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2017 Lamborghini Huracan - Barely Legal

You Can Find This Ridiculous 1,000hp Lamborghini Supercar With a Race Car Widebody Roaming the Streets of L.A.

Benjamin Hunting
Jul 22, 2019
Photographer: Dan Coria

Many of us have fantasized about ripping down a public road in a full-on race car. There's just something about downforce tearing up the asphalt, a brightly colored livery dazzling pedestrians, and an unfettered exhaust note shattering glass that has an undeniable visceral appeal. When Marc Tcham decided to stop dreaming and get busy building the street-legal race replica of his dreams, after a lifetime of JDM project cars (H22-swapped EG, KA-turbocharged S13, RB26-swapped G35, Integra Type R, and more) he knew exactly what his platform of choice would be—and which series he would set as his target.

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"I'd always wanted to build a streetable GT3-spec car," Marc says. "One of my buddies had already done a 458, so I didn't want one of those. I was looking to do something completely crazy, and the Huracan platform was really calling to me. It's a real driver's car, with a lot of tuning potential."

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Marc ordered his Grigio Telesto Lamborghini Huracan 580-2 in the spring of 2016, and almost nine months later it was sitting in his driveway. He only put a few hundred miles on it before it headed out for the first stage of its transformation into the fire-breathing monster it is today. Unfortunately, things didn't initially work out as planned. "I found a company that was gung ho about not only installing a twin-turbo kit on my Huracan but also buying in on the complete GT3 build I had meticulously planned out for my car," Marc explains. "Let's just say that after a significant amount of time and money had been spent, I was forced to pull the vehicle out of their shop and start from square one."

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It's here that the story of Marc's Lamborghini takes a turn for the better. "After that debacle, I met up with a friend from a racing team based in Germany," Marc continues. "They actually had a full Super Trofeo kit available that had been taken off a wrecked car. When he found out what happened with my project, he made sure the kit was shipped across the ocean as soon as possible."

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In the meantime, Marc had moved the Huracan to Sheepey Race Imports, where it would finally start to come together as the tarmac-munching machine he had originally imagined. Sheepey would start by rebuilding the half-completed turbo kit the original shop had installed. It was a total mess, but the crew was up to the task. "The biggest problem was the other guys had stuck with the factory ECU," Marc says. "My car was brand-new and had a two-wheel-drive ECU versus the four-wheel-drive ECU found in most Huracans, and they were completely out of their element. Sheepey decided to go full stand-alone. This gave us fail-safes, and we could tune off a MAP instead of an MAF sensor, which is important when doing a turbo conversion on a car that was originally naturally-aspirated."

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Sheepey Inc. would also rebuild the entire kit to make sure it was up to par. The Lamborghini now features twin Precision 6466SP turbos matched with Precision wastegates, a pair of Tial blow-off valves, and custom-built CSF carbon/Kevlar intercoolers. Sheepey would also install custom carbon-fiber intakes and throttle body adapters, as well as a titanium pie-cut exhaust and dumps to help with breathing. Altogether, the setup is good for more than 1,000 hp at the crank, and 885 rear-wheel horsepower and 750 rear-wheel torque running at 7.6 psi.

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A far bigger challenge awaited in matching the Super Trofeo look that existed in Marc's imagination with the realities imposed by the actual kit itself. "There were two major issues we encountered when installing the kit," Marc says. "The first being that nothing about it bolted or lined up with the stock Huracan. It turns out the subframe on the race car and the one on the street car are completely different."

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The solution? Sheepey was forced to cut into the brand-new Lamborghini's subframe and partially swap in as much Super Trofeo chassis as they could to make everything fit. "I also realized the rear Super Trofeo body wasn't actually any wider than the stock setup," Marc says. "The front is, because the race cars run a 305-series tire, but the back just wasn't doing it for me visually. Since I was now actually running twice as much horsepower as the actual GT3 car, I knew I needed more track back there, so we widened the kit by 2 inches."

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An intriguing side effect of that decision was the move to a full carbon-fiber kit versus the plastic components of the race design. It's part of Marc's overall philosophy of using only the best parts available for each aspect of his project, a mindset that saw the Huracan achieve featured build status at SEMA 2018.

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"On the actual competition cars, the fenders are made of plastic because they crash a lot, and it just makes more sense to have something that is affordable and easy to replace," Marc explains. "I went with carbon fenders to match the rest of the kit and painted it because it just looks cleaner."

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The end result was a completely wild look that turns up the wick on the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo's already searing styling. The car features a chassis-mounted carbon-fiber wing and rear quarter window replacement to complete the kit and wears Emm Tuning carbon louvers and a Capristo carbon-fiber engine bonnet, as well as Lamborghini race fender liners made out of carbon-fiber and Kevlar.

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The Huracan rolls on 20x12 BBS LM rims at the rear (narrowed to 9.5 inches up front), wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. A set of JRZ RS pro coilovers with external reservoirs work with Shadowcraft strut and reinforcement bars to control body movement.

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The interior has been kept mostly stock, but true Lamborghini fans will notice many of the small tweaks and updates that have been made to keep the Super Trofeo theme alive throughout the cabin.

"I drive this car every single weekend, so I didn't want a stripped-out race 'cage rattling around in there," he continues. "I have a group of friends who strongly believe in driving their exotics as often as they can. I built this car to drive it—I'm never going to sell it—so I really don't care about putting miles on it."

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As for that driving experience, well, it's just about as bonkers as you'd expect after hearing the words "1,000hp Lambo." "It's ridiculous," Marc says with a laugh. "The car has full boost at 3,500 rpm, but it pulls all the way up to 9,000 rpm. Power delivery is extremely linear, with big torque and quick onset. Taking it from 60 mph to 140 mph is absolutely ridiculous. It is very, very fast."

By Benjamin Hunting
31 Articles
2017 Lamborghini Huracan - Barely Legal
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Owner: Marc Tcham
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Medical Management
Instagram: @pterodactylactics
Power: 885 whp, 750 lb-ft of torque at 7.6 psi
Engine: Sheepey Race twin-turbo kit, carbon-fiber intakes, throttle body adapters, polished water tank, titanium pie-cut exhaust, titanium pie-cut dumps, cat delete; Precision 6466SP twin turbos, dual wastegates; TiAL dual blow-off valves; CSF carbon/Kevlar intercoolers; HD clamps; Shadowcraft carbon/Kevlar engine bay and intake manifold covers
Engine Management: Syvecs standalone management system
Footwork & Chassis: JRZ RS PRO coilover system with external reservoirs; Umbrella Auto front and rear cup kits; Super Trofeo subframe swap; reinforced subframe bushings; Shadowcraft carbon/Kevlar strut and reinforcement bars
Wheels & Tires: 20x9.5 front, 20x12 rear BBS LM wheels with brushed faces and high polished lips; 245/30R20 front, 325/25R20 rear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires
Exterior: Super Trofeo carbon-fiber widebody conversion, carbon-fiber chassis-mounted rear wing, carbon-fiber quarter window replacement; Emm Tuning carbon-fiber louvers; Capristo carbon-fiber engine bonnet; Lamborghini Race carbon/Kevlar front and rear fender liners; custom carbon/Kevlar front trunk enclosure
Interior: Custom Alcantara with yellow-stitch Race Spec steering wheel, seats, center console; custom carbon/Kevlar steering wheel components, shift paddles; Alcantara door panels, headliner, quarter window plates with glass; yellow double-stitched dash
Thanks: LTMW, Sheepey Race, BBS, AR Motorwerkz, Impressive Wrap

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