The new Lamborghini Urus, just a few days before its official unveiling, stole the limelight by setting the new sanctioned production SUV record on the high-altitude track of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, the world’s most famous uphill race, now in its 100th edition.
Driver Simone Faggioli, a time trial champion and Pirelli test driver, tackled the 156 turns of the track starting from an altitude of 2,862 meters, covering the 20 km with an elevation gain of 1,439 meters and an average gradient of 7%, and crossing the finish line at 4,302 meters with a record time of 10:32.064, compared to the 10:49.902 time of the Bentley Bentayga in 2018.
“The decision to challenge ourselves at Pikes Peak fits into Lamborghini’s Expect the Unexpected spirit,” commented Rouven Mohr, Chief Technical Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, “and demonstrates the absolutely outstanding performance of the new Urus.”
The cockpit, seats and seatbelts of the car, which is equipped with the standard twin-turbo V8 engine, were modified to comply with the safety regulations of the “race to the clouds” track. As for the tires, Pirelli and Lamborghini worked together to create an SUV version of the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R semi-slick tire to increase its versatility necessary for improving performance on both dry asphalt with high ambient temperatures and wet surfaces with colder temperatures.