Lamborgini gaat racen! CEO Stefan Winkelmann had op Pebble Beach al aangekondigd dat de toekomst van Lamborghini in autosport zou liggen. En daarom presenteren ze nu de Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Super Trofeo. Daarmee gaat Lamborghini een merkencup opzetten onder de naam Blancpain Super Trofeo.
De Gallardo LP560-4 is natuurlijk in standaardtrim al geen stakker, maar Lamborghini heeft nog een goed gekeken naar de techniek. En dat heeft ertoe geleid dat de direct ingespoten V10 nu 570 pk levert. Ook is het gewicht omlaag gebracht van 1410 kilo naar 1300 kilo. Het seizoen zal bestaan uit 6 races en per race kunnen 30 auto’s deelnemen.
De Gallardo LP560-4 Super Trofeo zal je overigens niet tegen komen in andere raceklassen. Het wordt dus echt een tegenhanger van de Ferrari Challenge en Porsche Super Cup. Andere raceactiviteiten van Lamborghini zijn de Murcielago R-GT in de GT1 klasse en de Gallardo GT3.
Overigens durf ik de voorspelling wel aan dat Lamborghini over pak em beet 1 a 2 jaar met een straatversie van deze racer op de markt gaat komen. Dat trucje zullen ze wel afkijken van hun collega’s uit Maranello. Naamsuggestie? Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Super Trofeo Stradale.
Lamborghini announces The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo – the world’s fastest one-make series
Automobili Lamborghini has today announced The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo – the world’s fastest one-make series. The series will debut in May 2009, and feature Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo: a lightweight version of the Gallardo LP 560-4 super sports car launched earlier this year. The Super Trofeo will come with a reworked chassis, significantly reduced weight of only 1300 kg, and power output of 419 kW (570 hp) from its V10, ‘Iniezione Diretta Stratificata’ engine. Lamborghini has a clear objective to ensure the Super Trofeo is the fastest one-make series in the world.
The race car will feature Lamborghini’s permanent four-wheel drive, making the Super Trofeo the only one-make, all-wheel drive motorsport series. Lamborghini will build cars for a 30-strong grid, available to individual professional and ‘gentleman’ drivers, as well as Lamborghini dealer teams. One factory car, reserved for celebrity ‘guest drivers’, will be included in the line-up at each round.
“We’re delighted to announce The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo,” said Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “Both on-track and off, our championship will reflect the Lamborghini brand, with extreme, high performance racing and stylish and luxurious trackside facilities. This gives our Lamborghini clients, as well as professional and gentleman racing drivers looking for a new challenge, the opportunity to experience Lamborghini in the ultimate driving environment.”
The first competition of the 2009 provisional calendar will run on 3 May at Silverstone Circuit in the UK, followed by Adria in Italy on 17 May; Nuremburg’s Norisring in Germany on 5 July; Spa in Belgium on 2 August; Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya in Spain on 20 September; and culminating on 4 October in Monza, Italy. At Monza in ‘the world’s fastest one-make series’.
With the Swiss watchmaker as title sponsor, The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo will run over European race weekends alongside other prestigious series such as the FIA GT Championship, DTM and FIA WTCC (World Touring Car Championship). Either one or two drivers can register for each three-day race weekend, comprising of free practice and qualifying sessions, and three 40-minute races during Saturday and Sunday. The results of the three races are added together: no success ballast is added to winning cars, and the cars cannot be modified during the season.
The Super Trofeo car and parts package is offered at 200,000 euro plus tax and entry fee, via Lamborghini dealerships, with support and parts trackside. The prestigious ‘Lamborghini Village’ will provide a luxurious paddock package in true Lamborghini style, for drivers, sponsors and guests.
The Super Trofeo car
The Super Trofeo race car is based on the Gallardo LP 560-4, powered by the new 5.2 litre V10 direct injection ‘Iniezione Diretta Stratificata’, engine, generating an increased output of 419 kW (570 hp). Its power flows through the e.gear six-speed robotized gear box to the permanent all-wheel drive with viscous traction.
The Super Trofeo is a top-class race car in every detail. Its chassis, featuring double wishbone suspension all round, has been reworked specifically for the purpose. The slick tyres are supplied by Pirelli and a specialist racing brake system provides brutal stopping power. The race car weighs in at only 1,300 kg dry, despite its additional safety cage. Additional body components such as the large, fixed rear wing are made from carbon-fibre composite. The cockpit includes ultra-light racing seat, racing steering wheel and specialized instruments.