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2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo

Lamborghini unveils the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013

Automobili Lamborghini's President & CEO outlines 2013 plan for a thriving series

Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini's President and CEO set out a bold vision for the ultimate one make series Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo at the final round of the European series in Los Arcos,Navarra.

Flanked by the company's Research & Development Director and Head of Lamborghini Motorsport, Maurizio Reggiani, the pair outlined how the series has significantly expanded its grid, inaugurated a successful championship in Asia, provided a fertile environment for guest and VIP immersion in the Lamborghini brand, and had built a significant following through traditional and burgeoning social media. The Lamborghini executives were joined by Alain Delamuraz, Vice President and Head of Marketing, Blancpain, the series' principal sponsor.

While summarizing the successes Super Trofeo had recorded over the past twelve months, the press conference in the Atalaya Centre at the Navarra race circuit provided the stage to unveil the series' 2013 race car, the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo.

The 2013 Gallardo
As outlined by Maurizio Reggiani, the 2013 Gallardo is based on the proven chassis and mechanical platform of its predecessor, but takes a significant step forward following extensive aerodynamic re-profiling of the surface geometries and the addition of adjustable aerodynamic devices, including an all-new ten-position rear wing.

Vital Stats
Engine : 5.4 L., 10-cylinder
Power: 570 hp

6-speed Sequential
The net benefit of this significant aerodynamic upgrade is 120% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency over the Gallardo's 2012 model. With re-modelling of brake ducts, the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo achieves a 50% improvement in thermal performance wîth improved front brake cooling, while better balance and dynamic performance is achieved by increasing downforce by 128kg in low downforce set up and 160kg in high downforce trim.


While the racing technology advances, Mr Reggiani emphasises that the Gallardo provides an efficient and cost-effective platform for customer racing. 'We have taken a significant step forward wîth the aerodynamic performance of the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo, but still the car stays true to our core principles. We believe that it is important to evolve the car, while ensuring Super Trofeo remains an attractive series in which to compete.'

Europe in retrospect
As Automobili Lamborghini looks to 2013 – its 50th anniversary year – Super Trofeo has grown into one of the company's foremost platforms for communicating its brand heritage. Having set out in 2009, the 2012 season has seen up to 20 cars contesting races at the best European tracks, featuring drivers from ten different nations and providing a level playing field in which no less than eight teams have shared the honours of claiming a pole position this season. 2,500 guests have been entertained in driving academies, passenger laps and parades or enjoyed the sumptuous and unique hospitality environment of the Lamborghini Village. With 129 million households across Europe following the action courtesy of Eurosport – including the appearance of guests from Valentino Rossi to Adrian Newey and 70,000 fans following Super Trofeo through social media channels, 2012 marked the waypoint to extend the formula to other markets.

Super Trofeo heads to Asia
Along wîth valued partner, Blancpain, Lamborghini launched the Asian Super Trofeo in 2012, and four of the six races this season have taken place. The results in only its first season have been truly remarkable, wîth 480 media attending races from key markets including Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and India, and more than 2,200 guests entertained in the Asian expression of the Lamborghini Village.

The huge engagement of Lamborghini customers, press and the public alike has been remarkable, delivering for instance over 6 million page views of a dedicated Super Trofeo page on sina.com in the heart of the expanding Chinese market and regular highlights on CCTV reaching 560 million households.

Alain Delamuraz, Vice President and Head of Marketing, Blancpain said, 'The union between Blancpain and Automobili Lamborghini is one founded upon the shared values of precision, accuracy and technical excellence. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is the manifestation of these shared values, a series that grows and improves every year. I am delighted that 2013 will take the series further than ever before in the continuing pursuit of excellence.'

2013 Developments
All participants who have participated in the 2012 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo European series will be offered the opportunity to attend a two day official test prior to the start of the 2013 Championship. The test will take place on the 19th and 20th of March, 2013, in Vallelunga, Italy.

Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that Automobili Lamborghini are planning to expand the Super Trofeo series into other markets, such as the ÚSA.

The wider motorsport picture
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in Europe and Asia form a critical staging post in Lamborghini's motorsport strategy which connects the Lamborghini Academy to GT3. And while Trofeo goes from strength to strength, so too has 2012 delivered impressive results in senior motorsport.

Drawing the review of 2012 and the exciting plans for 2013 to a close, Stephan Winkelmann said, 'Motorsport is at the essence of what Lamborghini stands for, and the great affinity for our marque deserves to be represented though racing to deliver the emotional engagement that really connects the spirit that exists in every one of our cars, whether created for the road or the track.'

He concluded, 'We are delighted that the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo has been such a success in Europe and Asia. We would like to thank our partners at Blancpain, our many customers who race wîth us and the media and the public that give us enormous support. In return, we will strive to improve the car, the series and all of the essential ingredients that will underline our future success.'

About Blancpain: Over 275 years of tradition in motion
Founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, the watch brand bearing is name is the oldest in the world. Blancpain is currently engaged in a long-term commitment to the renewal of mechanical watchmaking and to passing on exceptional expertise from one generation to the next through constant investment in human resources, production facilities and research.

From the creation of components through to watch design, Blancpain is distinguished by its ability to develop exceptional movements. Over the past seven years, the Manufacture in Le Brassus has indeed developed no less than 22 new calibres.

Through its various models, Blancpain preserves its heritage of precision and elegance, while also displaying an innovative and occasionally provocative spirit. Its range encompasses the daring Levolution line, the legendary Fifty Fathoms diver's watch, as well as the classic Villeret collection and the Blancpain Women models.

The sports enthusiasts' watch: Chronographe Flyback à Rattrapante Grande Date
While remaining loyal to its fundamental values, Blancpain quite naturally associates wîth the world of fine automotive mechanical engineering, since the key values of precision, reliability and sturdiness are required and shared by both cars and watches.

The bezel, caseback, dial and even the cap of the folding clasp are all made of carbon fibre and represent technical accomplishments vividly reflecting Blancpain's innovative strength. To highlight the sporting nature of the new L-evolutionR, a digital font displays the large date as well as the 3 and 9 o'clock numerals, while the shape of the pushpiece at 8 o'clock resembles a fuel tank cap.

When the chronograph is in action, the movement wîth its column wheel and vertical coupling-clutch ensures excellent precision. Two major horological complications offer additionally useful functions: the split-second chronograph enables a split-time read-off, while the flyback function serves to instantly reset and restart the chronograph. The black alcanatara strap is equipped wîth carbon fibre inserts evoking the latest technological evolutions in racing car design.

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Sold for $189,750 at 2017 Worldwide Auctioneers.
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo racing series was introduced for 2009 and began a partnership between sports-car manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini and Swiss luxury watchmaker Blancpain. In similar fashion to the Ferrari Challenge racing series, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series continued the concept of a one-make racing series. Eighteen rounds were contested on many of Europe's racing circuits as a supporting series to German DTM, FIA GT, and FIA WTCC events.

The Super Trofeo was the only single-make racing series to utilize all-wheel-drive cars. Production was strictly limited and continued with updates as Lamborghini developed new versions of the Gallardo and its racing variants. Both professional and 'gentleman' drivers in possession of an International Competition License (Class A, B, or C) are allowed to contest the Super Trofeo. The Lamborghini factory also enters cars of its own, with celebrity drivers making guest appearances at the wheel of the Gallardo Super Trofeo racing cars.

At the series final race of the 2012 season, a new Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo car was announced. It featured more power and extensive aerodynamic improvements applied to the bodywork, a new rear diffuser, and 10-position rear wing. The car had 120% improvement in overall aerodynamic efficiency over the prior model. Brake cooling was also significantly improved with revised ducting, and balance and handling significantly improved with extra downforce ranging from 128 kilograms (281 lbs.) to 160 kg (352 lbs.) depending on the specific setup. The V-10 engine was now rated at 620 horsepower over its 2009-2012 570 horsepower predecessors with carbon induction systems and other special features. The 2013 Gallardo Super Trofeo weighed just 2,900 pounds (dry) and the base price first indicated in Lamborghini's literature for the 2013 series was $338,000 but soon ended nearer the $400,000 mark.

This particular example was sponsored by Lamborghini Houston, race-numbered 9, and raced in the 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo supporting the IMSA North American Racing Series. it wore a blue wrap with sponsorship graphics over the factory Bianco Monocerus (Bright White) paint finish. Fewer than 2,400 kilometers have been covered from new.

This Super Trofeo race car was campaigned by Rick Ware Racing and driven by Cody Ware, during which it competed in eight races. Its first victory came at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with Ware winning the Amateur Class and finishing a fifth overall. Ware went on to earn a third-place podium in Round 10 of the series at Watkins Glen International in New York.

This Gallardo Super Trofeo is one just 110 examples produced for the world market, produced in all from 2009-2014. The 5.2-liter V-10 it is fitted with direct fuel injection and electronic engine management. The 620 horsepower is sent to all four-wheels through a six-speed -Gear sequential paddle-shift transmission.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017

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