When you read the words Lamborghini and off-road together in a sentence, you’re likely thinking Urus, the company’s latest sport utility, but Lamborghini has created a concept off-road Huracán, the company’s latest ultra-high-performance model.
The idea is not new to Lamborghini, having explored high-performance off-road cars some 45 years ago with the Jarama Rally in 1973 and the Urraco Rally from 1974.
The Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato concept is based on the super sports competence of the Huracán EVO with the same 640 hp 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V-10 and combines it with the off-road prowess of the Urus Super SUV. The result, says Lamborghini, is “a super sports car for challenging environments.”
The two seemingly mutually exclusive performance parts are brought together by the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) showcased in the EVO uses predictive logic (anticipating the driver’s next moves) as it controls the 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering, modified suspension and torque vectoring systems.
In order to do that, the car’s ground clearance is raised by 47 mm; 20-inch wheels are fitted with high-damage-resistance balloon tires; the wheel track is widened by 30 mm and the wheel arches enhanced to accommodate the rubber and to modified air intakes; the front end is modified with a 1% increase in angle of approach and the rear’s angle of departure is enhanced by 6.5%.
“The Huracán Sterrato illustrates Lamborghini’s commitment to be a future shaper: a super sports car with off-road capabilities, the Sterrato demonstrates the Huracán’s versatility and opens the door to yet another benchmark of driving emotion and performance,” said Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer. “Lamborghini’s R&D and design teams are constantly exploring new opportunities and delivering the unexpected as a core characteristic of our DNA, challenging possibilities while inspired by Lamborghini brand heritage.”
The body is made up of a special protective composite with stone-deflecting protection around the engine and air intakes, and mudguards made of a carbon-fibre/elastomeric resin hybrid.
The underbody is reinforced and fitted with protection, including a read diffuser that is also a skid plate. The frame is reinforced and also covered with a skid plate, and the side skirts are also reinforced aluminum. Up top, roof-mounted LED off-road lights help light the trail, working in conjunction with LED bumper lights.
The interior is more sport than utility, but definitely inspired by the car’s intentions with a new lightweight titanium roll cage, 4-point seatbelts for the new carbon bi-shell sports seats, and aluminum floor panels.