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Off-road Huracan Sterrato concept revealed as Lamborghini rediscovers the joy of terrain sports driving

By Paul Connolly

Lamborghini has unveiled an off-road concept of its Huracan hypercar.

The Sterrato concept is a terrain version of the Huracan Evo model, one of the latest versions of the famous £155k+ sports car.

The Sterrato has a raised ride height, flared wheel arches, skid plates and other modifications to allow it to perform in harsh terrain, including desert.

The Italian manufacturer says the concept is inspired by Lamborghini’s 1970 desert rally cars, the Jamara and Urraco.

Last year the company launched the Urus Super SUV, and Lamborghini says the Sterrato incorporates a “transfer of technologies creating a super sports car for challenging environments”.

Under the bonnet is the same The Sterrato concept is based on the Huracán EVO with the same 640bhp 5.2 litre naturally-aspirated engine found in the Evo.

The Huracán EVO’s LDVI (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) system uses predictive logic to control the Sterrato’s systems including 4WD, four-wheel steering, modified suspension and torque vectoring.

The driving dynamics are calibrated for off-road and include low-adherence surfaces, tuned to maximize traction and acceleration.

The manufacturer says the Sterrato “is created for demanding environments”, ground clearance heightened by 47 mm, the car’s front approach sharpened by 1% and the departure angle enhanced by 6.5%.

The wheel track is enhanced front and rear by 30 mm, with 20” wheels on balloon tires set into new wide-body wheel arches with integrated air intakes, giving the Sterrato a “commanding presence that makes clear its abilities”. 

Specially-developed larger tyres with increased side walls improve the asperity absorption and grip.

As well as extensive aluminium skid plates underneath, special protective composite bodywork includes stone-deflecting protection around the engine and air intakes and mud guards in hybrid materials of carbon fibre and elastomeric resin.

A specially-designed interior trim features a new lightweight titanium roll cage, four-point seatbelts to the new carbon bi-shell sports seats, and aluminium floor panels.  

“The Huracan Sterrato illustrates Lamborghini’s commitment to being a future shaper: a super sports car with off-road capabilities, the Sterrato demonstrates the Huracan’s versatility and opens the door to yet another benchmark of driving emotion and performance,” said Lamborghini’s Maurizio Reggiani.

It’s unclear if the Sterrato will make it into production, or instead serve as a development model for future cars. Given the apparent advanced state of the car, the former is a distinct possibility.

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