2023 Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica at Lightning Lap 2023


From the February/March 2023 issue of Car and Driver.

Lap time: 2:43.9

Class: LL4 | Base: $249,495 | As tested: $342,595
Power and weight:
631 hp • 3439 lb • 5.5 lb/hp
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza Race; F: 245/30ZR-20 (90Y) L, R: 305/30ZR-20 (103Y) L

The Lamborghini badge is synonymous with speed, and to no one’s surprise, the Huracán Tecnica is the fastest of this year’s crop. Unrestricted by massive aerodynamic appendages, the Italian wedge sliced ​​through the air and slammed down the Front Straight at 165.0 mph.

preview for 2023 Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica at Lightning Lap 2023

However, before you commit to applying metatarsal realignment force to the brake pedal, the Tecnica needs time to prepare. The optional Bridgestone Potenza Race rubber needs heat to come to life. Helpfully, on-board telemetry monitors tire temperatures and the thermal condition of the brake rotors and fluid. We can report that the tires want more heat than the system says before they go full steer. Braking (despite ABS) at triple digit speeds is a new one for us.

With the relatively narrow-for-a-supercar tires up to temp, the Tecnica hooks in, averaging 1.12 g’s through Turn 1. Thanks to a fixed-ratio steering rack and rear-axle steering, input sent through the drawbar , immediate reactions. The 5.2-liter V-10’s 631 horses kindly ask for a moment of patience before you punch the accelerator out of the turns. But when executed properly, the Tecnica exits Turn 1 at 80.9 mph, topping this year’s chart. While the other heavy hitters shift gears for themselves, the Tecnica’s Corsa driving mode requires interaction with the large shift paddles. It’s part of the experience. Sleep on the shift indicator lights, and the manic-to-revving V-10 slams into its 8500-rpm redline.

The demise of Lambo’s V-10 is looming, and we’ll be sad to see it go. The engine is a ferocious beast full of character. His acceleration is so furious, you swear there’s another dimension on the other side of every shift. And the noise—there is so much. It’s racing car loud. Residents of neighboring North Carolina may have stopped their ears.

Over three days of heavy use, the Tecnica never wavered. The Bridgestone Potenza Race tires easily withstood a day of abuse with only a negligible decrease in performance. Lamborghini says a set of Pirelli Trofeo R’s can shave two seconds, but unlike the Bridgestones, they won’t last a day or more.

In the end our best time was a 2:43.9. The Tecnica is the fastest Huracán of the four we’ve leaked and possibly the last of its kind.

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