Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Although Lamborghini as a brand hasn’t gotten a racing experience of Ferrari or Maserati, in the last couple of years the Santa Agata factory started to establish itself in world’s best endurance and GT championships. The Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 was the first widely popular and successful race car with over 100 copies sold and with over 200 victories.
In 2014, Gallardo was replaced with Huracan. Soon after the premiere of the road car, the new entry-level Lamborghini sports car was converted into several racing versions. The Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo debuted in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series in 2015. The other version was the Huracan GT3.
In 2014, when Lamborghini introduced the Huracan, people were intrigued by a new sports car and racing fans were eager to find out whether it will replace the victorious Gallardo GT3.
In January 2015, the waiting was over and the new Huracan GT3 race car was unveiled just in time for the 2015 race season. While the Gallardo GT3 was developed and produced in cooperation with German firm Reiter Engineering, the Huracan GT3 is in-house effort with help from Dallara experts.
The Huracan GT3 is based on the production model but with significant changes. The GT3 specifications mean that weight is down to 1240 kg for the race version and the road-going model is around 1500 kilograms. The engine is basically the same unit, the 5.2 V10, which has around 600 bhp, according to GT3 specifications.
However, the street legal Huracan is all-wheel drive, but the Huracan GT3 is rear wheel drive only. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels through the six-speed sequential gearbox.
The first official outing of the new Huracan GT3 race car was in the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series with the first race at the home ground, in Monza. The debut was victorious, with Grasser Racing Team’s #19 car winning the race. The drivers were Fabio Babini, Jeroen Mul and Andrew Palmer. Later in the season, Reiter Engineering’s duo, Nick Catsburg and Albert von Thurn und Taxis, scored one more win in the Blancpain Sprint Series, at the qualifying race in Moscow. At the end of the season, GRT was sixth in the Blancpain GT Series standings.
In 2016, Grasser Racing Team scored one more victory with Huracan GT3, at Nurburgring’s round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. The drivers in the #16 car were Rolf Ineichen, Christian Engelhart and Mirko Bortolotti.
Grasser Racing Team scored a notable victory in Huracan’s premiere in the 2015 ADAC GT Masters at Red Bull Ring, with Mirko Bortolotti and Adrian Zaugg in the cockpit of the #63 car. In 2016, four teams entered ADAC GT Masters with Lamborghini (Bonaldi Motorsport, Grasser Racing Team, HB Racing and Attempto Racing). GRT’s #63 car, driven by Engelhart and Ineichen, has won the race at Oschersleben.
During 2016, Huracan GT3 became one of the most popular cars in the national GT championships and customer teams were using a car not only in Europe but also in North America and Asia. The most successful team was Barwell Motorsport. That team used two Huracans in the British GT Championship and won four races. Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw were in the championship fight until the last race but they lost the title, finishing second in the points. At the Italian GT Championship, three teams were using Huracans (Imperiale Racing, Antonelli Motorsport and Ombra).
You can also find several Huracans in the Japanese Super GT Series, run by JLOC and Team Direction. In North America, four teams (Change Racing, Dream Racing, Paul Miller Racing, O’Gara Motorsport) were using Huracan GT3s in the GTD class of the IMSA SportsCar Championship. In August, at Virginia International Raceway, Madison Snow and Bryan Selles scored maiden Huracan’s win in the US.