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Lamborghini Reveals 2013 Super Trofeo Race Car, Hints At U.S. Series

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This past week Lamborghini revealed its updated 2013 Gallardo range, which for the latest model year gets revised styling and a host of new personalization options. However, an update to the road car means the racing version, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo, is also due for renewal, and today we have the first official images of the latest Lambo racer.

The new race car, which features a similar look to the 2013 Gallardo LP 560-4 model from which it’s derived, was revealed at the conclusion of the 2012 Blancpain Super Trofeo European Championship at the Navarra race circuit in Spain over the weekend. The 2012 title went to Frenchman Cédric Leimer and his crew at Autovitesse Garage R.

On hand to present the car was Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann, as well as R&D chief Maurizio Reggiani, who seconds as the company’s motorsports director. They were also joined by Alain Delamuraz, marketing boss for the Blancpain watch company.

As outlined by Reggiani, the 2013 Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo race car is based on the proven chassis and mechanical platform of its predecessor, but has seen significant improvements in its aerodynamics, cooling and downforce. According to Reggiani, the 2013 race car is 120 percent more aerodynamic than its predecessor, has 50 percent better brake cooling and can produce an additional 350 pounds in downforce.

The body  of the race car is composed almost entirely of carbon fiber, including the bumpers, splitter, rear hood piece, front compartment cover, side skirts, diffuser and large rear wing. The rear wing can also be repositioned to suit the requirements of different race tracks and environments. Inside, there’s Alcantara trim and a low-mounted racing bucket seat produced from a mix of Kevlar and carbon fiber.

The one-make Blancpain Super Trofeo series is now heading into its fourth year. Initially starting as a European event, the series has since expanded into Asia and Lamborghini has confirmed other markets are being considered, including the U.S.

For those unfamiliar with the series, the Blancpain Super Trofeo Championship is a one-make racing series aimed at gentleman racers and private firms. Each team is provided with a car or they can field their own as long as it meets the series’ strict regulations. For the 2012 season, each team needed to field a race car based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4, and the same will apply for the 2013 season.
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