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Lamborghini Huracán Performante breaks Nürburgring lap record

The new Lamborghini Huracán Performante has broken the Nürburgring lap record for a production car - setting a time of 6:52.01 mins.

Combining new lightweight technologies, active aerodynamics with aero vectoring and a new set-up of chassis, all-wheel-drive system and further improved powertrain, the enhanced naturally aspirated engine is the most powerful V10 produced to date by Lamborghini.

Outputting 640 hp and 600 Nm of torque, it features an optimised torque curve with more than 70% of torque already available at 1,000 rpm. Reflecting this, Lamborghini’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission has also been optimised in order to match the increased performance. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 2.9 seconds, and 0 to 124mph takes 8.9 seconds. Top speed is 202mph.

The Performante includes Forged Composite in structural components including front and rear spoiler, the engine bonnet, rear bumper and aerodynamic diffuser, all contributing to the car’s weight reduction of 40 kg.

The new model adopts 'Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva' (ALA). ALA is also the Italian word for wing. This patented active aerodynamic system developed by Lamborghini for the Huracán Performante provides an active variation of aero load for high down force or low drag.

The system is completely integrated into the vehicle in terms of design, weight and performance. The front spoiler integrates the electric motor of the front ALA system, built in a carbon forged frame with active flaps on the top exterior surface. The rear bonnet is designed around the air ducts to the rear wing as well as the wing pylons.

Styling wise the new front end is described as ‘razor-blade’ sharp like a race car, with the design of the air intakes and splitter giving the impression of ‘incisors, reminiscent of a striking snake’. The active aerodynamic front spoiler is clearly visible in Forged Composite and the front bumper has no grills 'emphasising lightweight, efficiency and sportiveness'. The new Huracán runs on lightweight, Narvi 20” forged wheels finished in bronze.

The racing-inspired rear features extensive carbon fibre. The rear wing with integrated air ducts could only have been created in one piece using the Forged Composite technology, says Lamborghini.

On the inside, the lightweight interior features air vents, paddles, door handles and the centre console all created from Forged Composite. Referencing its racing heritage, lightweight, dark coloured Alcantara fabric is used throughout, including on the sports seats. A special ALA graphic on the dashboard display which shows when and how ALA is working, including aero vectoring.

The new digital cockpit displays are configurable depending on driving mode selected: Strada, Sport or Corsa, with a display dedicated to the ALA detailing data on downforce and drag.

The first customers deliveries are expected in Summer 2017, with a suggested OTR price of £173,271.