Lamborghini could become the next manufacturer to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the Italian automaker reportedly developing a GTE version of its Huracan that would take the iconic brand back to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and potentially in a factory capacity.
Motorsport.com reports that a design study for a Huracan GTE is underway at Dallara, ahead of a planned 2018 debut for the mid-engined V10-powered sports car in the WEC. It would join the likes of Ferrari, Ford, Aston Martin, Porsche and potentially BMW in the GTE-Pro class.
The news follows information first uncovered by Sportscar365 in June, when industry sources indicated that a Huracan GTE was already in build in Italy, ahead of potential on-track testing by the end of this year.
Lamborghini Head of Motorsport Giorgio Sanna denied those claims, when asked by Sportscar365, during the IMSA weekend at Watkins Glen. Sanna stressed that the brand’s focus remains on its growing GT3 customer program, as well as its three Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series.
“At the moment we’re focused for the next period — at least for the next three years — on the GT3 and to strengthen the Super Trofeo that’s giving us very good results,” Sanna told Sportscar365 in July.
“It’s clear that we’re always at work to evaluate new opportunities but nothing is decided today.”
It’s unclear if an official green-light has been given on a Lamborghini GTE project, as a number of manufacturers, including McLaren, have been undergoing design studies for potential GTE cars.
In addition to the current crop of manufacturers in the championship, BMW is known to be planning a GTE-spec car for WEC competition for as soon as 2018.