Meet EVO, which is what happens when Lamborghini’s go-faster department – Squadra Corse – turns up the wick on its lightweight, V10 Huracan GT3 racer.
As you might have guessed, the EVO is the evolution (see what Lambo did there?) of the Huracan GT3, first introduced in 2015. A raging bull that’s gone on to clock up 12 international wins as well as the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.
Once again, it’s been created with the help of racing doyens Dallara. Featuring the latest very-familiar (but no less awesome) 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10, the EVO gets new camshafts and titanium valves to make it even easier to drive and, crucially for endurance racing, more reliable. As ever, to remain within the regulations, the front driveshafts have been ditched and the Huracan’s aerodynamics have been substantially revised for track.
There’s a massive watch-out-for-your-ankles chin spoiler, a vast adjustable carbon rear wing springing from the rear (modelled in two twists to improve aero) and a flat floor. But there’s bad news for Turn One shunters, as the cheaper-to-replace-when-you-crash fibreglass bonnet has been upgraded to spenny but stiffer carbonfibre. The EVO has also robbed the large central rib from the less Huracán Super Trofeo EVO racer, to improve the cooling capacity of the radiator.
Under the skin, the front suspension has been modified and lightened. The arms are now made of billet aluminium rather than steel, so roll has improved. The rear axle has also received new hubs, bearings and axle shafts while the Öhlins shock absorbers have become four-way and been made to be more durable over hefty kerbs.
The assistance of the electro-hydraulic steering can also now be changed on the fly – good for tired arms halfway through a race. We’re also told that ‘liveability’ has been improved. Which, given it means an optimised and redesigned roll cage, must mean ‘less deathy’ in Italian.
“The GT3 EVO is the result of experience gained over the last three years of racing on circuits worldwide,” Giorgio Sanna, Head of Lamborghini Motorsport said. “The main objective during development was to improve drivability, making the car easier and more predictable for gentleman drivers, with low management costs for the teams.”
If you’re lucky enough to already have a Huracan GT3 you can upgrade it with an EVO kit homologated for the next three years of racing. Or buy one outright for an as-yet-unknown sum of money. Which we’re guessing is a lot. But hell, if they look this good, who cares. Now Lambo, please build a road-going one. As a Performante is obviously not enough…