Though multiple Spanish Hillclimb Champion, José António Lopez Fombona, is nearing his 70th birthday, he hasn’t lost any of the speed which helped him become a legend in his local hillclimbing scene. His steed of choice is the Lamborghini Huracan SuperTrofeo: a 620-horsepower GT rocket, which offers a little more for the discerning gentleman driver who doesn’t get enough from a GT3 Cup Car. It has the heavy metal soundtrack, the stealth fighter looks, and the agility offered by its 2,800-pound weight and 305F/315R-section slicks. Therefore, even if Fombona was just a slouch, he could still turn heads with this stellar machine.
Fortunately, Fombona puts on a masterclass, and in doing so, showcases why this particular car is surprisingly well-suited to hillclimbing. It appears to have a benign chassis balance; oversteering mildly in slow corners (1:11) and maintaining great stability with slight, reassuring understeer as the speeds increase. An undisclosed amount of torque from the 5.2-liter V10 fires the SuperTrofeo out of slow hairpins, and a 9-stage traction-control system ensures that power is deployed efficiently.
Also useful for these uneven, bumpy roads: 12-stage ABS. Though the braking distances are quite long, they look dependable and not once does Fombona lock a wheel. They prove useful on the uneven surface, and like the rest of the car, obviously confidence-inspiring. With a paddle-shifted, six-speed X-Trac gearbox, Fambona can keep his hands on the wheel and keep his car away from the guardrails, looking like a hero. His driving is wonderful, as is the Huracan SuperTrofeo — a car which encourages the skilled driver, protects the amateur, and serves as a great platform for drivers of all levels of experience (but only a few tax brackets) to enter into GT racing — and the occasional hillclimb.