Lamborghini recently sent its new Huracan Performante around the Nurburgring in a dizzying 6:52.01, which is faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder, Lamborghini Aventador SV, Nissan GT-R Nismo and every other supercar on earth. It’s an amazing technical achievement and indicative of the engineering that went into the car, which is exactly why Ferrari won’t be trying to top it.
Ferrari has always been less about performance, lap times and technical parameters and more about the way a car makes you feel. Sure, Ferraris are fast, but the engineers in Maranello will happily forego some performance in exchange for a raw, visceral driving experience. Take the LaFerrari, for example. Ferrari could have given it all-wheel drive with electric torque vectoring and a more powerful turbocharged engine, but that wouldn’t be the Ferrari way. Instead, it has a screaming naturally aspirated V12 and rear-wheel drive. Not surprisingly, it’s often cited as the most connected of the three hybrid hypercars (the other two being the 918 and McLaren P1.)
Speaking to Top Gear, Chief technical engineer at Ferrari, Michael Leiters said Ferrari has no intention on chasing the Performante’s Nurbrugring time with a hardcore version of the 488 GTB. Instead of copying the competition, the Maranello-based automaker will stay focused on delivering a driving experience that no other automaker can offer.
“I don’t want to follow this announcement”, Leiters told TG. “We never announce times. For me, the Nürburgring is a technical target, an engineering target. It is the most challenging circuit, and it’s true, if you are quick at the ‘Ring, your car will tend to behave very well on normal streets, because you need a set-up that’s less hard than a racing set-up.”
“There are so many things that can have an impact, and so many variables you can play with to set a lap record…I don’t like that,” he added. “For me, a lap time is just an internal engineering target. I’m not thinking about setting records.”
In case your interested in seeing the Performante’s insane lap of the Green Hell, we’ve embedded it below.