Lamborghini is set to become the fourth automotive brand to commit to SRO Motorsports Group’s GT2 formula with the Italian manufacturer confirming work on a modification package to make its Huracan Super Trofeo EVO single-make product eligible.
The participation of the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO was hinted at by SRO founder and CEO Stephane Ratel during his organization’s annual press conference last Friday, with an image of the car appearing on a presentation slide about GT2.
Lamborghini’s head of motorsport Giorgio Sanna then confirmed to Sportscar365 that work has begun on a kit that makes the Super Trofeo EVO eligible for GT2 competition.
Sanna said that Lamborghini will soon enter Balance of Performance tests to gauge the car’s standing against the Audi R8 LMS GT2 and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport.
The three Volkswagen Group brands are set to be joined next year by the Reiter Engineering-built KTM X-BOW GT2 Concept, which is currently awaiting homologation.
Lamborghini has been interested in the new category for two years but until now it had refrained from making a commitment despite its acknowledgment that the car used for its Super Trofeo one-make series broadly fits in with GT2’s technical requirements.
“Since the beginning, we’ve always said to Stephane that we are more than happy to be involved in the new category, in the way where we trust the Huracan Super Trofeo is absolutely eligible and can be the right car to compete in that category,” said Sanna.
“We’ve been in this position since day one. We will do a Balance of Performance test. We have already done some simulation together with our colleagues at Audi.
“We feel that the car, with some fine-tuning work on restrictors, ballast and an aerodynamic device, can be absolutely balanced with the other cars.
“Horsepower is not a problem. We just have to balance the aerodynamic behavior of the car and the weight. Then we can work on the ride height. There’s a lot of tools.
“We have a lot of experience on the Super Trofeo so we don’t see any kind of problem to balance the car for the GT2 category.”
While Sanna wouldn’t go into the specifics of the Lamborghini GT2 kit, he suggested that the conversion would be a fairly straightforward task.
Power output-wise, GT2 cars are designed to produce 650 to 700 hp. The Porsche is at the top of that range while the Super Trofeo EVO sits at 620 hp and the Audi at 640 hp.
Further details of the Super Trofeo GT2 kit are likely to come out once the car’s comparative performance against the other homologated vehicles has been established.
“I cannot talk too much in detail but I can say from our first estimation, especially based on the Audi GT2, [that] the modification we need to do to reduce the downforce is not particularly heavy,” said Sanna.
“It’s for the simple reason that the Super Trofeo at the moment has very good aerodynamic behavior but in terms of downforce, it’s far from the [Huracan] GT3.
“We have smaller tires. The car in principle from our understanding is absolutely not far to be aligned with the GT2 Audi, which in my opinion today, is the reference car.
“The car will be easily ready. Of course, we now have to understand all the manufacturers committed to this series and when SRO will decide to do an official BoP test.
“We will do all we need to align and balance the car with the others.”
SRO boss Ratel has welcomed the addition of a fourth brand for what SRO hopes will be the first year of extensive multi-manufacturer competition in its GT2 class.
GT2 was announced in 2018 while a pilot race for Porsches was held at the 2019 Total 24 Hours of Spa before an Audi competed in a GT Sports Club round later that year.
In 2020, GT2s were eligible to compete in the European and American Sports Club championships, although only the latter attracted entries subscribing to its shared grid with GT World Challenge America powered by AWS.
For next year, SRO has realigned its Sports Club structure in Europe with the establishment of the GT2 European Series involving sprint races and the GT Rebellion championship for amateur-oriented GT3 endurance contests.
Over in North America, GT2 cars will run on the same grid as GT3 and GT4 cars in the new GT America competition.
“The performance of the car is right in the box,” Ratel told Sportscar365 when asked about the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO’s eligibility.
“We need to do some modification work. Claude [Surmont, SRO technical director] is working with Lamborghini to reduce the downforce. There will [probably] be some light kit to reduce the downforce and then we will do the BoP test and it will work.”
Customer Interest in Lamborghini GT2
While Lamborghini’s main customer racing programs are in GT3 and Super Trofeo, Sanna said it plans to “provide all the technical support” to teams wishing to enter GT2.
The Lamborghini Super Trofeo series, which runs championships in North America and Europe, involves a mixture of professional, amateur and mixed driver lineups.
The GT2 formula is aimed squarely at amateurs, as a rung between GT3 and GT4 in terms of performance.
It’s believed that there are north of 300 Lamborghini Super Trofeo cars in existence with many of these used for racing in the single-make series and external competitions.
“There are already a few gentlemen that are looking with interest in GT2 for the simple reason they are looking to drive as a solo driver, in a sprint race, or driving in a scenario that’s much more gentlemen-oriented than any other series,” explained Sanna.
“At the end of the day, our philosophy since day one of the Huracan Super Trofeo was always to give more opportunities to customer teams to use the car as much as possible.
“It was never forbidden to use the Huracan Super Trofeo only in the Super Trofeo series. In fact, many teams are using the car in many other different series.
“And they come in the Super Trofeo championship because they think the platform is what they like, not because it’s mandatory to race with us.
“As we agreed with SRO, the Super Trofeo series would never be in clash with the GT2 schedule. This way if our customer teams are looking to use the same car with just a few modifications in both championships, they are more than welcome.”