Lamborghini’s Huracán Evo RWD is made for maximum fun, not lap times

Patrick

Noble lineage

In many ways, the Huracán Evo RWD can be considered the offspring of the LP 580-2 and Performante, taking the former’s rear-drive approach to performance and blending it with a number of the upgrades that were introduced in the latter. Output is up to 610hp (455kW) thanks to a Performante-derived iteration of the naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter V10 and its raucous center-mounted exhaust system. Meanwhile, removing the front differential hardware takes roughly 75lbs (34kg) off of the front end of the car versus a standard Huracán Evo.

There’s also 73-percent more downforce on tap here versus an LP 580-2, and although the Huracán Evo RWD lacks the standard Evo’s sophisticated LDVI stability-control system, Lamborghini developed a P-TCS (Performance Traction Control System) specifically for the RWD. The P-TCS was made with the express intent of not only maximizing the car’s performance potential, but also its fun factor.

DiGiacomo tells me to put the car in Sport mode for the first pass on the skid pad. Lamborghini considers this the fun driving mode in a track setting, as it is the only option that enables the car’s “constant throttle oversteer” technology. The feature is designed to ostensibly modulate the driver’s throttle inputs to allow the car to step out and hold a powerslide when asked to do so. It also, however, dials things back a bit to prevent a spin, if needed, while the driver keeps the go pedal buried.

On the other hand, I soon learned that it’s not a “drift mode” in the traditional sense. Sport will immediately bring the hammer down on purposeful shenanigans at lower speeds, resulting in nothing but understeer on the skid pad as the system does everything it can to bring the car back in line. But DiGiacomo also has a cheat code to share.

“Put it in Corsa mode and turn off ESC on the center console,” he says. “And once you’re moving, put it in second gear, turn in and give it some throttle.”

Off the leash

With the electronic assistants fully disabled, as they are in this setting, it doesn’t take long to understand why Lamborghini is hesitant to let drivers off the leash. This ain’t no muscle car: torque ramps up from “hmm, nothing’s happening” to “OK, we’re spinning now” in literally a fraction of a second. Without the nannies there to keep everything in check, it’s just your right foot and your flailing Kermit arms keeping this Italian brute on the intended path. It’s definitely doable, but you’d best bring your A-game for this one.

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