The Lamborghini Urus proves its mettle in the Italian Alps

Asia's Tech News Daily

The Lamborghini Urus proves its mettle in the Italian Alps
© WOLFANGO The Lamborghini Urus in the Italian Alps. Photo: Lamborghini

On the face of it, this isn’t a fair race. A muscle-bound 650hp Lamborghini Urus against a man with a paraglider propelled solely by thermal air currents. Yet, here we are, assembled in the town of Bormio, nestled in the Italian Alps. Over the next day, we – a handful of journalists – will each be mounted up in a Lamborghini Urus for a race of sorts against paragliding champion Aaron Durogati.

Our convoy will be covering a distance of 161 kilometres along a spectacular route that will take us from Bormio to Pinzolo. Along the way, we’ll have our “race” with Duragoti, who will take off from the lofty heights of Passo Gavia, 2,652 metres above sea level. He’ll take the airborne route to the valley below, while we will have to negotiate a narrow, winding road – strewn with tight hairpin bends.

Durogati grew up in the nearby town of Merano and was introduced to paragliding by his father at the age of 6. The adventure-seeking youngster had to wait another nine years before his father permitted him to make his first solo flight.

The Lamborghini Urus proves its mettle in the Italian Alps
Download our mobile app
The Lamborghini Urus proves its mettle in the Italian Alps
© Provided by The National Paragliding champion Aaron Durogati. Photo: Lamborghini

A man with a deep love for the mountains – a sentiment that remains undiminished to this day – Durogati, who is now 35, excelled at Alpine sports. He started skiing when he was a toddler and was racing by the time he was 10. Although his competitive instincts are now focused on paragliding, the soft-spoken Italian still enjoys mountaineering and free-riding – skiing along ungroomed terrain, with no set course or rules. His love for paragliding and skiing also comes together via “speed-riding”, a sport that combines both disciplines.

Durogati’s sporting CV is lengthy, with highlights that include a Paragliding World Cup title in 2012, which he describes as “the most emotional moment of my life until then”. His focus then shifted to the Red Bull X-Alps, which combines elements of hiking and flying as part of a gruelling race.

The Lamborghini Urus proves its mettle in the Italian Alps
© Provided by The National Duragoti took off from Passo Gavia, 2,652m (8,700 feet) above sea level. Photo: Lamborghini

When conditions are good during the Red Bull X-Alps, athletes use their paragliders to fly, and when they are not, they must run or hike, carrying their paraglider and other equipment. The use of tunnels and all other forms of transport are not permitted. The first Red Bull X-Alps, in 2003, stretched from Austria’s Dachstein Glacier to Monaco via Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, as well as Mont Blanc and Mont Gros in France. Seventeen athletes and their support teams covered a distance of 800 kilometres as the crow flies.

Although being suspended thousands of feet in the air by a fabric chute and cables might seem a hair-raising prospect, Duragoti says paragliding is not an “extreme sport”. That said, it’s not without risk, and competitors in the Red Bull X-Alps need to be in peak physical condition.

Speaking of which, the Lamborghini Urus is as rapid and dynamic as an SUV gets. The sharp-edged all-terrainer took the Raging Bull marque well away from its supercar roots when it launched in 2018, opening up the brand to a whole new set of buyers.

The company’s balance sheet shows it was a well-considered move, as Lamborghini’s annual sales figures have more than doubled since the introduction of the Urus. The marque’s previous best annual sales tally was 3,815 units (in 2017), whereas in 2019, total sales had multiplied to 8,205 units. Last year would have been even better, had the onset of Covid-19 not halted production at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory for seven weeks.

Order a new Urus today and you could be waiting anywhere between six and nine months for your vehicle, illustrating how high demand is for the SUV. It’s not hard to see why. “It’s the only vehicle that enables you to conquer dunes, yet still be able to hit 305kph on the tarmac,” says Emanuele Camerini, a spokesman for Lamborghini. This also explains why Urus owners cover more than double the number of kilometres each year, compared to the Huracan and Aventador.

The Lamborghini Urus proves its mettle in the Italian Alps
© Provided by The National At the heart of the Lamborghini Ursus lies a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that thumps out 650hp and 850Nm. Photo: Lamborghini

The Urus is backed by a formidable set of credentials. At its heart lies a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that thumps out 650hp and 850Nm, which spears it from zero tp 100 kilometres an hour in 3.6 seconds, and on to 200kph in only 12.8 seconds. These are stats that wouldn’t look out of place on a supercar.

The Urus isn’t merely a straight-line bully, though, as it comes armed with a state-of-the-art four-wheel-drive system with active torque-vectoring and four-wheel-steering. It also has huge carbon-ceramic brakes, adaptive air suspension and active roll stabilisation, which combine to deliver all-road pace and potency that are almost unthinkable for a 2.2-tonne SUV that stands at more than 1.6 metres tall.

As we charge across our mountainous route, the Urus feels much more compact than it is. The roads we’re traversing are extremely narrow, with a mountain face on one side and a sheer drop on the other. Yet, the big Lambo makes easy work of it, with the four-wheel-steer playing its part in boosting agility – something that’s especially noticeable on the tight hairpins.

The Lamborghini Urus proves its mettle in the Italian Alps
© Provided by The National The Lamborghini Ursus. Photo: Lamborghini

Meanwhile, Durogati, who had just leapt off the edge of the cliff at Passo Gavia, is doing his best to make a beeline for the designated landing spot in the valley below. The paragliding ace says the key to being successful in his sport is to be able to read the thermal drafts and best exploit them to travel as quickly and efficiently in a chosen direction. One insightful clue: “The air above brown fields is warmer than air over green fields. The idea is to stay in that tube of warm air.”

Back on terra firma, our thundering Urus fleet is making brisk progress across the sinuous mountain road. Some light rain has begun to fall, but this has no effect on our pace, as the combination of all-wheel-drive traction and the massive footprint provided by the Pirelli rubber ensures the Lambo remains glued to the tarmac.

The Urus has no less than six drive modes – Strada (Highway), Sport, Corsa (Track), Neve (Snow), Sabbia (Sand) and Terra (gravel and rock) – enabling the chassis and drivetrain to be optimised for any surface. We remain predominantly in Sport mode, which sharpens performance and makes the twin-turbo V8 more vocal. An off-road stint later in the day enables us to use Terra as well.

The Lamborghini Urus proves its mettle in the Italian Alps
© Provided by The National Paragliding champion Aaron Durogati. Photo: Lamborghini

As the landing spot looms up ahead, we see that Durogati has already arrived, and is gathering up his billowing chute and the myriad lines that connect his harness to it. It’s proof that the aerial route is almost invariably the quickest way to get from Point A to B.

Apart from being an exhilarating experience, our road-versus-air race serves to highlight the Urus’s breadth of capability and sheer pace across all surfaces. There’s a strong synergy with the “conquer all terrain and elements” philosophy of competitive paragliding, which explains why Durogati is a Lamborghini brand ambassador. The Italian flyer is peerless in the air, while the Urus has few equals on the ground.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Glarner FDP-Mann Thomas Hefti ist neuer Ständeratspräsident

© KEYSTONE/ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE Thomas Hefti ist neuer Ständeratspräsident. Die kleine Kammer wählte den 62-jährigen Glarner und FDP-Politiker am Montag mit 44 von 45 gültigen Stimmen. Hefti folgt auf den ... Read more »

Mit Hefti ist ein konservativer Freisinniger Ständeratspräsident

© KEYSTONE/ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE Mit dem Glarner Thomas Hefti ist einer der konservativsten FDP-Parlamentarier neu Ständeratspräsident. Er gilt als ruhiger, bestens vernetzter Schaffer mit einigem Einfluss. Für Schlagzeilen sorgte er ... Read more »

Twitter-Chef Jack Dorsey tritt zurück

New York. Jack Dorsey, der Mitgründer der Kurzkommentar-Plattform Twitter, gibt seinen Posten als Vorstandschef des Milliardenkonzerns auf. Sein Nachfolger soll der bisherige Technikchef Parag Agrawal werden. © Michael Reynolds Jack ... Read more »

Coronavirus News: Policy on boosters will be made public in next 2 weeks, says COVID Task Force Chief

21:44:33 IST Thank you for joining our coverage of COVID-19. We will now wrap the blog. Good night, folks! 21:44:04 IST Scotland detects 6 cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant; UK ... Read more »

Myleene Klass dazzles in eye-catching leopard print dress at Smooth FM

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo She’s known for her fashionable outfits as she goes to and from work. And Myleene Klass looked as sensational as ever as she ... Read more »

NoMad London declared Hotel of the Year at AHEAD Europe 2021 awards

Dezeen promotion: AHEAD has unveiled the winners of its Europe 2021 edition, including its coveted Hotel of the Year award, which was taken home by luxury hotelier NoMad’s London hotel. © ... Read more »

Teen carjacked multiple cars during high-speed chase through the Midlands, cops say

After stealing a car in Columbia, a teenager led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through the Midlands before crashing, carjacking another vehicle, and ultimately getting arrested, the Kershaw ... Read more »

Sinn Fein pressed over ‘lack of agreement' on marking Queen's platinum jubilee

Northern Ireland’s First Minister has expressed disappointment over a lack of agreement with Sinn Fein on marking the Queen’s platinum jubilee. The row emerged following an Assembly question by Ulster ... Read more »

Kentucky cops dropped woman on the ground, broke her arm during arrest, lawsuit says

A Kentucky woman alleges she was assaulted by police officers who dropped her on the ground and broke her arm while trying to detain her on suspicion of public intoxication, ... Read more »

Africa4Palestine praises SA govt for reaffirming commitment to Palestine

© Boikhutso Ntsoko/Eyewitness News. ANC members picket outside the Israeli embassy in Pretoria on 25 May 2021 in solidarity with Palestine. CAPE TOWN – The Africa4Palestine organisation has praised the ... Read more »

KZN govt leaders were nowhere to be found during July unrest, SAHRC hears

© @SAHRCommission/Twitter The South African Human Rights Commission hears evidence on the July riots at the Durban International Convention Centre on 16 November 2021. DURBAN – The leader of a ... Read more »

Mandate vaccines at work and in public indoor spaces - Business for South Africa

© Provided by CapeTalk Business for South Africa (B4SA) is urgently calling for vaccine mandates at workplaces. It also wants the government to ban unvaccinated people from public indoor spaces ... Read more »

Zinhle Reveals Real Reason For Absence At Lerato's Wedding

DJ Zinhle is Toke Makinwa’s latest guest on her talk show on Honey TV called Talk With Toke Makinwa. Zinhle was asked why was she not present at Lerato Kganyago’s ... Read more »

Marikina gets 30,000 COVID-19 jabs

© The STAR / Michael Varcas Marikina gets 30,000 COVID-19 jabs MANILA, Philippines — At least 30,000 residents and non-residents of Marikina City are expected to get inoculated during the ... Read more »

Navotas brings down active COVID-19 cases to 8

© Philstar.com / File Navotas brings down active COVID-19 cases to 8 MANILA, Philippines — Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco yesterday lauded a new record of bringing down active COVID-19 cases ... Read more »

'Give A Smile'

© The Manila Times The lead advocates of Watsons Philippines’ ‘Smile for Good’ project is committed to bring smiles to children born with cleft-palates, even in this continuing pandemic. The ... Read more »

Obiena ready for legal battle

© AFP Obiena ready for legal battle MANILA, Philippines — Tokyo Olympics pole-vaulter EJ Obiena has tapped the services of a law firm in preparation for what could be a ... Read more »

Brits who refuse to wear masks ‘face £200 fines' as Covid rules return

Brits refusing to wear face coverings could face fines of up to £200 as part of new restrictions to combat the Omicron Covid variant, a report has revealed. On Saturday ... Read more »

Omicron: 7 passengers disembarked from S'pore Airlines flight from South Africa

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (29 November) said that seven passengers had disembarked from a Singapore Airlines flight travelling from South Africa’s Johannesburg to Singapore, which ... Read more »

The best Cyber Monday deals on accessories for desktop and laptop PCs

© Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge All the great deals on PC accessories, like mice and keyboards. If you’re looking to expand your armory of gaming peripherals, ... Read more »

‘Matrix Resurrections' contest: Join Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss at Canadian premiere

The stars of upcoming blockbuster sequel The Matrix Resurrections, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, will be in Toronto for the Canadian premiere of the film on Dec. 16, and Matrix ... Read more »

Shamima Begum says she fears for her life in Syrian refugee camp

© PA Ms Begum was 15 when she and two other east London schoolgirls travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group in February 2015. – PA Shamima ... Read more »

Prince Charles arrives as Barbados becomes republic

© Getty Images The Prince Of Wales Visits Barbados To Mark Its Transition To Republic Prince Charles has touched down in Barbados as the country prepares to break with the ... Read more »

Taliban gunmen checking mobile phones of Kabul residents

© IANS Taliban gunmen checking mobile phones of Kabul residents New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Residents of Kabul complain that gunmen linked to the Taliban government have lately been checking ... Read more »

Lucknow admin issues protocols for passengers arriving at its airport. Check details

© Provided by Hindustan Times According to the guidelines, all the passengers showing Coronavirus-related symptoms during a thermal scanning will be subjected to free RT-PCR test. (ANI photo for representation) ... Read more »

BJP boycotts all-party meeting in Odisha ahead of Winter Session of Assembly

© Provided by Zee News Bhubaneswar: The Opposition BJP in Odisha on Monday (November 29) boycotted the all-party meeting convened by the Assembly Speaker S N Patro, when he allegedly ... Read more »

Ed Sheeran recreates Love Actually scene ahead of Christmas song release

© Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Love Actually 291121.png Ed Sheeran and Elton John recreated Love Actually’s iconic doorstep scene to officially announce their new Christmas song. The singers collaborated on ... Read more »

It's your last chance to shop in the Dunelm Black Friday sale 2021

© Dunelm You can grab great discounts on furniture and homeware until midnight in the Dunelm Black Friday sale, including offers on sofas, lighting and kitchenware. If you’re up for ... Read more »

Indie troubadours Starsailor release tour dates

© Starsailor are heading out on tour (photo: Shutterstock) Hitting the road © Provided by The Scotsman Starsailor are Chorley Indie troubadours, fronted by James Walsh. The band continues to ... Read more »

Vorjahresrekord am Black Friday 2021 nicht geknackt

© KEYSTONE/EPA/Miguel Gutierrez Trotz eines Ansturms auf die Schnäppchen hat der diesjährige Black Friday die rekordhohen Umsätze des Vorjahres nicht geknackt. Insgesamt dürften sie rund 5 Prozent unter dem Vorkrisenjahr ... Read more »

The dilemmas facing skiers this winter, from lockdowns to travel bans

dilemmas facing skiers winter covid – Getty It was almost too good to be true. We were sliding into the ski season without a bump in our path, then in ... Read more »

India announces vaccine support to Africa to fight Omicron

India on Monday announced that it stands ready to support the countries affected in Africa in dealing with the Omicron variant, including by supplies of Made-in-India vaccines. Supplies can be ... Read more »

Driven to despair by Ofsted inspections

Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Headteacher Rachel Hornsey deplores the shifting goalposts of school inspections. Plus letters from Dr Chris Pyle, Yvonne Williams and Prof Nick Megoran Ofsted is forcing talented leaders ... Read more »

Lowe's Cyber Monday Sale Is Jam-Packed with Steep Discounts on Smart Home Products and Appliances

lowe’s cyber monday Lowes Lowe's is the hub for all things home improvement, including kitchen appliances, smart home gadgets, and cleaning devices — a.k.a pricier products you want to catch ... Read more »

Punjab farmer leaders say Centre must reply to demands by November 30; SKM meeting on December 1

Terming the repeal of the farm laws in Parliament a victory of the protesters, farmer leaders from Punjab urged the Centre to decide on their other demands, including legal guarantee ... Read more »

Sajid Javid announcement: What did the Health Secretary say in his speech, Monday, November 29?

SAJID Javid has provided an update on the latest Covid measures following the spread of the Omicron variant which has made its way to the UK. The Health Secretary updated ... Read more »

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is getting its “final fighter adjustment” patch soon

© Provided by GamePur It’s been a long road for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Now that “everyone is here,” as the tagline says, we’re getting one final set of fighter ... Read more »

When is the End of Verdansk Event in Warzone?

The end of Verdansk marks the end of an era for Call of Duty: Warzone. But when does the event kick off? Warzone Pacific and its new map, Caldera, are ... Read more »

PUBG Mobile is partnering with YouTube Premium to offer a 3-month free trial of the service

© Provided by Dot Esports PUBG Mobile is teaming up with Google Play and YouTube to offer in-game rewards, a three-month free trial of YouTube Premium, and more, Tencent announced ... Read more »

Halo Infinite players demand cross-play removal and stronger anti-cheat after rise in cheaters

© Provided by Dot Esports Two weeks ago, 343 Industries surprised its player base by releasing Halo Infinite‘s multiplayer early. It was a nice gift for fans who have been ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic