Lamborghini scales the highest motoring road in the world
Higher than Mount Everest base camp
When people buy expensive SUVs, enthusiasts often scoff at the wasteful installation of off-road-centric mechanicals and software. Mostly because no owner would use his expensive SUV off the trodden path. Hence, Lamborghini itself made use of some of those modes when it made the Urus scale the world’s highest drivable road in the world.
At 19,300 ft above sea level, the Umling La Pass is the highest stretch of drivable road in the hills of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Minimum temperature ranges from -20 degrees to -10 degrees here with a combined terrain of gravel, rough, and concrete. With the additional wind speed varying from 40-80 km/h, the Umling La Pass makes one of the most challenging roads to conquer. And yet, the Lamborghini team managed to do this treacherous climb twice, between October 8th and 9th of this year.
Mr Sharad Agarwal, Head of Lamborghini India, said, “This is a proud moment for Lamborghini as the Urus unlocks the pinnacle of high-altitude driving across the Umling La Pass. I would like to congratulate the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and its team on their remarkable achievement. When we reached Umling La Pass, even standing for 30 minutes was extremely difficult, and how the team completed the road in such extreme weather conditions is unimaginable. During the 87.5 km-long drive from Hanle to Umling La, Urus performed brilliantly under the Terra and Sport driving modes on a road that sits higher than the base camp of Mount Everest.”
The Lamborghini Urus gets powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine producing 641hp and 850Nm torques. This twin-turbo setup must’ve helped the Urus with the climb with the consistent spooling up, maintaining air density inside the engine, even though the air outside kept getting thinner in density. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox allowing the Urus to slam through the 0-100kph sprint in 3.6 seconds!