The Lamborghini Huracan Performante Is Your New Nurburgring Production Lap Record Holder

Lamborghini's lightened, track-focused Huracan has beaten the Porsche 918 Spyder's lap record by five seconds
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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.

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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.

The Lamborghini Huracan Performante Is Your New Nurburgring Production Lap Record Holder

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…




03/02/2017 - 08:49 |
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German Perfectionist

Let’s see for how long…

03/02/2017 - 08:50 |
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When the word “Perfomance” is too mainstream and easy.

03/02/2017 - 08:51 |
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They had a Gallardo Performante too

03/02/2017 - 12:53 |
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Ferrari doesng give a f*ck. lol. “812 SuperFast”

03/02/2017 - 14:00 |
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Performante is Italian for “performing” so it pretty much is “performance” lol

03/02/2017 - 14:45 |
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Just wondering, is there a Huracan SV yet?

03/03/2017 - 10:55 |
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Tomislav Celić

Porsche got rekt

03/02/2017 - 08:52 |
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Faster by 5 seconds. 5 WHOLE SECONDS
What sort of magic is that

03/02/2017 - 08:54 |
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It probably weighs much less, as the 918 is quite heavy

03/02/2017 - 09:01 |
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Now waiting for Porsche to do a comeback with a GT2 RS

03/02/2017 - 08:54 |
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Heck yes

03/02/2017 - 14:14 |
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I’m actually quite interested to see what kind of lap time it will put down. 918 Spyder is the Mac Daddy, the halo car of the brand. This means that theoretically it’s the fastest car produced by Porsche for street use. Is the GT2 RS going to be faster? Less power, less weight, more downforce, less ideal chassis balance and less torque. It seems to me it’s not going to be faster. I feel like the 918 is still a relevant car technology wise so the not-so-production-ready Performante putting down a fast lap in almost-slicks is a bit cheaty. Remember that the car in the video has no HVAC, no interior, runs R-compound barely street legal tires and the suspension has likely been altered for the track.

03/02/2017 - 17:18 |
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Tomislav Celić

Thank you Enzo Ferrari for pissing Mr. Lamborghini off

03/02/2017 - 09:02 |
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Ferrucio would be proud…

03/02/2017 - 10:27 |
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Rudy Mwaurah

Five seconds in car time

03/02/2017 - 09:12 |
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I read the name as Perfume - ante. Like some sort of sweet smelling, fruity and feminine version of the Huracan.

03/02/2017 - 09:17 |
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Didn’t live up to my expectations.

03/02/2017 - 09:18 |
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No hybrid, no turbo, just pure N/A V10.. Bravo Lamborghini

03/02/2017 - 09:17 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Was thinking the exact same thing - stunning what they’ve achieved without turbos etc… but it does make we wonder what sort of missile a twin turbo Lambo is going to be like

03/02/2017 - 10:17 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

With race tires (noticed how they do not make any kind of sound), no AC, no sound sistem, with a roll cage to increase the strenght of the body (wich makes a certain difference in the suspension)….

I see what they have done here

03/03/2017 - 01:08 |
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