All along the way, the computer adjusts the all-wheel-steering’s responsiveness in anticipation of my next move, including pivoting the rear wheels into the turn to help ease the car through. It sets up the suspension’s stiffness as the car lifts, settles, then presses down at the bottom of the hill. It balances torque distribution, stability control, and traction control in the all-wheel-drive system to keep the car aimed in the right direction and securely planted. What would ordinarily be a white-knuckle moment that could cause panic or overcorrection becomes a smooth traversal with nary a hiccup, with the bare minimum of steering inputs necessary for me to sort out where to go on the other side of the hill.Lamborghini says this system represents not just a technological pivot from how cars typically behave, but a conceptual one. “We’re now able to synchronize the brain of the car with the brain of the driver,” says Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s chief technology officer.That can be occasionally disconcerting, though. The new system often sets the car up in a way that you need to adapt to yourself. If I require 20 small corrections to get through a turn because I haven’t learned the racing line or spent much time in a car, the EVO gets me through with 10. So when the car is extending my limits, I have to adapt to that. It only takes a short while to get the hang of it though, and once I start to anticipate those movements, I can work with them to my advantage. And Alessandro Farmeschi, Lamborghini’s CEO of the Americas, assures me the car won’t fight to hold a line if the driver must swerve to get around a crash up ahead. “The processing speed is so fast that all the information from when you see the obstacle is factored into the car’s behavior,” he says.The LDVI doesn’t use camera feeds or even GPS data to analyze the road ahead, something other cars do primarily with comfort or safety in mind . It surmises your intent based on your actions and the car’s dynamics. “This is really the first of what you might call artificial intelligence in a car,” Reggiani says. “We're creating a connection between your intention and what the car will do.”After a day’s worth of hot-lapping Willow Springs in the Huracán EVO, I can attest to that duality—even if anyone watching from the pits only sees me in the driver seat.
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