Jared sets the BIC on fire with a couple of raging bulls…
Now I’m no stranger to the Buddh Internationl Circuit, as we’ve had the privilege to drive some very special cars there – but this day was going to be a little extra special.
As it turns out, India appears to be a fairly important market for Lamborghini. So, the Italian manufacturer decided to launch the brand new rear-wheel drive Huracan in the country just days after its global launch. And to make the launch a little more interesting, Lamborghini also decided to hold a special track day experience – which they call the Lamborghini Esperienza.
The Lamborghini Esperienza is conducted to highlight the extreme performance, power and control that their cars have to offer. There are instructors who’ll help customers learn the proper cornering techniques, control a loss of traction and sharpen reaction times – all from behind the wheel of Lamborghinis. The driving exercises, Lamborghini factory-trained instructors, quality wheel time, and unparalleled hospitality make this driving programme very interesting and exciting.
Since the day focuses on the experience of driving a Lamborghini, it seems only fair to avoid reviewing the cars and just sticking with how the day went. While, I have driven the Gallardo, and I have been in the cockpit of the Aventador, I haven’t driven the Huracan before. So the day started with me getting behind the wheel of the Aventador LP 700-4. Having very little driving time in a Lamborghini, I must say that it’s fairly difficult to get in and out of these super cars – especially since I’m fairly tall and weigh more than I should. When I first tried to get in the Aventador, I had to take off my helmet because there was no way I could have driven the car with it on. The cabin is tight, but, of course, it looks and feels like you’re in a fighter jet. The Aventador, obviously, is loud and mean – and, with 700bhp, acceleration is unreal. The steering is extremely responsive, and the electronics make sure you never lose control. With only 3 laps though, I didn’t have much time to fiddle around with the settings.
The next car I drove was the Huracan LP 610-4, and having never sat in the car I was relieved when I fit easily in the driver’s seat. The cabin is a little less outrageous than the Aventador, but it’s still extremely sporty. Just like the Aventador, the car has three settings – Strada, Sport and Corsa – that adjust parameters ranging from throttle and steering response to the stiffness of the magnetic ride shock absorbers. This time I choose to drive only in Corsa. While many purists would disagree, I must say that the transmission is so impressive that shifting manually would be robbing the car of its performance. While I prefer a traditional stick shift, Lamborghini no longer offers any models with a manual transmission – because they simply don’t need it. The Huracán is the first Lamborghini to sport a dual-clutch transmission, with the new unit using seven forward gears. The flagship Aventador makes use of a different 7-speed automated manual with a single clutch.
What stood out for me was the manner in which these cars drive, which is extremely user-friendly – such that almost anyone can drive them despite their complexity and massive power. Needless to say, it was a fabulous day spent behind the wheel of these two fantastic Italian supercars.