Remember Group B? That crazy period of motorsport in the ’80s where the rule book was thrown in the shredder so that utterly bonkers cars could be produced? Well, Norwegian firm Zyrus Engineering has summoned the spirit and insanity of that era and injected it into nothing less than a Lamborghini Huracan. Then had an unexpected crash at the Nürburgring. How very Group B.
Just to remind you, Zyrus is producing something it’s calling ‘LP1200,’ a road-legal (yes, really) Lamborghini Huracan based heavily on the racing Super Trofeo, but pretty much crazier. It’s got wild race-car aero, full carbon bodywork, and a bespoke twin-turbo setup on the 5.2-liter V10 for a total of 1,200hp. Zyrus is campaigning the car in the limitless, open-spec Norwegian Extreme GT Championship, where most cars run well over 1,000hp, while also trying to set potty lap times at Spa and the Nürburgring.
And things are going to plan, with the LP1200 having set a 6min 48.2sec time on a full lap at the Nordschleife, and a 19.1km ‘Bridge to Gantry’ time of 6min 29sec with Fredrik Sørlie at the wheel. Oh, we forgot to say, this was during a standard supercar track day—with plenty of other traffic on the circuit. During one of the laps, something went wrong. Very wrong.
Having set a scorching first half of the lap (the footage honestly looks like it’s been sped up), out the back of the circuit (the fastest, most sweeping part) the back right wheel had enough and decided to let go, sending the carbon, 1,200hp Lambo into a spin at 209kph. Amazingly, the car pirouetted, just nerfing one barrier before coming to stop. Probably helped by the super sticky slicks (well, three of them) that were fitted.
Even so, Code Browns don’t get browner than this. So, we bet Sørlie was kissing his lucky egg that night. Check out the footage for yourself above. Or skid to 3:15 if you just want the juicy bit.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.