A Closer Look at Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo Racing Series

-Scott Villeneuve

If you happen to be a Lamborghini enthusiast, a racing enthusiast, or even both, here’s something that may brighten your day.  Last weekend, Lamborghini debuted their Asian Blancpain Super Trofeo series at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

Lamborghini of course is the only make in this series as you can see by the images. Despite this, they have succeeded in having 18 teams from China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan competing for the top spot in the podium over a pair of races.  This was the first race in the Asian circuit featuring tracks such as Sepang, Fuji, Ordos, Zhuhai, Penbay and then ending at Shanghai in November for the season finale.

A close look at the car:

The race car is essentially a lightweight version of the road-going Gallardo LP 560-4. The Super Trofeo race car comes complete with a renovated chassis and a power output of 562hp from the same engine used in the LP 570-4 Superleggera road car. Of course the race car has Lamborghini’s permanent four-wheel drive for superior track ability and comes equipped with leading safety feature such as; an FIA FT-3 fuel cell, a full roll cage, a new Brembo Racing brake system and compatibility with HANS safety devices.

Carbon-fibre composite features heavily in the bodyshell’s construction, forming the front skirt, splitter, rear bonnet, front compartment cover, side skirts, diffuser, rear skirt and large rear wing. The rear wing can also be repositioned to suit the requirements of different race tracks and environments, while all the race car’s windscreens and windows are made from Makrolon lightweight hi-tech polycarbonate.

Complementing its carbon-fibre black Alcantara panels, the Super Trofeo comes equipped with one low-mounted racing bucket seat, produced in light and stiff Kevlar carbon-fibre composite, providing perfect ergonomic support to the driver, who is then secured into position by a six-point racing harness.

Now, remember back about a year to Frankfurt 2011.  Lamborghini debuted the Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale road car.  That car has almost all the same things equipped as these racers, so to those who can afford the road car, find a track day and go for it.  You can even get some optional equipment designed with racing in mind which includes not only the carbon-fiber ceramic brake discs, but also a tubular interior roll cage, 4-point safety belts and fire extinguisher.  Below are some attached images of said road car, and you can still buy them if you have the just under $300,000 asking price.

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