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Pair a robust all-wheel-drive system with a big, powerful engine, and you’d have a potent off-road machine. But Lamborghini and its supercars are rarely the type to throw caution to the wind and hit the dusty trails. However, that hasn’t stopped Lamborghini from at least imagining such a possibility. Today, the company unveiled a one-off concept for some off-road fun—the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato. The wheel arches, light bars, and raised suspension give the Lamborghini concept its proper off-road style.
Underpinning the Huracán Sterrato concept is the Huracán Evo, including the same 640-horsepower, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10. Also from the Evo is Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), the brain of the supercar. LDVI controls several of the Sterrato’s vehicle systems such as four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, torque vectoring, and more, using predictive logic to anticipate the driver’s next moves. However, Lamborghini calibrated LDVI for off-road driving, enhanced rear-wheel drive behavior, and improved traction and acceleration.
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The Sant’Agata automaker also upgraded the Sterrato’s hardware, too. Engineers raised the ride height by 1.85 inches (47 millimeters), improving the approach and departure angles. The aggressive stance comes from widening the front and rear track by 1.18 inches (30 mm) with the 20-inch wheels, wrapped in balloon tires, tucked under the new widebody wheel arches.
Underneath, Lamborghini added a rear skid plate that acts as a diffuser for added underbody protection. At the front, there are aluminum reinforcements integrated into the frame, which are protected by an aluminum skid plate. Other protective features include aluminum-reinforced side skirts, protective composite bodywork around the engine and air intakes, and carbon fiber and elastomeric resin mudguards.
To enhance the Sterrato’s off-road appearance, Lamborghini added a roof-mounted LED light bar and LED bumper lights. The automaker says the Sterrato features a sporty off-road interior trim that features a titanium roll cage, four-point seatbelts, aluminum floor panels, and new carbon bi-shell sports seats. However, there are no photos of the interior available.
For right now, the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato is a one-off off-road concept with zero plans for the creation to enter production. However, it could be a way for Lamborghini to gauge consumer interest. The company has had brief forays into rally racing, and it did build the LM002. And today, Lamborghini has the Urus. Maybe an off-road oriented coupe is possible.
Automobili Lamborghini conquers new territory with the Huracán Sterrato Concept
Sant’Agata Bolognese, 4 June 2019 – Automobili Lamborghini is exploring new horizons with its unconventional concept, the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato. Based on the super sports prowess of the V10 Huracán, the Sterrato draws on Lamborghini’s off-road expertise exemplified in the Urus Super SUV, creating a new dimension of Lamborghini ‘fun to drive off-road’: a transfer of technologies creating a super sports car for challenging environments.
The Sterrato concept is based on the Huracán EVO with the same 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated engine producing 640 hp. The Huracán EVO’s LDVI (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) with predictive logic, controls the Sterrato’s systems including four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, modified suspension and torque vectoring, anticipating the next moves of the driver to ensure perfect driving dynamics. Calibrated for off-road driving including low-adherence surfaces, and tuned to maximize traction and acceleration, the LDVI system in the Sterrato provides enhanced rear-wheel drive behavior, producing more torque together with additional stabilization in oversteering maneuvers.
Huracán Sterrato Exterior and Interior
The Sterrato is created for demanding environments. Its appearance immediately illustrates the Sterrato’s imposing off-road abilities within the framework of a super sports car. Ground clearance is heightened by 47 mm, with the car’s front approach sharpened by 1% and the departure angle enhanced by 6.5%.
The wheel track is enhanced front and rear by 30 mm, with 20” wheels on balloon tires set into new wide-body wheel arches with integrated air intakes, giving the Sterrato a commanding presence that makes clear its abilities. Specially-developed larger tires with increased side walls improve the asperity absorption and grip. Wide, rugged, open shoulder blocks for self-cleaning qualities, provide excellent off-road surface adherence with improved traction and braking and are highly damage resistant.
The Sterrato is fitted with underbody reinforcements and body protection, including a rear skid plate that acts as a diffuser. Aluminum reinforcements are integrated within the front frame and covered with an aluminum skid plate, with aluminum-reinforced side skirts. Special protective composite bodywork includes stone-deflecting protection around the engine and air intakes and mud guards in hybrid materials of carbon fiber and elastomeric resin. An off-road LED light package is comprised of a roof-mounted LED light bar and LED bumper lights with flood function.
A specially-designed interior trim reflects the sporty off-road character of the Sterrato, featuring a new lightweight titanium roll cage, four-point seatbelts to the new carbon bi-shell sports seats, and aluminum floor panels.
“The Huracán Sterrato illustrates Lamborghini’s commitment to being 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, Chief Technical Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. “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 Lamborghini Jarama and Urraco of the 1970s already explored the potential for combining Lamborghini’s high performance and off-road capabilities. Lamborghini’s test driver Bob Wallace modified the two models to create desert-going high performance sports cars, the Jarama Rally from 1973 and the Urraco Rally from 1974.