A company based in Germany by the name of Reiter Engineering has been building a series of highly modified Lamborghini models for motorsport use for years but more recently the company has been building road-going versions of these race-prepped supercars. That’s because there is a select clientele of supercar buyers out there that not only want to drive their cars to the limit at the track, but also want to drive their cars home at the end of the day.
This is a market Lamborghini has yet to really penetrate--until now. In conjunction with its Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make racing series, Lamborghini has released a new limited edition model dubbed the Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition.
Completely road-legal, the first Gallardo from the limited Blancpain Edition production run was presented by the automaker’s CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, this past weekend at the final race weekend of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series. If you don’t recall, Blancpain is a luxury watch company that co-sponsors the Lamborghini Gallardo one-make race series.
To become a LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition., the Gallardo receives a new bodykit with a mighty rear spoiler, a new engine cover for optimized ventilation, custom Skorpius wheels with yellow-painted brake calipers and discs made from carbon-ceramic composite. More carbon-fiber is also used for some external components such as the diffuser and mirror casings, as well as in the interior.
As a result of all the lightweight carbon-fiber, the latest supercar from Sant’Agata Bolognese boasts a dry weight of no more than 2,954 pounds--the lightest road-going model in Lamborghini’s range.
Power comes from the same 570 horsepower 5.2-liter V-10 engine found in the Gallardo Superleggera and Super Trofeo race car, and this is matched to Lamborghini’s automated six-speed manual and constant all-wheel drive system. The end result is a 0-60 mph time of less than 3.4 seconds and a top speed in excess of 199 mph.
Look out for our live coverage of the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition at this week’s 2010 Paris Auto Show, and in the meantime stay up to date by clicking here.