The Chopped-Up "Jumpacan" Lamborghini Is Down to Get…Dirty?07/28/2021
B is For Build is—go figure—building a souped-up Lamborghini Huracan exotic. Nothing unusual, right? It’s probably just your run-of-the-mill exotic enhanced with some fancy wheels or ostentatious paint. Right? Well, no. The company is fabricating the Italian supercar for big whoops, giant ruts, and unforgiving desert terrain with the hopes of racing in the 2021 Mint 400 off-road desert race. Admittedly, B is for Build isn’t in the business of building totally custom off-road exotics, but who is? The fabricators are up for the daunting challenge of doing the unthinkable to a Lamborghini: Turning it from street machine to dirt devil.
The weird Lambo wouldn’t be the first oddball entrant in the famous race, but as far as we can tell, it’s the first Huracan—if you can still call this build a Huracan. It more closely resembles an LS-powered, manual-transmission dune buggy that happens to wear Lambo doors and a wedge profile than an actual Lamborghini. Oh wait, it is.
Sorry, it’s true. This Lambo spat out its 600-hp-plus 5.2-liter V-10 engine before the project began. So in went an LS V-8.
As for everything else? In case you were wondering, no, there are no off-the-shelf long-travel suspension kits for Lambos on 37-inch off-road tires. Neither are there are readily available roll cage kits for Huracans. There simply isn’t a forged path for easily turning your ground-scraping exotic into an off-road race car.
Since not many people want to do this, and with all due respect it’s a total abomination of a Lamborghini in the traditional sense, all the parts are custom fabricated. Some will work and some will fail. That’s all part of the adventure for B is for Build, which did all this anyway. The outfit calls the off-road outcast the “Jumpacan,” (pronounced, we think, “jump-a-con”) in hopes that the race machine can hit jumps and skip the top of whoops with the best of its Trophy Truck brethren.
In order to slap some desert miles on the off-road Lamborghini Huracan, B is for Build met up with the Mint 400 crew for some initial testing and filming. Chris Steinbacher, owner of B is for Build, concluded that the Jumpacan needs more ground clearance, more suspension travel, and mods to the skid plate, which are not unusual conclusions after a day in the dirt.
Look for B is for Build’s off-road Lamborghini Huracan at the 2021 Mint 400 race, which this is being held December 1-5 in the grueling desert of Las Vegas, Nevada. For more on the Jumpacan’s progress, check out B is for Build’s You Tube page.
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