Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO: The Car Behind The Watch
by Martin Green
But that was not all the news coming out of Lamborghini’s hometown of Sant’Agata Bolognese, as the Italian supercar manufacturer also introduced the new Huracán Super Trofeo EVO.
Watch enthusiasts are probably already familiar with the Super Trofeo racing series in which Lamborghini cars compete against each other thanks to the previous partnership Lamborghini had with another well-known Swiss watchmaker, Blancpain. Blancpain CEO Marc A. Hayek even participated in the cup himself.
That will probably no longer be the case given the supercar brand’s new partnership with Roger Dubuis.
It is not that uncommon for car manufacturers to switch partnerships with watch manufacturers as one might think, though.
Ferrari has set the record for the most switches as its watches were first made by Cartier (but only marked Ferrari), then Girard-Perregaux, then Panerai. Now with Hublot, Ferrari has finally found its horological soul mate. I am personally very taken with the new Hublot Techframe, which in my opinion has set the standard regarding synergy between a car and a watch manufacturer.
Ferrari also has a more affordable line of watches bearing its name, which are made under license by the Movado Group.
All the same car makes for more excitement
The Super Trofeo has been a great success for Lamborghini ever since it began as a one-make, one-car cup in 2008 with the Gallardo LP560-4.
Its success is based on the fact that the races are interesting for spectators as all the cars are the same. That means that tires, setup, and especially the driver make all the difference.
In general, this results in the cars racing very close together, which is quite spectacular to watch. For the drivers, this is also the challenge: they know that everybody is driving the same car and that their skills are what makes a difference.
Another aspect that made this cup popular was the fact that you could simply buy a car and participate in it. Of course, the car needs to be transported to and prepared for each race, but with the support of Lamborghini, this is made easier and far less expensive than starting a full-blown race team of your own.
Since Lamborghini introduced the Huracán Super Trofeo in 2014, it has sold more than 150 examples of this model.
Same script, slightly different cast
As the name already indicates, the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO is an evolution of the 2014 model. Most prominent here are the redesigned aerodynamics, for which Lamborghini teamed up with Dallara Engineering. While it provides the same amount of downforce as the previous car, the forward resistance is reduced by eight percent, making the car more stable to drive as well as more efficient.
How much more efficient? When tested at Monza it achieved a lap time of 1.46,3, while the previous Huracán Super Trofeo took 1.47,8 to complete a lap. To take advantage of the redesigned aerodynamics, you also don’t have to buy an entirely new car as it is offered as a body kit for those who currently already have a Huracán Super Trofeo.
Despite the improved aerodynamics, which also make the car look even more aggressive, the roof hatch might be another reason to upgrade to this new body kit as it allows for the driver to escape the vehicle after a crash in case the doors don’t open.
The new looks of the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO are amplified by the new livery designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile. To kick off the partnership with Roger Dubuis, this now features a titan grey base color combined with yellow accents, just like one of the versions of the new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S.
Of course, the Roger Dubuis name is also featured prominently on this upgraded car, which will officially kick off its career in the 2018 Super Trofeo season.
For more information, please visit squadracorse.lamborghini.com/cars/huracan-super-trofeo-evo.
Quick Facts Huracán Super Trofeo EVO
Engine: 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10, rear-wheel drive
Power: 620 bhp
Transmission: X-Track six-gear sequential shift
Top speed: 280 km/h, limited electronically
Price: €235,000 (plus tax) in Europe and Asia; $295,000 in North America