2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante First Drive: Record-Breaking Ability

Our colleagues at OmniAuto.it, soon to be Motor1-Italy, recently tested the new Lamborghini Huracán Performante in Imola. The text you see below is the transcript of the accompanying video review. With a car this special, a normal, written First Drive simply wouldn't do it justice. Enjoy.

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– Imola, Italy

I think people are wrong when they say that Lamborghini is no longer Italian – that with Audi, the inspiration of the past has gone. And it’s not only for a matter of words or national flags, it’s about… ideas.

And you know, when new ideas need simple words to describe them, well, then usually they are good ideas. And ALA sees to be one of them.

For starters, this active aerodynamics by Lamborghini – Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva, that’s what ALA stands for – surely has had a big role in achieving the lap time of 6 minutes, 52.01 at the Nürburgring, the new record for production cars.

2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante: First Drive
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante: First Drive
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante: First Drive
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante: First Drive

And here’s how it works. Basically, there are two settings, which can be chosen automatically by the electronic brain which controls all vehicle dynamics. There’s a low downforce setting and a high downforce setting and there are two areas involved in the process: at the front (on the spoiler) and with the rear wing.

Talking about the front splitter, there’s a flap, a sort of valve, that when it’s closed lets the air flow above and underneath, ...