This writer was blown away by two fierce “hurricanes” – the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 and LP580-2.
STORY SARJEET SINGH
TWO months ago, I headed to Changi to experience a pair of Lamborghini supercars.
But instead of taking off from the airport in an A380 and flying to a picturesque destination in the Mediterranean, I arrived at Changi Exhibition Centre raring to drive the Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2.
Huracan (pronounced oohrah- kan) is the Spanish word for “hurricane”.
Packing 30bhp less than the Huracan LP610-4 and equipped with rear-wheel-drive instead of all-wheel-drive, the LP580-2 appeals to supercar pilots seeking a purer experience.
But despite having fewer ponies, the LP580-2 is “only” 0.2 of a second slower than the LP610-4 from zero to 100km/h.
With this sort of storming performance, we didn’t expect to be given the keys and told to “have fun”. Indeed, our initial experience with the Lambo was a “taxi” ride round the pylonlined makeshift track.
These “bullfighters” had to be briefed by the head “matador”.
The first exercise consisted of putting pedal to the metal and experiencing the LP580-2’s explosive acceleration, before stomping on the brake pedal with all your might to bring the 1389kg raging bull to a stop.
After this, we were given lessons in proper braking techniques and correct entry points to help ensure that we hit the apex of every corner.
Naturally, the instructors also impressed us with their “I’m much faster than you” hot laps. They even performed “doughnuts”, which burned several hundred dollars’ worth of Italian rubber.
To me, the icing on the cake was driving a Huracan LP610-4 on public roads, with a nervous chaperone in the passenger seat.