Apart from the SUV Urus, no Lambo model is a typical winter car. Winter driving training with a supercar doesn’t make much sense — but it’s more fun.
- Mario Bory/A&W Verlag
Just before nine in the morning. It was already dawn, but the sun was still hiding behind the mountains. Livigno wakes up from an icy night in the high valley of Italy between the Engadine and South Tyrol. The first winter sports enthusiasts head to the ski area with 115 kilometers of runs. You’ll be amazed as one Lamborghini Urus winds its way through the village. A convoy of super SUVs is on its way to the driving training area.At the steering wheel, the coach, the drivers of all Lamborghini jobs, and in the spacious rear, the participants of the “Esperienza Accademia Neve”, which is what Lamborghini calls winter driving training
Exclusive driving pleasure
Driving training is not an exclusive event. Esperienza means experience in German, so it’s more of a winter driving experience. Almost all of the Italian sports car manufacturer’s models are named after the famous Spanish bullfighting breed or individual bull, and since 2012 has been organizing these events in Livigno. After the mandatory Corona break, around 100 Lamborghini owners, potential customers and other wealthy enthusiasts will be there this year. They are directly invited by the Lamborghini factory, come from their dealer or pay for the three-day event, which, in addition to the driving part, includes two nights in a five-star hotel and two gourmet dinners and other meals, out of their own pocket. Cost: Nearly 10,000 euros, not including travel. A total of six such three-day events will take place in 2022, with 16 participants each. One of them invited various media, with “20 Minutes” as the only Swiss representative.
world premiere on ice
The sun was now above the mountain, shining brightly on the waiting Rambos. This way the participants don’t have to sit in a cold car, start the engine and turn on the heat. There are four all-new Huracán STOs (5.2-liter, V10, 640 hp, starting at CHF 339,000), which can be privately driven for the first time ever, and five Huracán EVOs (5.2-liter, V10, 640 hp, starting at CHF 251,000) ) And three Urus (4-liter, V8, twin-turbo, 650 hp, starting at 161,000 francs) are available for the group – all with spiked winter tires. After the theory section in the chic log cabin and a few laps in the passenger seat to learn about the ice track, you can sit behind the wheel yourself.
All-wheel drive brings it
The goal is not to be as fast as possible, like on the track. It is necessary to cover the entire process in the drift, from one corner to the next, steering with the gas pedal. The best way to do this is with the all-wheel drive Huracán EVO. The V10 naturally aspirated engine also works well in the high-speed range thanks to traction on all wheels, and with a little practice and flair, power drifting becomes child’s play. Despite having the same engine, the rear-wheel-drive Huracán STO is harder to tame. The adjustable rear spoiler and specially shaped underbody provide 420kg of contact pressure on the track (at 280), and the lightweight construction is useless on ice. Just a little too much gas and super racer spins. The two-and-a-half-ton Urus was even more difficult. On the one hand, you have to accelerate a lot until the turbo of the V8 kicks in, but you have to dose it up to keep torque high and not approach corners too quickly. Because once the Lambo SUV slides over the front wheels, the controlled drift is over.
After about six hours of driving fun, and after the sun had disappeared over the mountains again, we took the Urus shuttle back to the hotel before enjoying an exclusive dinner at the Mountain Restaurant. After these two eventful and enlightening days, every participant has more or less achieved their goals. Finally a small game. In the eyes of the coach, whoever creates the most beautiful drift on the ice wins the Lamborghini Huracán STO – a ratio of 1:24. That’s all: the winner is from Switzerland.
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