The new Lamborghini Urus has not yet been officially presented but is already being talked about, after setting the new category record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which this year is celebrating its hundredth edition. The update of the Sant’Agata Bolognese SUV will be unveiled on 21 August during the Eleganze Competition in Pebble Beach and in the meantime it has been entrusted to Simone Faggioli, hillclimb champion and Pirelli test driver, already the record holder for rear-wheel drive cars. in the 2018 edition of the most famous uphill race in the world. The time 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 curves that wind for 20 km on an altitude difference of 1439 meters and an average gradient of 7%, crossing the finish line at 4302 meters in 10: 32.064.
Not having been presented yet, the new Urus has not participated in the race, but the record time was recorded by the official timekeepers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, beating the previous record of the Bentley Bentayga (with which the Urus shares the platform and the main organs mechanics), 10: 49.902, dating back to 2018. The car, which is equipped with the standard twin-turbo V8 engine, was modified to comply with the safety regulations of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: the cockpit was equipped with a rollcage, i Standard seats were replaced with racing seats equipped with six-point safety belts and an extinguishing system was installed. Finally, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires specifically dedicated to the Urus were installed: for the first time, this semi-slick tire was developed for an SUV and, in this specific case, in collaboration with Lamborghini.
“The decision to test ourselves at Pikes Peak is part of Lamborghini’s Expect the Unexpected spirit – commented Rouven Mohr, Chief Technical Officer Automobili Lamborghini – and demonstrates the outstanding performance of the new Urus, which will be presented shortly. Pikes Peak is the most famous uphill race in the world and it is an extremely demanding challenge for the car: the shape of the track and the bumpy course test the balance of the chassis, the important change in altitude stresses the powertrain and finally the weather conditions, which change rapidly and can be very different between departure and arrival ”.