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Your car has more computing power than the Space Shuttle. It does this by a network of computers located throughout the cockpit. Lamborghini has just shocked the industry by changing this ancient method. The new Huracán EVO hit our inbox as a press release early this morning.
Of course the engine is potent. The 5.2L V10 makes 640 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 443 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. What good is an excellent engine without the ability to control that power? As each new system was added to the Gallardo and then to the Huracan, it meant more weight.
Another computer and miles of wire were integrated into an already complex system. Almost every car computer communicates to each other on the Can-Bus. This antiquated system has limited bandwidth, and it chokes the speed of how each system responds.
The biggest upgrade to the EVO is rear wheel steering. But instead of adding another computer to control it, the engineers made a bold move. Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) is a centralized system. It starts with new accelerometers and gyros that are mounted at the car’s center of gravity. Thankfully there was room between the seats for the new hardware, and it places the sensors dead-center on the car’s Z-axis.
Predicting the driver’s input and the car’s reaction was the main goal of LDVI. Under its control are new magnetic shocks, MagneRide 2.0 was licensed from GM to give the Huracan the same responsiveness as the Corvette and the Cadillac V-Series. The computer also handles torque vectoring, using 3 electronic differentials to send all power to one tire if needed. Rear steering is always in motion, adapting to lateral loads while cornering. Because this is a learning system, it will anticipate the driver’s reactions while also remembering how much each tire will hold before it gives up.
Of course, this is all dependent on which mode the driver selects, as the system responds differently in Strada, Sport, and Corsa modes. Styling has been sharpened inside and out. The lower & more aggressive body integrates a new front splitter and an open rear grille. The titanium exhaust has moved up like most other supercars. This helps fill the vacuum made by the car at high speeds, limited drag in the process.
Inside you will have a new 8.4″ touchscreen. It has gesture control and multi-finger ability for quick navigation. The best new feature here is the dual-camera telemetry system. It records your laps along with data from all critical systems. All this is packaged in a car that weighs only 3,135 lbs. That is only 181 lbs more than the Gallardo Superleggera, one of the lightest Lamborghinis ever offered. So that is how it reaches 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and 124 mph arrives in only 9 ticks.
The top speed is well over 202 mph so it can stop from 62 mph in 105 feet. The new Huracan Evo is 90 lbs heavier than the Huracan Performante, but the incredible new suspension might give it an advantage in the corners.