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2018 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO

One of the ways racing drivers make their entry into a circuit is through participation in a one-make series. At the grassroots level, Mazda offers an MX-5 Cup car for only $60,000, and the price includes over 250 motorsport parts like its own roll cage, driver safety equipment, upgraded cooling, motorsport ECU and improved brake set. But the engine is sealed off so there's less of a chance other participants can upset the equal playing field. Mazda specified the MX-5 Cup so it meets requirements for SCCA, IMSA, FIA, and NASA (National Auto Sport Association) safety regulations so it can be used for other events too. The Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO is like the MX-5 Cup only five times more expensive. Same story, different league.

To learn more about the EVO, we should take a look at the non-EVO first. It starts with the Lamborghini one-make series called Blancpain Super Trofeo. And up until now if you wanted to partake you'd need to buy a 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. The stripped out and lightened racing car is equipped with a roll cage, upgraded radiator, improved composite bodywork, upgraded aerodynamics, and a front-wheel-drive disconnect making it exclusively rear-wheel-drive. The SLA suspension uses stiffer bushings, adjustable anti-roll bars, and sexy Ohlins TTX 36 2-way dampers. Pirelli front 305/660-18 and rear 315/680-18 sized tires give enough clearance to mount gigantic 380mm and 355mm Brembo brake discs with 6 and 4 piston monoblock calipers.

The 5.2-liter V-10 engine uses an M182 MOTEC ECU and TCU. Its 611 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque output is equal to the road car, though the Super Trofeo has more features that can limit its potential to match differing regulations. The V-10 is married to a 6-speed XTrac sequential gearbox with three-disc clutch operated by paddle shifters. Drivers interact with the car's many systems though a TFT display by MOTEC, enabling them to set the Bosch Motorsport ABS in 12 different settings or traction control in 9 different positions. Outside, the rear wing has 10 clicks of adjustability. Set on maximum attack, the Super Trofeo has 15% less drag, 43% more downforce, and 69% more aerodynamic efficiency than a standard Huracán.  Its weight distribution is rear biased at FR 42/58 with a dry weight of 2800 lbs (1270 kg).

All of this is possible with the help of Dallara Engineering, a five-decade partner in Lamborghini Motorsports. Dallara was around long enough to aid in the creation of the Miura, so their partnership is key to the success of Lamborghini. Since the launch of the Super Trofeo Lamborghini has sold 150 cars with around 90 of them having raced in Asia, Europe, North America, and Middle Eastern continents. The heritage and prestige of Lamborghini racing isn't as rich as Ferrari, but that never stopped them from trying.

The 2018 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO aims to continue that success, now with the aid of lead sponsor Roger Dubuis - a Swiss watchmaking company. The Titan Grey with striking yellow highlight livery pays homage to Roger Dubuis while emboldening the car's edges. To celebrate the launch of the partnership, the watchmaker is releasing a new wristwatch with exposed mechanical backing called the Aventador S Excalibur. Production of the watch is limited to 88 units.

The most profound difference between the EVO and non-EVO is its bodywork redesigned from end to end in carbon fiber. The only parts unchanged are the front diffuser, flat underbody, and rear diffuser. Gone are the two side air intakes behind the windows, now replaced by a single air scoop mounted on the roof. Lamborghini says the new scoop has lower air temperatures for better cooling while creating a supercharging effect at higher speeds. Total horsepower is still 611, but at a limited top speed of 173 mph (280 kmh) the engine is producing 3% more torque. A redesigned exhaust with closely mounted high flow catalytic converters nearby the manifolds also aids in scrubbing heat.

Without the side scoops, Lamborghini was able to flatten out the rear quarter panels reducing drag in the rear. The rear wing now possesses larger aluminum pillars and side handplates for a more efficient surface. Beneath the wing sits a flatter, larger spoiler; also designed to trim aerodynamic hangups. Many of the rear vents were enlarged for evacuating hot air, and a set of flics behind the rear wheel lowers air pressure built up in the well. These changes promote engine cooling and downforce in a more streamlined manner.

The front end is more aggressive, sporting larger air intakes on the bumper. Sitting dead center of the hood is a hexagonally shaped scoop used to pipe air directly into the cockpit cooling down the driver. On the side, note the wing sitting upright aft of the skirt. This side spoiler (also called a flic) puts more downforce to the front of the car so turn-in is more balanced. The part that Lamborghini is most proud of is the single fin sitting behind the air scoop. Its implementation is inspired by LMP1 prototypes and F1 race cars, and its adoption greatly increases rear end stability by diminishing oversteer in fast corners. You might expect to see something similar in future supercars. Final touches include an emergency roof hatch for improved driver safety, and alterations to the hydraulic power steering pump for better feedback. 

The Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO will be making its debut in the 2018 Europe, Asia, and North America Super Trofeo series. Cost is $295,000 USD but current Super Trofeo owners can purchase a bodykit upgrade to stay up to spec. EVO models meet regulations for International Gran Turmiso GT Cup and Endurance races, so it's more than just a one-make racer. It's a Lamborghini that's serious about performance. Something they should do more often. It's a good look.