Automobili Lamborghini made its inaugural appearance at the Days of Speed on the ice of Lake Baikal with the Urus SUV. Lake Baikal is a massive rift lake located in southern Serbia and Russia. The lake is said to be the largest freshwater body by volume in the world and is also said to be the deepest. It contains 22 to 23% of the world’s fresh surface water (5,670 cu-mi). However, in the winter, the whole top layer of the lake is frozen. The perfect place to try and set a top speed record for a super SUV. Lamborghini has announced that during the Days of Speed event held on the lake, the Urus SUV clocked a top speed of 298 km/h. LAV-racing is the organiser for the Days of Speed sporting event which is dedicated to setting speed records on ice.
Lamborghini set a new 1,000-meter record with an average speed of 114 km/h with a standing start. Behind the wheel of the Urus was a man who knows a thing or two about driving fast on frozen lakes. The Urus set the record with Andrey Leontyev as the pilot. Leontyev is an 18-time Days of Speed Russian record-holder. He was able to clock the record-breaking and impressive 298 km/h. This was achieved despite the significant warming of the ice.
Lamborghini claims that during practice runs, the Urus clocked a maximum speed of 302 km/h. However, as they were practice runs, they do not count. The event and the record were officiated by the FIA and the RAF (Russian Automobile Federation). Official data and results will be released later in April.
Leontyev had the support from the Urus’ 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine which whips out 650 hp and 850 Nm of torque. On a paved road, the Urus will do 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and reach 200 km/h in 12.8 seconds. Of course, the top speed is north of 305 km/h.
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