Faster than the record-setting Porsche 918 Spyder. That's just insane.
The benchmark of a car's performance is often measured by how fast it can conquer one of the most challenging racetracks in the world: we're talking, of course, about the formidable, 12.9-mile Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit. Currently, the Porsche 918 Spyder holds the record for the fastest lap at the Green Hell, setting a time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds. However, if this teaser video is to be believed, that time has now been shattered by the new lightweight Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
A video released by Lamborghini shows the camouflaged Huracan Performante being hammered around the Nurburgring in footage recorded on October 5th 2016, in what is our first official sighting of the hardcore Huracan where it apparently set "the highest performance set on track." In other words, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante will be earth-shatteringly fast.
Such blistering performance is possible because the track-focused Performante is said to be 220 pounds lighter than its predecessor thanks to its new carbon fiber composite components. Performance specs have yet to be revealed, but it's believed that the Performante's sublime-sounding 5.2-liter V10 engine will produce between 625 to 640 horsepower and over 413 lb-ft of torque, while other outlets have reported that the dual-clutch gearbox has been recalibrated for faster shift changes. The suspension has also been updated, but it's the new active aerodynamics that sound particularly impressive.
These use electronically controlled motors to open and close flaps on the rear wing to generate maximum downforce. The Lamborghini Huracan Performante will be making its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, but the trailer points to a possible pre-reveal this week on February 23rd. If nothing else, we should at least find out its top secret, record-setting Nurburgring lap time which has supposedly humiliated Porsche.