We never saw it coming, but a controversy around the newest Nürburgring lap record has arose after Lamborghini announced the official time for the new Huracan Performante.
The Italian company quickly backed its claim after bloggers and YouTubers (probably looking for their minute of fame) said the proposed lap was illegitimate. And Lamborghini responded not with words, but with data. Sorry, they are also responding with words now – but only after they already showed the hard evidence. In a recent interview with the media, CEO Stefano Domenicali commented “Why would we [cheat]? We have all the data, all the GPS data. It’s verified. It’s already verified.” A Lamborghini spokesperson even said the issue was actually down to “one blogger’s business model paying for clicks.”
The data presented by Lamborghini confirms the 6:52:01 lap time, and shows a full VBox GPS log, providing all available information, including speed, from the car during the run. Even Audi Sport’s chief, Stephan Reil, backed them: “We also know that architecture well. We know what it’s capable of. The Performante ‘Ring time is absolutely credible. Active aero makes a huge difference.” The Huracan Performante’s 6:52:01 lap time uses the 5.2-liter V10 now packing 630 horsepower (470 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque – the previous record was from a Porsche 918 with a 6:57 lap.