Sometimes there’s more to a race than horsepower.
The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 has a debut dating back to 2014 – eons ago in the supercar world – but a new video shows that it still offers plenty of performance. Brooks from Drag Times races his stock Huracán against an Aventador SVJ, and the result through the quarter mile is far closer than you’d ever expect.
The Aventador SVJ packs a 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 making 746 bhp and 531 lb-ft of torque. Extensive use of carbon fibre keeps the dry weight down to 1,525 kilograms.
In comparison, the Huracán LP 610-4 has a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 making 602 bhp and 413 lb-ft. It has a dry weight of 1,422 kg.
Given the distinct power advantage and only slight drawback in weight, it seems like the Aventador SVJ should rocket away from the Huracán on the drag strip, but that doesn’t happen. Thankfully, Brooks uses the Vbox telemetry graphs to explain why.
It turns out that the transmissions are the great equalizer in this race. The Aventador SVJ uses a seven-speed Independent Shifting Road (ISR) gearbox, which is a single-clutch automated unit. Conversely, the Huracán has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
According to the graphs, the dual-clutch setup accelerates smoothly and doesn’t lose speed at all between shifts. Conversely, the Aventador’s single-clutch transmission has huge jolts in g-forces during gear changes, and the vehicle’s acceleration slows at the same time.
Brooks notes that beyond the quarter mile, the Aventador would drive away from the Huracán. At this distance, the two cars are very closely matched, though. Watch the video to see which one wins.
Source: DragTimes via YouTube