Amid the smell of cigar smoke and the clinking of champagne glasses, Lamborghini introduced its all-new Huracan Super Trofeo race car Friday morning at the Quail Motorsports gathering in Carmel.
The Super Trofeo is a non-street-legal version of Lamborghini’s new Huracan supercar, which is rolling into dealerships now. The Super Trofeo version is for private racers in the automakers’ series by the same name. It pits drivers in identical cars against one another in races throughout the world.
“The Huracan Super Trofeo is an all-new car built from scratch with a clear racing concept,” said Maurizio Reggiani, director of R&D for Lamborghini. “We believe the car will be as fun for fans to watch as it will be rewarding for our racers to drive.”
Wealthy drivers can pay around $300,000 for the race-spec car and then pay additional fees per race to compete. There are three separate race series in North America, Europe and Asia, and the three groups meet for one last showdown in the World Final.
The new Huracan replaces the aging Gallardo in both street and racing iterations. It has a 5.2-liter V-10 engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The basic Huracan model has 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque and has a chassis built of both carbon fiber and aluminum to save weight.
The new Super Trofeo racer has 620 horsepower and its rear-wheel-drive setup shaves off more than 300 pounds and is the more traditional race car setup that drivers are used to.
Lamborghini’s new racer was one of several high-dollar debuts at the Quail gathering on Friday, with brands like Porsche, McLaren, Audi, Bugatti, Bentley, Ferrari, Tesla, Lincoln, Jaguar and Aston Martin all vying for attention from the wealthy attendees. The event is part of Monterey Car Week, which culminates Sunday with the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times