Lamborghini says that its record-shattering lap time around the Nurburgring is genuine and verified, despite the internet being abuzz with accusations arguing otherwise.
The Lamborghini Huracan Performante claimed the fastest production car lap record at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife late last year, with the raging bull lapping the German circuit in six minutes 52.01 seconds, the Huracan Performante was nearly five whole seconds quicker than the previous production record holder, the Porsche 918 Spyder.
The hardcore Huracan is also over seven seconds quicker than Lamborghini’s own flagship, the Aventador SV – which lapped the Nurburgring in 6:59.73, more than 30 seconds quicker than the standard Huracan.
When the video of the lap was released in recent weeks, allegations against Lamborghini started to mount. With multiple sources showing rudimentary analysis that the average second by second speed of the 918’s lap time video was faster than the Huracan Performante, casting doubt on Lamborghini’s claims.
There were also some discrepancies in the Performante’s lap time video, where at the 4:28 mark, the speedometer jumps from 131 km/h to 160 km/h in a single frame. Then somehow hits 190 km/h in the very next frame (pictures above & below).
Speaking to CarAdvice today at the 2017 Geneva motor show, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali defended the Italian company's lap time, stating that there was nothing to hide and that in fact, the company expected a faster lap based on internal simulations.
“To be honest the simulation that we were doing before in the lab, was better than the time [we got],” Domenicali told CarAdvice.
“I do believe that what we saw considering the track, we saw the great potential of the active aerodynamics, because as you know the Nurburgring is a whirlwind, for three-quarters of the track; lot of cornering, lot of partial throttle, lot of corners where you need to have lot of downforce, and this is the place where this car performed this way, if you take just the straights, of course there are cars that are just faster because they have more power, like the SV for example with 740hp, it's faster down the main straight, but the gain that this car was able to take in the corners is amazing, you see the competitors and it's impressive.”
It's worth noting that the average speed analysis done second-by-second does take into account cornering speed regardless. Nonetheless, Domenicali dismissed accusations levelled at Lamborghini by online bloggers and journalists.
“What people[accused us]? One? This is the problem of when you are too focused on this process, honestly, I do not want to give him this much of importance, for me, it’s all recorded and all verified.
“The day after there was another blogger that was counter-saying that the guy who said it was not possible was fake, and the number of comments was three times [the original video] so I don’t want to follow that because at the end of the day... [we know our lap time is true],” he said.
Domenicali, who ran the Ferrari Formula One team between 2008-2014, backed the importance of the Nurburgring lap time as having real relevance, despite the lack of official verification.
“It means a lot because it causes a lot of discussions,” he joked. “But it means a lot for us because I am a guy that comes from motorsport and a record is something that you do because it’s a reference to be beaten. Tomorrow there will be another one and that’s the challenge and the beauty of this and then there will be another one again.”
According to Domenicali, the Huracan Performante’s lap time is a huge badge of pride for the company’s R&D team and that the super sports car could perform similar lap times again and again without issue, thanks to its active aero being the key to the car’s success.
“It’s all certified, if you speak with the [officials] they have all the data, all the telemetry, everything. When there is nothing to hide, you can do whatever you want [redo the lap]. That’s the beauty of the thing. People are getting nervous because we discovered a new technology that was never applied [to a road car before].”
It also seems as though the active aero technology will find its way to the Aventador in due time, when that happens is still unclear. But Domenicali promised that Lamborghini won’t stop there and to expect more surprises in the near future.