Speed has played an important role in defining the Lamborghini image since the brand was founded in 1963, but the type of speed that is being achieved changes direction. One of its top executives felt that handling, not 0-60 mph or top speed, is the new benchmark in the supercar segment that the company calls home.
Francesco Scardaoni, head of the Italian company’s Asia-Pacific business, explained that achieving the fastest possible sprint from 0 to 60 mph and the highest possible top speed were what set a Lamborghini apart. Competitors wanted to rule the table too, with exotic brands taking turns trying to outdo each other for decades by shaving a tenth of a second off of their respective time or adding a few miles an hour. According to Scardaoni, electric vehicles moved the goal post in the 2010s because their drivetrain immediately develops maximum torque.
“If you go back 10 years ago, when asked about the parameters to measure a car with, we would probably say top speed, acceleration, and then handling. Top speed then became a secondary measure and acceleration became the first. Basically now [with electrification] is no longer so important. because it’s pretty easy for these types of engines to get amazing acceleration results, “he explained in an interview with Car tips.
Exemplary for the Huracán STO introduced in 2020, the postponement is a dramatic U-turn for the engineering team led by Maurizio Reggiani. Speed is easy to quantify; When we tell you that it takes a Bugatti Chiron 2.4 seconds to go 60 mph from one point, or that it can max out at 304 mph, you know exactly what it can do. On the other hand, it is difficult to use a number. Gs on a skidpad is a measure, but that’s only a small part of the handling equation. There is no unit of measure that describes what a divo feels like on a winding Sicilian road.
Scardaoni suggested that focusing on handling is one way of keeping exotic supercars relevant for years to come. Allegedly there are electric hypercars on the road, including the Rimac C_Two and the Pininfarina Battista. Closely related, both reportedly take less than two seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph, thanks in part to a 1,900-horsepower drivetrain, but they weigh about 4,300 pounds; They are heavier than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Neither of them are in the same league as the Huracán, for example, but they are good examples of the pros and cons of electrified power.
“What really makes the difference now is the driving behavior of the car, the handling. Because if you have good acceleration, but the car is difficult to steer and difficult to handle, you can’t have the pleasure of driving really fast.” “he told the Australian publication. It will be interesting to see how this focus affects Lamborghini’s next cars. The replacement of the Aventador is just around the corner and we already know it will include a hybrid powertrain.