Prior to the world premiere in August 2022, Lamborghini brought the new Urus to Pikes Peak, Colorado, USA and conducted its own time trial test. Although it is not an official race day record on the course used for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, it set the course record in the commercial SUV category.
Recorded 10:32.064 driving Fagioli
This time, the driver of the revised Urus, which has not yet been announced, was Simone Faggioli, who is a hillclimb champion and a test driver for Pirelli. He set a rear-wheel-drive course record at Pikes Peak in 2018 and was tasked with driving the new camouflaged Urus.
On the day of the time attack, the entire course will be closed to traffic, and the same route as the actual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be set. Fagioli, who started at an altitude of 2862m, ran through a 12.42-mile course (about 20km) including 156 corners and passed the finish line at an altitude of 4302m with a time of 10:32.064.
Beats Bentley’s raceday record
Although not entered in the race, this time was recorded by the official timekeeper of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In addition to the official non-raceday production SUV record of 12:35.610 set by Paul Dallenbach in 2014, the Urus also holds the current record set by Rhys Millen in his Bentley Bentayga in 2018. It surpassed both raceday records of 10:49.902.
Automobili Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer Ruben Mohr commented on the achievement:
“This test at Pikes Peak and the decision to run a time attack reflects Lamborghini’s ‘expect the unexpected’ mentality. It demonstrates the excellent performance of the new Urus, which will be launched soon.”
Scheduled to officially debut in August 2022 as Urus EVO
For this time attack, the new Urus equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine is equipped with the safety equipment specified by Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The standard sports seats were changed to bucket seats with 6-point harnesses, and in addition to the roll cage, a safety fire extinguisher was also installed.
The tires (front 285/40 R22, rear 325/35 R22) are an evolved version of the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R used in the Urus. Jointly developed with Lamborghini based on Pirelli semi-slick tires developed to suit the characteristics of SUVs. A highly versatile tire that demonstrates high performance on dry road surfaces with high temperatures and wet road surfaces with low temperatures.
The new Urus is expected to debut as the Urus EVO, with a world premiere scheduled for August 2022.