Lamborghini Urus Is Now The World’s Fastest Car On Ice

The Lamborghini Urus has recently broken the top-speed record on the ice of Lake Baikal. 

It would really seem that the Volkswagen Group is really keen on setting speed records, regardless of what form they come in. 

Perhaps because the Bugatti Chiron had lost its production car top speed crown to Koenigsegg (or SSC depending on who you ask), the German auto conglomerate has begun to experiment with claiming other (wackier) speed titles like the indoor speed record that was clinched not too long ago with a Porsche Taycan. If that wasn’t ludicrous enough though, Lamborghini has recently set the high-speed record on the ice of Lake Baikal.  

Set during the Days of Speed event that took place on the frozen lake of Southern Siberia, the blue super-SUV that was entered by the manufacturer managed an impressive 298 km/h during its record breaking run. During the run too, the Urus also managed to set the 1,000-metre speed record of the event with an average speed of 114 km/h from a standing start. 

Moreover, with 18-time Days of Speed record-holder Andrey Leontyev behind the wheel, there was even a time that the Urus managed to reach an even higher unofficial top speed of 302 km/h. Considering the near-zero grip levels on the sheet ice and the strong gusts of wind that is prevalent on Lake Baikal, this is certainly an impressive feat indeed by the Lamborghini SUV. 

On the subject of the Lamborghini SUV, the Urus is powered by a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 that outputs a more-than-healthy 650 hp and 850 Nm of torque. One of the fastest SUVs on the market today with the best power to weight ratio and highest specific power output in its class, this practical raging bull can rocket from 0-100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 305 km/h, on tarmac at least.  

Speaking more about the Days of Speed festival, this is an annual event held on Lake Baikal by LAV-racing company and is dedicated to to setting record speeds on ice. An official event that adheres to all FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and RAF (Russian Automobile Federation) regulations, the prior fastest speed set on the lake was by a Porsche Panamera Turbo S at 295 km/h. 

PRESS RELEASE: Automobili Lamborghini took part for the first time in the Days of Speed on the ice of Lake Baikal, with the Lamborghini Urus Super SUV powering through extreme challenge to set the 1,000-meter record, at 114 km/h average speed from a standing start.

Piloted by the 18-time Days of Speed Russian record-holder Andrey Leontyev, the maximum recorded speed of the Urus during the record-breaking sprint was an impressive 298 km/h, despite significant warming of the ice on the world’s deepest lake.  During the practice runs, the SuperSUV had even reached a maximum speed of 302 km/h.  Official data registered by the FIA and the RAF (Russian Automobile Federation) will be published in April.

The Lamborghini Urus demonstrated outstanding performance and exceptional maneuverability on the ice despite the challenges of slippery conditions causing reduced traction, and strong gusts of wind.  

“Lamborghini always sets ambitious and bold goals, reinforcing the unparalelled performance benchmarks we set for our products and endorsing the innate innovation and technical prowess of our super sports cars. This extreme challenge has once again proven that the Urus Super SUV delivers the inherent performance expected of a Lamborghini in terms of acceleration and top speed as well as handling, to unlock any road: be it a highway, off-road route or even ice. We are excited to see the Urus’ official results published,” commented Konstantin Sychev, Head of Lamborghini Eastern Europe and CIS.

The Lamborghini Urus features a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp at 6,000 rpm (maximum 6,800 rpm), producing maximum torque of 850 Nm at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l the Urus claims one of the highest specific power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio at 3,38 kg/hp. The Urus accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 12,8 seconds and with a top speed of 305 km/h, it is one of the fastest Super SUVs available.

The annual Days of Speed festival was held between 10 and 13 March. Organised by LAV-racing company, this official sports event is dedicated to setting record speeds on ice. The event strictly adheres to all regulations of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and RAF (Russian Automobile Federation).

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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