The Lamborghini Murciélago has achieved three international speed records for a series production car: the greatest distance covered by a series production car in one hour, and fastest times to complete 100km and 100 miles.
The testing took place on the night of 16 February 2002, at Italy’s Prototipo ring. Driven by development test driver Giorgio Sanna, the Lamborghini ran without any modifications, creating a new class of record for unmodified Category B, Group II, Class 18 cars. The classification refers to series production cars with a four-stroke non-turbo reciprocating engine, and total engine displacement over 6,000cc. Due to the absence of any modifications, it was only possible to re-fuel via a ‘normal’ re-fueling stop, rather than the quick release system used by racing cars. Testing was hampered by harsh weather conditions that would have prevented any car’s optimum performance. However, the Murciélago’s weight distribution, suspension, chassis, aerodynamics and four-wheel drive characteristics facilitated not only safe driving at maximum speed, but a record-breaking performance in extreme weather conditions.
The Murciélago then went on to claim a further two records, with the car passing the 100km marker after just 18:44.9 minutes, and 100 miles after 30:09 minutes, completed at average speeds of 320.023km/h and 320.254km/h (198.996mph) respectively. These records are currently being officially approved by the FIA.Published 21 March 2002