Lamborghini Huracan Performante vs. Ferrari 488 Pista: Which is Better To Hire?

When you are comparing two great vehicles for your next supercar hire it can be very hard to make a decision. With prices for the Lamborghini Huracán starting from approximately £285,000, and the Ferrari Pista 488 clocking in at £350,000 and upwards, a lot is to be expected from these two supercars. Even the names of these extraordinary vehicles are perfectly suited, with Lamborghini’s Huracán being an obvious nod to the sheer power of the car, whilst Ferrari’s Pista, meaning “track” or “get out of the way” in Italian, is a more subtle reference, but one which is undeniably fitting.

In terms of speed and acceleration alone, the Pista is superior, but not by a large margin. The Huracán can hit 62mph from rest in a mere 2.9 seconds—approximately 9% faster than the previous model of Huracán—and has a top speed of 202mph. By contrast, Ferrari claims that the Pista can reach go from 0 to 62mph in 2.8 seconds, a fraction faster than the Huracán, and can beat the Huracán’s top speed by a fraction as well with its top speed being 211mph.

The Huracán is made from Lamborghini’s new, patented, ultra-lightweight carbon fiber composite material. This is a revolutionary material which can be molded into complex shapes, meaning much of the car is made from a single sheet of the carbon fiber.

Lamborghini has focused heavily during the design stage on making the car aerodynamic. The Huracán’s flaps can close for the maximum downforce and they can open with an electro-actuator to allow for air flow (which is supposed to be 80% lighter than standard hydraulic systems). The rear wing of the car has been designed with an inner air channel which allows aero vectoring (since it splits to the left and the right) for hitting corners at high speeds. Lamborghini has made the bold claim that this feature gives the Huracán Performante 750% greater downforce compared to the standard model Huracán that doesn’t have a wing feature. The Performante uses a Haldex permanent four-wheel-drive and can be controlled electronically, whilst also sporting a mechanical self-locking rear differential.

Ferrari, by contrast, still uses aluminum in the majority of its construction, although it has included a number of carbon fiber panels and seems to have lost enough weight to be an exceptional supercar all the same. The engine and exhausts were lightened, and in doing so Ferrari not only reduce the weight of this otherwise heavy track racer but it also affects the sound of the engine—and it is phenomenal. The engine note is sharper, much louder and describing the sounds as a roar has never been more appropriate.

In terms of the actual driving experience, both supercars are said to be a pleasure to drive. Test driver for the Huracán, Marco Mapelli, described this highly composed car as being easy to drive on the limit and that the tire traction was so good, he could spend more time hurtling along at full throttle. Again the Ferrari Pista seems to come out on top, however, is described as having exception grip and agility and the chassis is perfectly balanced. Other than in slow corners, where there is slight understeer, the Pista feels almost completely neutral. The tyres, developed specifically for the pista by Michelin, offer terrific grip whilst still being compliant on the Italian country roads that the car was briefly driven on.             While the decision may be hard when deciding between these vehicles for your supercar hire. One thing is for sure, no matter which vehicle you choose you will not be disappointed.

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