For those with deep pockets and the desire to be in the driving seat of GT3 racing action, without shoveling cash into a motorsports team, the new Lamborghini Huracan STO that’s now in Malaysia, is the closest thing you can get to being in a race car.
STO stands for ‘Super Trofeo Omologata’; making the Huracan STO a road-homologated super sports car derived from the company’s learnings from the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO and the Huracan GT3 EVO, a multiple race-winning car.
At the heart of the Huracan STO is a 5.2-litre naturally aspurated engine with 640 hp and 564 Nm to propel the car from 0 to 100 km/h in three seconds. It’s more impressive from 0 to 200 km/h, taking just nine seconds and it stops just as quickly as it can accelerate.
With 6-pot brakes in the front, and 4-pot at the rear, and brake discs measuring up to 390 mm (bigger than the wheels on compact cars), the Huracan STO can bring itself to a complete stop from 100 km/h in just three seconds!
The engine has been retuned to be more responsive with a more direct ‘pedal-to-throttle’ feel according to Lamborghini, while gear changes are now even faster. For a more intimate connection with the tarmac, the steering feel is even more direct. The STO also features a wider wheel track, stiffer suspension bushings and model-specific anti-roll bars.
Sheer performance isn’t the only thing that makes the Huracan STO so special as it’s also one of the lightest Huracan’s on sale. Weighing just 1,339 kg (about the same as a Honda Civic), it’s a whopping 43 kg lighter than the Huracan Performante.
That’s all down to extreme weight-saving measures as 75% of the exterior panels are made of carbon fibre including the ‘cofango’ front section featuring the front bonnet and fenders as one single piece. It also fitted with 20-inch magnesium wheels, a titanium roll cage developed with Akrapovic, a lightened windscreen, and carbon fibre bucket seats.
The Huracan STO’s featherweight and intoxicating performance numbers complement its aerodynamic prowess. Most of the downforce is generating at the front splitter and rear wing where the latter can generate up to 420 kg of downforce at 280 km/h – that’s like having 5-6 adults standing on the car, pressing it towards the tarmac for more traction.
The roof consists of two unique exterior features; a shark fin and a rear engine bonnet with an air scoop. The latter was designed to channel air to the engine bay with air deflectors to control the amount of air flowed depending on the engine and exhaust temperature. The shark fin on the other hand improves the cornering stability with varying pressure on each side of the fin and by channeling air directly to the rear wing.
It’s just not just a supercar, it’s a ‘living thing’ that reacts to your every input and is not to be taken lightly…pun intended.