August 15th, 2022 by


Lamborghini clocks a new SUV record with its unreleased Lamborghini Urus. The record was achieved on August 10, in Colorado Springs, on the track used for the famous uphill race the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

According to Lamborghini, the debut of the new Urus will occur on August 19, 2022. The model set a new record in the production SUV category, surpassing the 2018 Bentley Bentayga, the previous holder of the production SUV race day record. In addition to breaking the race day record for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the Urus also broke the non-race day manufacturer record set by Paul Dallenbach in 2014.

The Lamborghini Urus broke the race day record by nearly 18 seconds and is now the SUV hill champion. Hillclimb champion and test driver Simone Faggioli drove the Super SUV. The driver set the record for the rear-wheel drive in the 2018 “Race to the Clouds” on Pikes Peak. Faggioli was the right person to be entrusted with the new Lamborghini Urus, which was unofficially presented for the race in a camouflage wrap.

While the SUV didn’t compete in the official event that was held at the end of June, its time was recorded by Pikes Peak’s official timekeepers.

Rouven Mohr, The Chief Technical Officer at Lamborghini stated, “The decision to test ourselves at Pikes Peak reflects the Lamborghini spirit of ‘expect the unexpected’,  and demonstrates the outstanding performance of the new Urus model to be presented shortly,”

He also stated:

“Pikes Peak is the most famous Hillclimb event in the world, as well as being extremely challenging for the car: the uneven track layout tests the chassis’ balance; the significant altitude differences stress the powertrain, and the weather conditions can change very rapidly between start to finish.” 

The Urus, according to Lamborghini, comes standard with a twin-turbo V8 engine. However, it was changed to conform with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb’s safety rules. The Brand was required to allow the passenger compartment to be furnished with a roll cage, the regular seats were changed with race seats including a six-point harness, and a fire suppression system was installed.

Additionally, there were adjustments to the tires. The tires (285/40 R22 and 325/35 R22) are a development of the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R used on the Urus. Lamborghini reveals that the Pirelli semi-slick rubber has been produced for the first time to satisfy the specifications of an SUV, with this variation being developed in collaboration with Lamborghini. They say that because of this partnership, tires with improved versatility have been developed, capable of delivering high performance on a variety of surfaces, including dry asphalt and wet surfaces, as well as withstanding a range of temperatures. Lamborghini explains that the vehicle is not subject to directive 1999/94/EC because it is not yet available for sale. Therefore, the fuel consumption and emissions data are in the approval stage.

Source: Automobili Lamborghini America

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