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Lamborghini Eyeing Huracan Super Trofeo for GT2

Lamborghini eyeing possible upgrade kit for Huracan Super Trofeo to GT2 spec…

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Lamborghini could make its Huracan Super Trofeo available for the newly announced GT2 category, according to its motorsports boss Giorgio Sanna, who has voiced support for SRO Motorsports Group’s new-for-2019 GT platform.

The Italian manufacturer, which will roll out with an Evo kit for its Huracan GT3 next year, is also evaluating a potential upgrade package for its popular single-make racer, which primarily competes in regional Super Trofeo series in Europe, North America and Asia.

Sanna said the production-based 620-horsepower V10-powered Huracan Super Trofeo EVO, with a few modifications, could be a viable option in the new class.

“We’ve said many times that we are not interested in GT4 because there are brands competing in the GT4 that are not in line with us, and honestly it’s more or less impossible to balance the Huracan Super Trofeo to compete in GT4,” Sanna told Sportscar365.

“GT2 is different. We could use the Super Trofeo as a base platform, but first of all to give additional opportunities to the customer teams, and the drivers, to compete also out of the Super Trofeo in this new category.

“But first of all, we have to understand together with the SRO how this category will develop. What kind of cars are the other competitors looking to develop, and is it possible with a dedicated kit to balance the existing Super Trofeo in the GT2?”

GT2, which was announced during SRO founder and CEO Stephane Ratel’s annual press conference at Spa, will initially roll out as an additional class within the British GT Championship and Blancpain GT Sports Club races next year, following a planned larger adoption within all of SRO’s GT3-based sprint racing series in 2020.

The platform, aimed at gentlemen drivers, has already gained significant interest from Porsche, as well as Ferrari, which is also reportedly evaluating the build of a GT2 car for 2019.

While ruling out an all-new car, Sanna said its existing Super Trofeo model would be the most viable option for GT2.

More than 150 of the cars are currently in existence worldwide, either in first-generation or 2018 EVO specification.

“If we will have the opportunity to use the Super Trofeo as a baseline with a dedicated kit to balance the car on the aerodynamic and engine performance, I think we will take into consideration this new category because it will be an additional opportunity for the teams to use the car more weekends,” Sanna said.

“With the right balance I think the Super Trofeo is already a car that can give to the gentlemen drivers very good performance. They can enjoy the car with reasonable running costs.”

Sanna: Enough Room in Market for GT2

Sanna believes there’s enough room in the market for an additional GT class, despite the current saturation of GT3 manufacturers and increasing popularity of GT4.

“Understanding what Ratel has in mind, I think yes,” Sanna said. “Today, the gap between the GT4 and the GT3, in my opinion, is too high.

“If you look at British GT, it’s difficult to combine a race with GT3 and GT4 together. Sometimes also it’s not really safe, in my opinion, at some tracks.

“To have a car like the Super Trofeo, even if you have to do a BoP to slow the car down a bit, its a car that we have already shown many times can compete on the same track at the same time with the GT3 cars and not have any problems, without disturbing the GT3s, but enjoying from the gentlemen perspective the performance of the car.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Daniel Tripp

    August 14, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Love this idea!

  2. BirdBrick

    August 14, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Super Trofeo cars are already almost as fast as GT3 cars around Spa. With GT2 supposed to be slower, without it be more of a “downgrade” kit.

  3. Crates of Twinkies

    August 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

    3, 2, 4…yeah..makes sense

  4. Wow

    August 14, 2018 at 11:20 am

    This is exactly what they didn’t want to happen when they made GT2. They wanted the cars to be as street-like as possible. This is the complete opposite.

    • FormulaFox

      August 15, 2018 at 12:31 am

      Although I agree this isn’t what the SRO had in mind for GT2, it is far from the exact opposite.

      The Super Trofeo car is still based on the road car, and most of it’s non-aero modifications are designed around making it easily repairable/serviceable, as race cars tend to need to be. Such alterations are almost certainly expected of all GT2 cars, so the only thing that’s really out of line of with GT2’s goals is the Super Trofeo’s aerodynamics. Which is where the conversion kit comes in – under the skin the car is already suited to GT2’s goals, so all they have to do is dial back the aero to GT4 levels(since that seems to be the target for GT2’s aero rules) an they’ve made a whole new racecar for a fraction of the cost, but which also can be easily converted into another championship’s specifications if the owners wish to do so.

  5. Luna

    August 14, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    The 2018 Huracán Super Trofeo is possibly not exactly what SRO has in mind for Gt2.
    Maybe it will work in Europe. In North America the useless Lamborghini management is struggling to sell cars just for the Super Trofeo…

  6. Just a guy

    August 14, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    That’s all we need, yet another class out there running. Pro/pro, pro/am, am/am with each of those having 3 different championships, sprint, sprint x and overall, when is enough enough????

    They call PWC “professional” Racing , if you want to race against all gentleman drivers,AKA amateurs , go club racing. Which honestly, PWC is closer to club Racing than it is pro Racing.

    Isn’t GT Cup close to what this GT2 thing is? Amateur drivers , not quite GT3 cars ( less aero, unrestricted power levels aren’t far off if not more) and wee see how much interest that class draws, here in the states anyway.

    In my opinion Sometimes It seems as if Ratel is more worried about lining his pockets than doing the good thing for the sport.

    Sorry for the rant and feel free to help me see this another way!!!

    • Change it up

      August 15, 2018 at 6:30 am

      Definitely agree with you on that one. What about those cup cars? Is their downfall because they are too expensive also? They honestly should just change the cup car to GT2. If you are trying to capture fans passing by using GT3, GT Cup, GT2, and GT4 is going to confuse the sh** out of them. Its so confusing that my accountant wife has no clue who is winning and asks me every time.

  7. Bob

    August 14, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Obviously you’ve forgotten that EVERYONE needs a trophy…

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