67-Year-Old Pushes Lamborghini Huracan SuperTrofeo To The Limit

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.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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