Six Lamborghini Huracán, all- and eear-wheel-drive Coupés, Spyders and the latest Performante, challenged the steep hairpin turns and switchbacks of one of the most spectacular and demanding roads in the world, the Transfăgărășan. A paved mountain road, that crosses the southern section of the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, passes through the land of Dracula, winding for 90 km. Open only from July to September, the road, which is also known as Ceauşescu’s Folly, was built between 1970 and 1974 by order of dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, as a strategic military route that allowed Romanian troops to cross the Carpathian Mountains quickly in the event of a Soviet invasion.
The Transfăgărășan was featured in a segment of Top Gear, in November 2009. The British TV show’s host Jeremy Clarkson proclaimed that the road in Transylvania was “the best road in the world”, a title that had been previously given to the Stelvio Pass in Italy.
The route climbs through the highest mountains of Romania, providing breathtaking views and rapid changes of landscape, passing from arid lands to verdant valleys. Six Lamborghini Huracán departed from the city of Sibiu, passed through the village of Cartisoara and then twisted and turned rapidly on the numerous hairpin turns that cut through the Fagaras Mountains. The group of Lamborghinis then arrived at the highest point at Lake Balea and finally descended towards the impressive Vidraru dam, above which rise the ruins of the castle of Vlad III of Wallachia, who was the inspiration for author Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula character.