In early 2017, Porsche 918’s ‘Ring record was decimated by a less powerful Huracan Performante. This proved Lamborghini ALA System is an engineering marvel.
Earlier this year, news started arriving from the green hell that something low and wide was doing things around the circuit that might have been in to record breaking territory. And the rumours were right, the insanely fast lap record around the circuit set by Porsche 918 had been breached, rather shattered. In those realms going faster by almost 5 seconds around a lap is equivalent to ages. And this was not even the most interesting part of the news. The record breaking 6:52.01 lap around Nürburgring was set by a ferocious Lamborghini Huracan Performante that had 640bhp and 600Nm of peak torque, some 200+bhp less than the car it had beaten. How did that happen, well because of Lamborghini ALA System, or to say Lamborghini Active Aerodynamics.
The Lamborghini ALA System is the latest of technological marvels from the Italian maker. The ALA or Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva, utilizes two spoilers to create optimum air pressures throughout the car. These can maximize or minimize drag as per the requirement. These make sure that under acceleration the car can cut through the air will least possible resistance leading to acceleration figures like 0-200kmph in just 8.9 seconds. On the other hand, while braking these spoilers optimize the air flow accordingly to provide as much additional grip as possible. This Lamborghini ALA System can also split downforce in the middle of a corner which in Lamborghini language is called, Aerovectoring. This means that the Huracan Performante can manage more downforce on the inside wheels that need more grip thereby allowing much higher cornering speeds with less steering angle.
Considering how the Lamborghini ALA System managed to make a clearly ‘less’ powerful Huracan Performante decimate the Porsche 918 lap record, it has been a revelation of the Italian car makers brilliance. Coming to think of it, the poor car did not even have a hybrid system to boast about. Splendid.
All this technological and mechanical masterclass is precisely explained by the smart blokes at Engineering Explained in the video below.