Lamborghini is planning to develop a second evolution of its championship-winning Huracan GT3 instead of an all-new car for the next set of GT3 regulations that are due in 2022.
The Italian manufacturer, which rolled out an extensive Evo kit for the car last year, is set to continue with the current specification through at least the end of the 2021 season according to Lamborghini’s Head of Motorsport Giorgio Sanna, who indicated an update is not expected anytime soon.
“Of course we are already working on the next homologation cycle of the car that will start from 2022 based on the existing agreement shared between the manufacturers and the FIA,” Sanna told Sportscar365.
“We are already working on that and will take a decision on when it would be the right time to put on the market an evolution kit of the existing car.
“We’re talking about the Huracan and not a new car.”
Lamborghini’s approach will differ from other manufacturers such as BMW, which will debut an all-new car designed specifically around the 2022 GT3 regulations.
It will prolong Lamborghini’s current base Huracan GT3 for at least a seven-year lifespan, with it having made its customer racing debut in 2016.
Sanna has been one of the proponents for cost control within the category although said it’s “too early to say” how the new regulations will impact that.
“The technical regulations give a lot of freedom and opportunities to develop cars more similar to a prototype,” he said.
“Nothing has really drastically changed compared to the existing technical rules.
“In any case, from Lamborghini’s side, our target is always to try and reduce [the costs] as much as possible.
“I think today the Huracan GT3 is already one of the best cars in terms of performance vs. running costs and this is fundamental for us. And we will continue to work on this way.”
Lamborghini would become at least the second manufacturer to employ a so-called ‘double evo’ for its GT3 car after Ferrari debuted the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 this year.
Audi Coy on GT3 Future Strategy
Head of Audi Sport customer racing Chris Reinke, meanwhile, hasn’t yet indicated whether the German manufacturer will offer another Evo for its current Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo in 2022 or could have an all-new car in the works.
“At the moment being in the second year of homologation, our next project is ready to suit [the new regulations cycle],” Reinke told Sportscar365.
“As we’re about to go into a new set of regulations… I think we’re all in longer committed cycles.”
While initially having been under threat, it’s understood the R8 has a secure future in Audi’s production car lineup and could see a second facelift in the coming years.
Reinke refused to indicate if a new race car could be in the works but stressed their long-term commitment to GT3 racing.
Daniel Lloyd contributed to this report