Lamborghini Targeting Huracan GTD for 2015

Lamborghini Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo 3-4 Front

Lamborghini’s new soon-to-be announced GT3 car could be competing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as early as next year.

Speaking to Sportscar365 last weekend at Virginia International Raceway, Lamborghini chief test driver Giorgio Sanna revealed that they’ve already received customer inquiries for a GT Daytona version of its new Huracan GT3 car.

“As everybody knows, the [GTD] regulations are converting to GT3 in 2016 and we’re really happy about this as a manufacturer,” Sanna told Sportscar365. “We have some requests about GT Daytona for next year. So it could be possible you’ll see some Huracans in GTD.”

The Huracan GT3, which is expected to be formally announced in the coming weeks, will be the Italian manufacturer’s first all in-house GT3 car, to be built by Dallara and developed by Squadra Corse.

Sanna said any potential TUDOR Championship program would be strictly customer-based but would come with the full support of the manufacturer.

With the development of the soon-to-be FIA GT3-homologated car still ongoing, a mid-season debut in North America seems the most likely option at this stage.

“Daytona is too early because we’re not able to produce the cars in time to be ready,” he said. “Next year, if we’ll see some cars in the TUDOR Championship, it would probably be in the second part of the season, or after the long endurance races.

“If it will happen, it would also be a good chance for us to start to get experience in this series.”

The Italian manufacturer and Squadra Corse already have close links to IMSA, which sanctions the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series, now in its second season.

The emerging single-make championship will see the launch of the Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo (pictured above) in 2015, which was recently made its worldwide debut during the Monterey Car Week.

“Of course we are enthusiastic and excited about the introduction of the Huracan,” Sanna said. “The first feedback from the drivers and teams worldwide is really positive.

“We expect to have more cars next year and to open a new era for Lamborghini motorsport activities.

“The Huracan is a completely new project, a new platform with a completely new philosophy behind it. The car, compared to the Gallardo Super Trofeo, is more like a pure race car.”

Featuring a direct-injected 620 horsepower V10 engine, the Huracan Super Trofeo is rear-wheel driven and is outfitted with a number of GT-style components, such as a Xtrac sequential gearbox and Motec engine management system.

“We have introduced a lot of technical features that gives the car a high level of performance,” Sanna said. “For us, the new Super Trofeo is to be a [small] downgrade from GT3. It’s to support the gentlemen and pro drivers to get experience in a car that’s not so far from a GT3, even in terms of performance.

“I truly believe the new Huracan Super Trofeo will be the reference in the next few years.”

Sanna has targeted to have a minimum of 25 cars on the grid in the North American championship next year, which will remain open to the current Gallardo Super Trofeo, but running in a separate cup.

There are also plans to expand the driver classifications to include a category for professionals, alongside the existing Pro-Am and Am divisions.

The Huracan will also play a significant part in the European and Asian Super Trofeo series as well.

14 Comments

  1. Bakkster

    August 25, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Interesting to see manufacturers still throwing their hats into the ring for the last year of the modified GT3s. How much stronger will the class end up when it’s full GT3?

    • Marcus

      August 25, 2014 at 9:34 am

      I can’t wait to see what happens especially since there’s interest from some PWC wanting some endurance races

      • Greg

        August 26, 2014 at 12:13 am

        I think it will be pretty interesting, You’ll have a core group of cars running for each championship and a lot of crossover for teams that have funding and want to race whenever there is no schedule conflicts. A lot like the old Trans Am and GTU-GTO days when teams would come out of the woodwork for the big races for each series.

  2. Tarek R.

    August 25, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Aquire a GTD Lambo for a single year? Possible to “upgrade” the possible GTD into a full FIA GT3 after to meet 2016 rules?

    • John Dagys

      August 25, 2014 at 9:34 am

      I believe that’s the idea. Only minor modifications needed to make it 2015-spec GTD.. Wing, some aero and disabling TC/ABS

    • Bakkster

      August 25, 2014 at 11:48 am

      It’s less a case of upgrading the GTD, and more removing the downgrades you placed on the GT3 car you bought in the first place.

      • John Dagys

        August 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

        Exactly.

  3. Travis

    August 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

    It will be interesting to see if it does debut next year. Nissan said they would debut a GTD GT-R mid season and that didn’t happen. I’d rather wait to 2016 get the FIA Homolgation and do plenty of testing before debuting the car. Interesting that its being built by Dallara and not Reiter.

    • Davidvdb

      August 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Muscle Milk Picket Racing was the team that actually should have entered the Nissan GT-R GTD mid-season this year. Well as the team doesn’t exist anymore, you will have to wait of statement from RJN in terms of TUSC involvement for the future.

      • Issac

        August 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

        They were rumored to be but it was never confirmed. Also im pretty sure Nissan could have gotten another team to do it if they had wanted to im guessing they looked at the way the GTD class was going and decided not to go ahead with the project also with the intro of GT3 in PWC they had a market for unmodified cars there. Bottom line is the whole GTD concept of a downgraded GT3 car makes little sense the car may debut but it will probably be in 2016.

  4. Enzo Brocker

    August 25, 2014 at 10:13 am

    How much of the upcoming new R8 GT3 is going to be used in this GT3 version?
    I understand the road going versions of the cars share a lot of components, so it would be wise to share those components with the GT3s as well. Is the V10 still shared with the Audi?

  5. Greg

    August 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Not a Lambo fan but will be cool to see them on the grid. As for them waiting for 2016 and full GT3 implementation it’s not a big deal, Turner changed their Z4 from GTD to GT3 and back in no time.

    • Bakkster

      August 26, 2014 at 9:21 am

      It’s less a question of how long to attach the wing and stuff, and more of how long it takes to understand the car with the GTD wing. They might not have gotten the car working in GTD-spec until PLM, and then they’d never use it again, which would be a bit of a waste of time.

      • Greg

        August 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

        Well considering Turner sat on pole for their first ever race in GT3 config I think the Lambo guys could figure it out.

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