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This Lamborghini went to Norway and turned into a monster

The Zyrus LP1200 Strada packs 1,200hp from twin-turbo V10

Somebody in Norway obviously felt that a Huracán Super Trofeo wasn't fast enough. PHOTO FROM ZYRUS ENGINEERING

Norway. A Scandinavian country best known for its beautiful countryside, polar bears, and a high quality of life. With the nation’s consumers buying more electric cars than ever before, it’s not really a place associated with batshit-crazy supercars. But one company based on the outskirts of Oslo is seemingly determined to change that. Meet the Zyrus LP1200 Strada, a car that started life as a Lamborghini Huracán before a bunch of crazy engineers unleashed their magic on it. Now, it’s a hardcore, road-legal track toy that eats normal sports cars for breakfast.

Followers of the Scandinavian GT+ Championship must be familiar with the name Zyrus Engineering. The firm has been competing in this hard-fought racing series with a track-only version of the car you see here, which in turn is based on the Huracán Super Trofeo. Now, the Norwegian nutters behind this creation have gone one step further and decided to release a limited production run of this beast that wealthy owners can drive on public roads—if they dare.

Zyrus claims the LP1200 Strada generates over 2,000kg of downforce at 200km/h. PHOTOS FROM ZYRUS ENGINEERING

The 5.2-liter V10 has been fitted with twin turbos and now churns out 900hp in its lowest setting. Turn the dial all the way up and a massive 1,200 Italian horses will gallop in unison, propelling the 1,427kg Lambo toward the horizon with hurricane-like force. The firm hasn’t mentioned what the top speed of this insane road missile is, but we think it might well give any hypercar a good run for its money. What we have been told is that it develops 2,010kg of downforce at just 200km/h, which will hopefully be enough to keep it shiny side up when going around corners.

In total, the makers of this hand-built speed machine claim to have changed over 600 parts to turn it from a pretty-fast race car into an insanely quick street weapon. Upgrades do not only include the engine tuning and the plenty of carbon-fiber bits, but also a Smart Dash system that lets you control all the options it has from your smartphone. Anyone fancying a Zyrus LP1200 Strada will have to write a check for over €595,000 (P34.79 million). That may sound like a lot, but considering it’s a legitimate Bugatti killer and will likely turn more heads than a Koenigsegg, it’s probably quite good value for money—in a millionaire-with-too-much-cash sort of way.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.