This Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 GT3 is the latest creation from German racing team Reiter Engineering aimed at taking on some of the world’s most famous 24-hour events.
‘LP600’ refers to the 600PS (441kW) Reiter engine tune of Lamborghini’s 5.2-litre V10 powertrain, which is around a 20kW increase over the LP 570-4 Superleggera variant.
Reiter has recently upgraded the Gallardo LP600 after winning four GT titles in 2011, in what were essentially shorter sprint races.
“Our customers and ourselves proved already that the Gallardo is a safe and fast car in sprint format races,” says engineer and company founder Hans Reiter. “Now we want to be successful at long distance races too. Our aim is to have a reliable 24-hour race car, which is able to win.”
Reiter Engineering has already completed the development of the new Australian-made Holinger transmission, as well as the car’s aerodynamics kit. The gearbox is both lighter and faster shifting, while the car has increased downforce due to a larger front splitter and double dive plates.
The company is still developing the suspension and brake system for the LP600 GT3, but Reiter says the new car will have more grip and better handling.
“The idea behind the new kinematic is to offer more mechanical grip due to a higher static roll stiffness, which allows softer heave springs. We would also reduce the pitch movement under breaking, allowing for softer springs in the front, which increases braking forces and response to the driver.”
An updated AP braking system with six-piston calipers and new cooling for the front brakes will improve performance during endurance races.
Testing of the Gallardo LP600 GT3 car will continue in this year’s 24-hour event in Dubai and at the Gulf 12-hour in Abu Dhabi.
Pricing for the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 GT3 car is expected to exceed £290,000 ($436,000).