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Lamborghini takes SUV record at Pikes Peak with the new Urus

Lamborghini takes SUV record at Pikes Peak with the new Urus


The new Super SUV model covers 20 km and 156 turns in 10:32.064

Sant’Aqata Boloqnese/Colorado Springs -Ahead of its premiere in mid-August, the yet-to-be-revealed new Urus’ model set a new record in the production SUV category on the track used for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: the famous uphill race that recently celebrated its 100th Running.

Hill Climb champion and Pirelli test driver Simone Faggioli, holder of the rear-wheel drive record set in the 2018 ‘Race to the Clouds’ on Pikes Peak, was entrusted with the new Urus, sporting a camouflage wrap ahead of its official presentation. The timed attack took place on the same route as the race, with the road closed to traffic for the occasion. Starting from an altitude of 2862 meters, Faggioli tackled the 156 turns that wind for 20 km (12.42 miles)ascending a further altitude of 1439 meters over an average gradient of 7%, and crossing the finish line at 4302 meters (14,115 ft) in 10:32.064.

Yet to make its formal debut, the new Urus was not entered in the official race but the timewas recorded by the official timekeepers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The Urusbested both the previous PPIHC sanctioned non-race da manufacturer record of 12:35.610set by Paul Dallenbach in 2014, and the current race day record of 10:49.902 held by RhysMillen, set in 2018, in a Bentley Bentayga.

“The decision to test ourselves at Pikes Peak reflects the Lamborghini spirit of expect theunexpected’, and demonstrates the outstanding performance of the new Urus model to bepresented shortly,” said Rouven Mohr, Automobili Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer. “PikesPeak is the most famous hillclimb event in the world, as well as being extremely challenqingfor the car: the uneven track layout tests the chassis’ balance; the significant altitudedifferences stress the powertrain; and the weather conditions can change very rapidlybetween start to finish.”

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The Urus, equipped with the standard twin-turbo V8 engine, was modified to comply with the safety regulations of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: the passenger compartment is equipped with a roll cage; the standard seats replaced by a race seat with six-point harness; and a fire extinguishing system was installed.

The tires (sizes 285/40 R22 and 325/35 R22) are an evolution of the Urus’ Pirelli P ZeroTrofeo R. For the first time, the Pirelli semi-slick tire has been developed to meet thecharacteristics of an SUV, with this particular variant developed in cooperation withLamborghini. The result of the collaboration is a tire with increased versatility, returning high performance both on dry asphalt and high ambient temperatures and on wet surafces with colder temperatures.