Remember the Lamborghini ‘super sports car’ that was to be unveiled at Frankfurt? Turns out Lamborghini has picked up one of its cars racing in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo (Italy’s idea of a one-make series) and dipped it in the stunning Rosso Mars colour and brought it to Frankfurt.
As Lamborghini puts it ‘The Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale sports a brand new “Rosso Mars” finish that underscores the special connection between ultimate race track performance and Lamborghini’s “Italianness”. The “Rosso Mars” color symbolizes Italy’s traditional racing red, as established at the beginning of last century in motor racing, when the home nations of the competitors were indicated by the color of the paint on the vehicles.’
The huge spoiler, straight off the racing car, is finished in matt black and offers greater aerodynamic load – reaching in the best aerodynamic condition 3 times the load of the Gallardo LP 560-4. The spoiler is manually adjustable to optimize the car’s performance based on track conditions. The engine cover and the front air intakes are also finished in matt black in contrast with the Rosso Mars paint. The forged wheels are painted in high-gloss black, a color that is also available on the roof as an option. The rocker panel covers, the rear diffuser and outside mirror housings are made of carbon fiber polished to a high gloss, while the brake calipers are accented in red for the first time on a Lamborghini. The new Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale is also available upon request in “Grigio Telesto” ( pardon the sacrilege, but for those groping in the dark, that’s grey) or “Bianco Monocerus” ( that’s white) with the roof available in gloss black as an option, as mentioned above.
Alcantara, as we would expect from any Lamborghini, in the much flaunted “Rosso Mars” color is used on the underside of the dashboard, the central part of the seat cushion and the backrest. Black Alcantara with contrasting red top-stitching is used to finish the other parts of the interior. Carbon fiber is also used in abundance. The steering wheel is upholstered in black suede and also features red top-stitching. The door panels, the monocoque racing seats and the center console cover are made of carbon fiber, the construction of which Lamborghini has achieved a world-leading expertise in. Discreet sporty accents are provided by dark chrome visible metal parts. Upon request, an interior layout including elements made of carbon fiber, such as the handbrake frame, the middle of the center console, the lower rim of the steering wheel, the decorative frames around the main and secondary instrument panels, the door handles, and the handle for opening the glove box (also available upon request), can be ordered.
The V10 powerplant generates 570 HP, equivalent to 419 kW, which is fully available at 8000 RPM. The maximum torque is equally impressive, with the torque curve peaking at 540 Nm at 6500 RPM. Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale offers the robotized e-gear six-speed transmission controlled by steering wheel paddles as standard equipment. For those traffic light GPs, Lamborghini offers the ‘Thrust Mode’ which is Lamborghini’s version of Launch Control, helping any driver achieve ‘racing start’ at an initial engine speed of 5000 rpm.
All-Wheel drive with racing-derived suspension layout ensures you stay on the track regardless of your driving skills. Double aluminum wishbones guide the wheels. Precise rack-and-pinion steering supposedly gives the driver proper feedback from the road. No other model in the Gallardo line is as close to being a true race car. Another great feature is the ultra-lightweight 19-inch wheels, which alone save some 13 kilograms. The lightweight and sturdy wheel bearings and bolts are made from titanium and high performance Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are fitted.
ESP stability control system is standard equipment.The front axle is equipped with aluminum calipers with eight pistons each, and the calipers on the rear axle have four pistons each.Lamborghini will also install carbon-ceramic brake system upon request. Lamborghini is also offering a number of options for customers on either end of the spectrum. The racing enthusiasts get carbon-fiber ceramic brake discs, but also a tubular interior roll cage, 4-point safety belts and fire extinguisher. On the other hand, those who want to make living with the hardcore Lamborghini easier can equip their Super Trofeo Stradale with a satellite navigation, with Bluetooth connection for mobile phones, an anti-theft system, and a lifting system that raises the front axle.
Of course, at 1340 kg the Super Trofeo Stradale is definitely not the 999 kg lightweight we were expecting Lamborghini to roll out at Frankfurt, but we cannot but nod our heads everytime Lamborghini starts to rave about the Rosso Mars colour wrapped over the most hardcore Gallardo ever!