Published on June 11th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair0
Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato Concept is a Supercar Crossover
Well, it seems we’ve hit a new level of strange here in the automotive world. This supercar company that’s known for being slightly insane has decided to combine two things that don’t belong together: a supercar and offroad abilities. Meet the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato Concept.
“But they already did that with the Urus!”
No. This is different. This Lamborghini Sterrato has an actual supercar chassis and powertrain. The Urus shares enough of its parts with dedicated unibody SUVs to get away with it, but this is just plain ludicrous!
On the plus side, this is just a concept car… for now. I mean, it is ‘cool’ to look at, I suppose. But it’s an utterly poor combination of things. Supercars are made from the ground up to be optimised for the track. They’re stiff and uncomfortable for the sake of shaving seconds off every lap.
That being said, Lamborghini haven’t just bolted on some fancy flood lights and plastic cladding and called it a day. Adjustments have been made to the suspension to give it marginally better ground clearance.
Lamborghini seems to think it’s a good idea. You can read their thoughts on this concept in the press release below.
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 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.