The third generation of Lamborghini’s Huracán GT3 – the EVO2 – will make its debut in early 2023, and thereafter will be eligible to compete in the 24H SERIES.
Words – James Gent
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Lamborghini has revealed the third generation of its Huracán GT3, the track-going counterpart to the Italian marque’s Huracán STO roadcar.
Meeting new FIA technical regulations for 2022, the Huracán GT3 EVO2 will be eligible to compete in the 24H SERIES from the 2023 season onwards.
Developed by Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse racing department, the design of the new GT3 EVO2 focuses more on aerodynamic upgrades rather than an overhauled powertrain. The 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 at the heart of the GT3 thus remains relatively unchanged, save the introduction of new electronically-actuated throttle bodies that are said to increase the efficiency of the V10. Similarly, a new roof snorkel now feeds cooling air directly to the engine itself, while the previous car’s side intakes are now dedicated solely to cooling the engine bay as a whole.
When adjusted for Balance of Performance, the V10, which produces 640hp in the road-going STO, will nevertheless be capable of just over 500hp in the GT3 EVO2.
Another significant change concerns the carbon fibre bodywork, which now features a new front splitter, sills and underfloor – “coated with high-strength Zylon fibre” – to help improve the aerodynamic airflow, while a new spoiler, mounted on mounted on aluminum alloy pillars, and a new rear diffuser further increase downforce generated at the rear axle.
The bodywork is attached to the same hybrid carbonfibre and aluminium chassis as before, and continues to roll atop 18in wheels front and rear, though the braking system has now been updated with new calipers and pads designed specifically to “optimize performance in both endurance and sprint races.” The traction control and ABS has also been tweaked to make the Huracán easy to control in low-grip conditions, particularly for gentlemen drivers. Safety standards have also been improved courtesy of the new integrated roll cage, which is further bolstered with new carbon-Kevlar honeycomb side panels and two additional rear pillars.
Following its debut at Daytona next January, interested customers can take delivery of the new Huracán GT3 EVO2 from Q3 this year ahead of the 2023 season. Owners of the previous generation GT3 can retrofit to EVO2 specifications via an evolution kit.
“The new Huracán GT3 EVO2 is not simply an evolution of the current car,” Lamborghini Head of Motorsport Giorgio Sanna explains. “It’s a new project that reinforces the technological transfer between Lamborghini’s motorsport division and the company and inherits two difficult tasks: to prove as successful as the previous generations of Huracán GT3, which have won more than 40 international titles in six seasons, and to match its commercial success by helping to reach the target of 500 Huracán racing cars since 2015.”
Having succeeded the Lamborghini Gallardo on-track, a Super Trofeo edition of the new Huracán made its debut in the 24H SERIES with perennial Raging Bull customer Leipert Motorsport at Circuit Paul Ricard in 2015. The GT3 counterpart meanwhile would make its first series appearance one year at the Hankook 12H MUGELLO with the factory-based GRT Grasser Racing Team.
Since then, the Huracán has gone on to take more than a dozen class wins in the 24H SERIES as well as multiple pole positions at the Hankook 24H DUBAI and outright victory at the Hankook 24H BARCELONA with Barwell Motorsport in 2019. At the end of that season, Leipert Motorsport secured the Overall GT Teams’ championship in the 24H SERIES Continents with its Huracán Super Trofeo. The German team also entered a GT3 example most recently at the 2021 Hankook 12H HOCKENHEIMRING, securing the final spot on the overall podium in the process.