Lamborghini Urus SUV sets new record, clocks 298km/h on ice
At the 'Day of Speed' event in Russia, the Lamborghini Urus SUV with Andrey Leontyev behind the wheel, has set a new speed record on ice by clocking 298km/h. This is the first instance of the Italian automaker taking part in the annual festival organized by LAV-racing company, which is dedicated to setting speed records on ice. Here are more details.
The car recorded a faster top-speed during practice
The event was held at Lake Baikal in Russia, known as the world's largest and deepest freshwater lake. During practice runs, the Urus recorded a faster speed by clocking 302km/h. The car also set a 1km record at an average speed of 114km/h from a standstill. Despite the significant warming of the ice and other precarious conditions, the feat was still managed.
Official data will be released in April
Russian driver Andrey Leontyev, who is an 18-time 'Days of Speed' record-holder, was behind the wheel of the Urus. The Russian Automobile Federation (RAF) and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) supervised the claimed record-setting run and shall release the official data next month.
Audi RS6 clocked 335.7km/h on ice in 2013
Meanwhile, in 2013, at Finland's Gulf of Bothnia, the Audi RS6 had clocked the fastest recorded speed on ice (335.7km/h). However, the authenticity of the record has not been validated by any credible automotive body. Not everyone seems to be interested in these top-speed records as Callaway Cars - known for its record-setter Callaway SledgeHammer - have called them "largely a waste of time."
Here's a look at the Lamborghini Urus
The Lamborghini Urus features a sloping roofline, a honeycomb mesh grille, sleek headlights, and multi-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, there is a luxurious 5-seater cabin with a touchscreen infotainment system, parking sensors, and multiple airbags. It draws power from a 4.0-liter Twin Turbo V8 engine linked to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The mill makes 641hp of maximum power and 850Nm of peak torque.