Regarded by the former hosts of Top Gear – now of The Grand Tour – as the best road in the world, the Transfagarasan mountain pass in Romania does stack up well against other such benchmarks.
Lamborghini, who might not want to use the Stelvio pass in northern Italy anymore due to the name being used by Alfa Romeo’s first SUV, has sent no less than six Huracans to show their prowess on the steep hairpin turns and switchbacks of Transfagarasan. The Italian manufacturer took all-wheel and rear-wheel drive versions of the Coupe and Spyder, along with the mind-bending record-breaking Huracan Performante.
The Romanian pass is so hard on vehicles and humans alike it’s only open to general public for around three months each year, between July and September, having been constructed between 1970 and 1974 at the behest of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu – it was made for Romanian troops to cross the Carpathian Mountains quickly in the event of a Soviet invasion. Lamborghini on its own doesn’t have such issues, and its six Huracan cars “departed from the city of Sibiu, passed through the village of Cartisoara, and then twisted and turned rapidly on the numerous hairpin turns that cut through the Fagaras Mountains.” They reached Lake Balea at an altitude of 2,042 meters (6,699 ft), and also took some scenic selfies at the impressive Vidraru dam.