Completed in August, the Umling La Pass in India recently became the highest drivable road in the world. Lamborghini announced today that it has sent its most capable vehicle, the Urus, across the pass twice.
“This is a proud moment for Lamborghini as the Urus unlocks the pinnacle of high-altitude driving across the Umling La Pass,” Sharad Agarwal, head of Lamborghini India. “I would like to congratulate the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and its team on their remarkable achievement.”
Reaching an altitude of 19,300 ft (5,882 meters), the road goes higher than the basecamp at Mount Everest. As a result, winter temperatures can reach lows of -40 degrees (Celsius/Fahrenheit) and there is roughly 50 percent less oxygen than at sea level, reports Financial Express.
The pass combines gravel and concrete roads with wind speeds varying from 40-80 km/h (25-50 mph), making it a challenging place to exist, never mind drive.
“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,” said Agarwal. “During the 87.5 km-long (54 miles) 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.”
Powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, the Lamborghini Urus makes use of 641 hp (650 PS/478 kW) and 626 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque. That’s good enough to get it to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 189 mph (305 km/h). On ice, the Italian super SUV can go up to 185 mph (298 km/h), a record-setting speed it achieved in March 2021.