the press release of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante was mention of a system called ALA that could be dismissed by the unassuming as just another fancy Italian word for a large rear wing. If you're looking at horsepower figures and the number of pounds the weight-conscious engineers shaved off of the bull to plug them into a mental equation and figure out in your head how it beats the Porsche 918 Spyder, you’ve underestimated the role that aerodynamics plays.
ALA, short for Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (Lamborghini Active Aerodynamics in english), is a system that manages the air flowing around the Huracan Performante and manipulates it so that it helps car stick to tarmac like glue in the corners or stream seamlessly through the air like a bullet on the straights.
Made up of a front active spoiler and the signature king-sized wing at the rear, ALA seems innocuous at first, but it’s the active components that are game changing. Like the Pagani Huayra, Lamborghini’s Ala is one of the few active aerodynamics systems that allows one side to work independently of the other, making it so that the motors adjusting the flaps of the system can add more downforce to the inner wheels of the car during a corner, allowing for tighter turns and more speed through the corners. This video by Lamborghini gives us a fairly good idea about how the system works, so watch and learn.