Lamborghini has unveiled a rally Huracan concept that looks completely amazing, if slightly impractical.
So here’s the thing about rally racing: while most of the time it’s on a gravel-strewn path with lots of twists and turns, occasionally there’s a big jump that the driver will have to take at speed. That means going airborne such that the car’s chassis is not level with the ground. So if the car is long with a lot of overhang between the front and rear wheels (such as on a Lamborghini) then it will strike the ground with the body first and not the wheels, usually destroying whatever part that comes into contact.
But that doesn’t stop people from dreaming, and Lamborghini still has a thing for rally racing apparently. That’s why they’ve drawn up this rally Huracan concept based on the EVO called the Sterrato Concept.
Since it’s basically an EVO, it has all the active aerodynamics and Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) logic as the EVO, including four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, and torque vectoring. The stability and traction control has all been reconfigured for off-road performance, including "low-adherence surfaces.”
Lamborghini improved the Huracan’s ground clearance by 1.85 inches, which improves approach angle by 1% and departure by 6.5%. Which is probably not enough, but Lamborghini also gave it some skid plates, reinforced aluminum side skirts, and stone-deflecting protection around the engine and air intakes.
Big off-road tires are fitted to 20-inch wheels beneath big, chunky wheel arches that help to deflect sand and mud, and also improve wheel track by 1.18 inches in the front and back.
On the inside, the Sterrato features a titanium roll cage, 4-point harness, carbon bi-shell sport seats, and aluminum floor panels so that it’s easy to clean the mud out from the driver’s boots.
LED light bars on the roof and front bumper complete the Sterrato’s rally presentation.
This is just a bunch of concept drawings for now, and Lamborghini has said absolutely nothing about turning the Sterrato into a real-life prototype. We can’t imagine them actually trying it, considering the car’s overall design is still nowhere near appropriate for rally racing, but stranger things have come out of Italy before.