While Ferrari has always been primarily a motorsport company which delved into road-going super cars, Lamborghini’s lack of motorsport heritage has lingered as a blemish on its performance reputation – a result of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini dismissing any involvement as being unprofitable.
Now under the direction of Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini has today announced ‘The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo’ – the world’s fastest one-make series.
The series will debut in May 2009 comprising a grid of 30 lightweight versions of the Gallardo LP 560-4 super sports car.
“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 Super Trofeo edition LP 560-4 racers boast a reworked chassis with double wishbone suspension all round, a specialist racing brake system and Pirelli slick racing tyres.
Carbon-fibre composite body components such as the fixed rear wing combine with an ultra-light racing seat, racing steering wheel and specialized instruments for a total weight of just 1,300kg.
A race-spec version of its 5.2-litre V10 engine develops 419kW through its e.gear six-speed robotized gear box to the permanent all-wheel drive with viscous traction, making the Super Trofeo the only one-make, all-wheel drive motorsport series in the world.
The cars will be made available to individual professionals as well as Lamborghini dealer teams, while one car will be reserved for celebrity guest drivers at the start of each round.
Potential competitors are offered the Super Trofeo car and parts package from around AUD$410,000 through Lamborghini dealerships and includes support and parts trackside.