It is, I really love what I do.
Itís always been my passion to become a test driver. I was born in a small town near SantíAgata and I remember when I saw my first Lamborghini. It was a white Countach and for me it was like a space shuttle. It was amazing, I was so surprised by it.
I started in 1985, so 32 years ago, and I became test driver in 1993. After that I moved to a different area inside Lamborghini, and since 1998 Iíve been in R&D, which is where we test all the new prototypes. So the Huracan Performante isnít a new car to me.
Iím already working on something new. Thatís the best part of my job.
I see the cars many years before everyone else. Itís amazing.
When I started in 1985 we had the Countach QV5000 and the Jalpa, 3.5-litre V8. It was a totally different universe, not just a different world. These were cars you were really able to drive; they had no electronic controls, they were really hard. And the cockpit was really tight, even for me and Iím not so tall. But they were amazing. Those cars gave me big satisfaction.
For each model Iíll tell which variant I enjoy to drive. For Diablo it was the GT. The Murcielago, the SV, same for Aventador, both are just unbelievable to drive. And for the Huracan itís the Performante.
Iíd take Aventador. Or Performante. The Aventadorís lines and the noise are amazing. But the Performante, itís not easy to leave behind on the track. Itís really, really fast.
Yes, sometimes it just happens.
Around 95 percent of my job is on the track, so sometimes itís unavoidable. Iím testing new components and sometimes when I have to test the limit of a new componentÖwell, when you find the limit itís normal that something happens. Then I make sure we improve it for the customer.
It depends. Sometimes they stop me just to check out the car because even for them, they love the cars. But if you exceed with the speed there is no way they let me off. So I have to be careful.
I drive Urus almost all day, every day. Thatís my focus. AndÖ I canít tell you more. Sorry.
I have two different types of standard day. In the factory I wake up at 6:15am, then drive 20km to work, have a small meeting and leave about 6pm. At the track, which is far away from the factory, I start about 7am and then test all day. Some days Iím still on track until 7 or 8pm.