The Lamborghini Huracan had big boots to fill when it came in as a replacement for the much-loved Gallardo. Some criticised it for being too tame and too driver-friendly, but that’s probably why Lamborghini was able to sell so many of them. In 2017, it unveiled the track-focused version called the Huracan Performante and it took everyone by storm, charging out of the gate with a new Nürburgring lap record of all things. It was lighter and produced a little more power from its naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 which combined with its AWD system, made it an astonishingly quick while also being usable. Since then, the Huracan has been facelifted into the Huracan EVO which brings us up to speed, to the present, where Lamborghini has just unveiled a new version of its V10 supercar. It’s called the Huracan STO.
That’s short for Super Trofeo Omolagata which basically means it’s a homologated race car. It’s the most extreme, track-focused version of the Huracan till date and it draws heavily from the existing Lamborghini race cars: the Huracan Super Trofeo and Huracan GT3 EVO. However, the STO looks a bit tame in comparison to the all-out race cars and some of the other track-focused supercars currently on the market. Maybe if we saw them side by side?
There is some compromise to keep it road legal but given the reputation of the Performante, the STO’s aero package will surely contribute towards a fast lap time. I mean it must have shed some weight and gained some power too right? Yes and no. It is 43kg lighter but it offers the same 640hp. On top of that, this thing is rear-wheel drive only! Well, that might help considering the cars that were quicker than the Performante have both been RWD cars. But on paper, the STO seems to be on the back foot with a similar weight and less power. So how can Lambo promise to deliver lap records?
Maybe the answer is in the other details, especially the race-inspired aero, so let’s take a closer look at what Lamborghini has to say about it. Visually, the STO is a lot wider than the regular Huracan and packs a lot of aggressive aero with the wider intakes, large vents and the massive rear spoiler. Its entire bonnet, front bumper and fenders are made from one single carbon fibre component that Lambo engineers call the ‘cofango’. No, they’re not Trump fans, its a combination of the Italian words for hood and fender. It’s a cool design inspired by the likes of the Lamborghini Miura and the Sesto Elemento. Built into the ‘cofango’ are large air ducts that allow more air into the central radiator for better cooling as well as generating downforce. The shape of the hood also helps direct airflow on top of the fenders, around the front wheels and towards the roof scoop as well.
The roof scoop design flows seamlessly into the shark fin on top of the engine cover which extends to the rear wing. While it’s not as impressive as the one on the GT3 EVO or the McLaren Senna or even the AMG GT Black Series, that wing is still a thing of beauty. The STO’s rear wing features a single wing with a double airfoil in the middle and large endplates which bend inwards at the bottom. The front bit of the split-wing can rotate into three positions for more rear downforce. Other elements for more downforce at the back include NACA air intakes integrated into the rear fenders and the large diffuser. Overall, Lamborghini states that the aero package of the STO offers 37% better airflow efficiency and 53% more downforce than the Performante.
There are previous milliseconds to be shaved off with better brakes too and the Huracan STO gets exactly that. It has Brembo CCM-R brakes that are derived from F1 tech for better stopping power over more repetitions. There is also the matter of putting the performance down to the tarmac. Let’s start with the literal contact points of any car, slow or fast: the tyres. The STO’s lightweight magnesium rims are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza rubber that is available in two versions — road and track. Next comes the Lamborghini drive control system called ANIMA along with the LDVI dynamics system. The STO’s three drive modes are STO, Trofeo and Pioggia. In standard STO mode, the car is set up for road conditions and a road-oriented suspension. If wet, use Pioggia (rain) mode which further optimises the traction control, rear-wheel steering, suspension calibration, torque vectoring and ABS to minimise loss of grip. For full blast, use Trofeo mode which is set up for fast lap times on dry asphalt. It also allows the driver to monitor the temperature of the brakes to adjust their driving mannerisms accordingly.
The Huracan STO also gets a more direct and fixed steering ratio while the suspension has been tuned for better handling as well. It has stiffer suspension bushing, optimised anti-roll bars and the Lamborghini MagneRide 2.0 system to switch between road and track requirements. We mentioned that the STO doesn’t get any extra power from its lovely-sounding V10, but the engine has been fettled and recalibrated for increased responsiveness. Its 7-speed dual-clutch transmission has been updated too for quicker gear shifts.
Now, it starts to make sense how the new Huracan STO could indeed set some blistering lap times and would certainly be quicker than its predecessor. Can it beat the most recent record time set by the AMG GT BS? Unlikely, but it’d be quite close I reckon.
Since the STO is a road car, it’s worth discussing the interior too. Its cabin has a lot of carbon fibre, including the sport seats and floor mats. There is also Alcantara upholstery, four-point seatbelt harnesses and a trunk for helmet storage only. While it’s not the car for a weekend road trip, you could make a day trip to the track. It has the usual digital driver’s display along with a large touchscreen infotainment unit in the central console that can also control car functions. Mostly, it allows you to check the LDVI system, the tire and brake temperatures, and use the connected telemetry system to monitor and record your performance at various race tracks. The Anima selector is located on the bottom of the steering wheel as usual.
Finally, let’s talk about the looks of the launch car: Blu Laufey and Arancio California. I don’t think it suits the Huracan STO even though I appreciate the Gulf-livery vibes. The STO branding on the doors looks like an afterthought and is worth deleting. The same theme is used for the accents in the blacked-out cabin where it sorta works. Luckily, buyers can spec and personalise their car’s exterior and interior colours to suit their exact vision. These buyers will be shelling out nearly USD 350,000 but I think the options could take it to 400k as well. Lamborghini plans to begin customer deliveries for the new Huracan STO by spring 2021 but we don’t know if they’ll be making a limited number of these or is it a limited production run like the Black Series. Either way, I’m expecting some pricier special edition variants to pop up by then too.
Another important bit of news ahead of the STO’s reveal was that Lamborghini has had a change of management of sorts. As Stefano Domenicali will be taking over as CEO of F1 next season, Lamborghini has brought back Stephen Winklemann. He’d previously been President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini from 2005 to 2016 which saw the arrival of many a special edition model along with the successors to the Gallardo and the Murcielago. Even the Urus was conceived and announced during his reign. Since Lamborghini, we’d seen Winklemann do some great work at Bugatti with similar ideas for uber-expensive special edition cars and derivatives. This man will now be running both Bugatti and Lamborghini from December onwards. I can’t tell if it’s one of the best jobs or one of the most stressful ones in automotive, but we wish him well.
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Check out the new Huracan STO and its details in a variety of angles in the gallery below: