It’s our fifth day out in Dubai, and we’re on our way to the Yas Marina Circuit again for a very exciting evening. They have flown personnel over from Italy to host an STO event and, as always, I’m bringing you along with me to experience it.
We drove a Lamborghini Huracan STO on the channel a few months back, putting it through its paces on the bumpy roads of Oxfordshire. At the time, one of my closing statements was reflecting on how great it would be to test this car out on a circuit and see what it’s truly capable of. Little did I know that, a few months later, I would have the joy of seeing the same car on a hot, sticky asphalt at an international Formula-1 Grand Prix circuit.
For me, it’s more about the good times than the lap times, even though these cars are crazy fast! The new Huracan STO runs a 631bhp V10 with an 8500rpm redline, and it sounds incredible and with revised handling, improved aero and downforce and amazing carbon brakes.
Arriving at the track, I can hear STO’s racing around the track from miles off - it is a driving experience that thrills from start to finish! This truly highlights the relationship between the engine, exhaust and gearbox, creating a crescendo of V10 symphony.
Out on the circuit, blue flames are flying out the exhaust of the car in front of me as we speed our way around the track. One of the defining features has to be the brakes which are absolutely amazing, with the technology used in designing them drawing learnings from endurance and F1 racing. This means that as they get temperature in them, they actually work better; utilising a closer to carbon-carbon mix, they thrive off of heat.
Whilst this car was brilliant back home, it really comes into its own out on the track and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to experience the STO in its natural habitat.