In some countries, winter driving is something everyone has to learn to do. If you live somewhere with six months of the year in darkness and snow is a way of life rather than an inconvenient rarity, knowing how to get around in severe conditions is a vital skill.
And if you don’t live in the Arctic Circle you can always head to Italy with Lamborghini.
Lamborghini has returned to the ice ring in the beautiful landscape of Livigno for a three-day Accademia Neve. That’s Italian for Snow Academy, which pretty much sums up the experience.
The challenging driving experience on snow and ice provides guests with the perfect antidote to the last two years’ lost winter seasons, together with the luxury of being hosted in the best hotels and restaurants in the area. Situated in the heart of the Alps - conveniently located between Davos and St Moritz so the super-rich don’t have far to travel - the freezing daytime temperatures of around zero, dropping to around minus ten degrees at night, provide the perfect setting of ice and snow in which to test the capabilities of the Lamborghini Huracán range and Urus SUV.
Despite the global shutdown Lamborghini ended 2021 with a remarkable all-time record: 8,405 cars were delivered worldwide, making it the company’s best year ever. In the United Kingdom 564 cars were delivered in 2021, up 9% on the previous year. In terms of models, there was ongoing success for the Urus SUV with 5,021 units delivered. It was followed by the V10-powered Huracán, which saw a strong increase in sales up to 2,586 thanks to the boost provided by the Huracán STO.
If you are lucky enough to head for the Alps for some winter driving it seems a Lamborghini isn’t as crazy a choice as it sounds.
Lamborghini’s team of Squadra Corsa drivers lead the driving activities
And these drivers also deliver instruction, ensuring everyone maximises their potential and Lamborghini cars’ capabilities. The four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering Huracán EVO and Urus perfectly perform each exercise on the challenging mountain ice track, while the rear- wheel drive Huracán STO delivers high-octane thrills alongside precise race-oriented control.
2021 also saw Lamborghini present its future electrification strategy, with a constant focus on identifying technologies and solutions that can guarantee top performance and driving dynamics. More than €1.5 billion will be spent over the course of four years that will see Lamborghini launch its first hybrid production model in 2023 and electrify its entire range by the end of 2024. A fourth fully electric model is due to be added to the range in the second half of the decade.
It probably won’t make much difference to future Accademia Neve events….but if you want to hear the echo of a V10 howl bouncing off snow-capped peaks as you thread your Lamborghini through treacherous mountain passes you’ll have to book your place sooner rather than later.
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