The rear-drive STO is Lamborghini’s maddest Huracán yet

You might be looking at the maddest series-production Lamborghini in a long time. This is the Huracán STO, and it’s the closest we’ve yet got to a Lambo Super Trofeo or GT3 racecar for the road (STO stands for Super Trofeo Omologata).

Which means, crucially, it’s rear-wheel drive. Where all of the crazed Superleggeras, Performante,, and SVs of recent years have stayed all-wheel drive, Lambo has binned the Huracán’s front driveshafts for the STO while pouring in a load of tech from those track-honed specials that precede it.

Rear-wheel steering. Torque vectoring. Magneride suspension. A wealth of driving modes. Three-quarters of its panels are carbon fiber, helping counteract any extra tech to ensure the STO weighs 43kg less than a Performante, while producing 53 percent more downforce.

There’s no mistaking its intent from the outside. The traditional frunk hood of the mid-engined supercar has gone, the front bonnet, wings, and bumper all bled into a single panel called the ‘cofango’. Since you rightly ask, that’s a portmanteau of the Italian words for the hood (cofano) and fender (parafango). Yet more evidence it’s a language with significantly more poetry to it than ours.

The cofango’s benefits are numerous: it’s lighter, it increases airflow for both engine cooling and aero, it solidifies the STO’s link to the race paddock, and it sounds like a lost lyric from Bohemian Rhapsody. The drama continues as you make your way around the car. The engine gulps in more air via a huge roof scoop and then there’s the fin. This ought to help make the STO just as drivable as any AWD Huracán, creating more yaw stability during cornering by doing something with the surrounding air that our tiny little minds can’t quite fathom.