There’s an afterlife for cars. At least for those deemed worthy of saving. What you see before you is a Lamborghini Huracan that’s been brought back from the dead, thanks to no-holds-barred engineering, and a desire to resurrect something beautiful. What was originally a scorched rarity that was lost in a fire has been rescued with the help of a Garrett twin-turbo LS swap, replacing the original V10, as well as various body panels from a Huracan Super Trofeo race car out of Poland, as we’ve found out. Which is fitting, as the afterlife for this now LS swapped Lamborghini Huracan is to go racing at the drag strip.
The LS Swapped Lamborghini Huracan was saved by YouTube personality Chris Steinbacher of B is for Build. Originally, the car was a 2015 Lamborghini Huracan that, surprise surprise, caught fire in the engine bay, and incinerated the motor, as well as the rear end entirely. Needless to say, Steinbacher bought what was left of the supercar for a bargain, which was originally green, at the the end of May 2019. He and his team then chopped off what couldn’t be spared (both the front and the rear), and kept the rest. The result is the world’s first manual transmission, LS-powered, twin-turbocharged Huracan.
Behind the cabin of the LS swapped Lamborghini Huracan is a highly modified small block from tuners Texas Speed that’s normally found in American muscle cars, opened up to 430 cubic inches (just over 7-liters), with a pair of Garrett GTX3582R Gen II boosters fitted up top. The Graziano transmission was sourced from an Audi R8. designer Khyzyl Saleem penned the minimalist design, with the Huracan Super Trofeo carbon fiber body panels fitted in such a contrasting way that the supercar looks like a prototype in a way. In a sense, it is. Also, final assembly took place in a parking lot.
Here are some more of our exclusive details. We were told by the folks at Garrett that this Huracan weighs only 2,700 pounds. Meanwhile the engine, we were told, makes around 800 horsepower currently, but with a bit more work, this twin-turbo LS V8 will be good for around 1,500 horsepower. That’s even more than a Bugatti Chiron, and would feature an amazing power:weight ratio of less than than two pounds per horsepower. Easily, it will perform burnouts “by accident.”
Aside from being a show stopper, this LS swapped Lamborghini Huracan will spend the rest of its afterlife at the drag strip, where it’s incredible power from the twin turbskies will gap nearly any adversary short of a door slammer.
The vehicle can be seen for one more day at the Garrett Performance Booth, just next to the massive Chevrolet Performance exhibit in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
A video is provided below, supplemented by our own exclusive and detailed photo gallery just below that. Was it the craziest build at the 2019 SEMA Show? You’ll have to watch this space in the coming days to make sure.