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THE STORY OF A TWIN-TURBO LS SWAPPED LAMBORGHINI HURACAN, WITH PHOTOS

The Huracan Is Actually Several Lambos In One, And Will Be Going Racing

LS Swapped Lamborghini Huracan
All photos by and exclusively for MuscleCarsandTrucks.com

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.

That, Hennessey, is a Resurrection.

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.

LS Swapped Lamborghini Huracan

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.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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