Lamborghini has received “massive interest” for the new Huracan Super Trofeo Evo2 ahead of the 2022 season, according to the manufacturer’s American senior motorsport manager Chris Ward.
More than 40 U.S orders have been received for the Evo2, which is replacing the current Huracan Super Trofeo Evo model in the North American and European regional series next year. The Middle East championship will continue to use the first-generation Evo.
Ward told Sportscar365 that the IMSA-sanctioned Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series is preparing to have an expanded entry next season as an outcome of the demand, although he refrained from suggesting a potential car count at this early stage.
“I don’t want to reflect on what grids are like next year, but we’ve had massive interest in the new Huracan Evo2,” he said.
“We’ve had in excess of 40 orders just in the United States. We were hoping to sell a dozen. Our business plan was to sell 12 and we’ve sold over 40.
“There’s a lot of work being undertaken in the United States to be prepared for an even larger grid next year, which I couldn’t be more excited for.
“IMSA, a long-standing partner of ours, has done an amazing job of supporting us and putting a great calendar together next year. New teams and new drivers are coming on board.
“Coming off the back of a record season this year, we couldn’t be more excited for 2022. It’s just going to be tremendous.”
According to Ward, there are 130 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evos in North America, just over 20 percent of which are used in the single-make championship.
The North American series attracted a record 30 cars for its 2021 season-opener at COTA and recently brought a total of 19 vehicles over to Italy for the World Final.
With Evo2 sales exceeding the anticipated demand and current teams showing interest in opting for the Evo-to-Evo2 upgrade, the series grid could expand further next year.
“Something optimistic in me said that from 30 cars, 20 of those [Evos] would be upgraded and then we’d sell another 12 cars,” said Ward.
“People like to upgrade, so that would have kept some stability at 30 cars which would have been a very healthy number.
“But here we are, with 15 kit orders to upgrade the cars and 40 new cars ordered that want to compete in the championship.
“I don’t want to speculate on a grid number, but you can do the math. It looks like there’s considerable growth in there.”
Ward acknowledged that tweaks to the sporting regulations might be required if the average grid size expands to reflect recent demand for the Evo2 product.
“Every avenue of our business will need to be thoroughly reviewed during the off-season, in terms of technical support at the track, away from the track and hospitality growth,” he said.
“All is to be reviewed over the coming weeks and months.
“I don’t want to go out with a number, but let’s say if there was a 50-car field and we open our championship at Laguna Seca: I can’t imagine a scenario where they’ll have 50 cars out in one qualifying session.
“So could it be possible that we use Q1 for Am and LB Cup, and Q2 for Pro and Pro-Am and then use the fastest race laps of Race 1 to determine Race 2? All those sorts of things require evaluation and thought
“[There is] limited track time and, in some instances, limited pit lanes. So we need to think about all those operational items.
“IMSA have done an amazing job working with us and we’ve said that we’re going to turn no customer away.
“We will operate it safely, first of all, but also make sure the customers have the best experience on track.”
Initial Stock of Super Trofeo Evos2 Sold Out
Lamborghini has found customers for its entire first batch of Evo2 stock, which gives the manufacturer a “happy problem” according to its head of global motorsport.
The initial stock consisted of “more than 60” new cars according to Giorgio Sanna, who indicated that Lamborghini is considering putting more new Evo2s into production if demand continues to rise.
“It’s a good problem,” he told Sportscar365. “Now we are receiving additional requests, and we are looking at when it would be possible to deliver additional cars.
“For the moment, the entire stock of 2022 is already sold.
“In America for sure we are looking at a boom in terms of requests, with new teams coming. That’s great for us because it means that we are working in a proper way.
“We expect a record grid next year in America, as we expect – and we have good feedback about it – to consolidate the grid between 35 and 40 cars in Europe, with some new teams there also.
“The forecast is really positive. Now we have to work a lot during the winter to deliver all the cars, and then to see if it will be possible – based on the demand – to produce additional cars.
“In the meantime, we are also achieving a very strong and positive feedback from the Essenza SCV12.
“This is also an important program and challenge that we are facing, with extraordinary results of more than 30 cars already sold.
“We have to deliver these next year also, so Squadra Corse will be very busy.”