For quite some time, Lamborghini has not officially engaged in motorsport except for the one-make Super Trofeo series. Now, the Sant’ Agata-based supercar maker has announced a new racer and a five-year long motorsport program.
The Gallardo GT3 FL2 is based on the recently revamped MY2013 Gallardo and has been created in cooperation with Reiter Engineering, the German outfit that has developed its own racing versions of Lamborghini models since 2000 netting 199 victories and 350 podium finishes.
This, though, is the first time that Lamborghini’s own R&D department has been involved in the racing car’s development. The GT3 FL2 features “24-hour” (i.e. fade-resistant) brakes, improved engine cooling, reduced fuel consumption, a new front splitter, a rear carbon fiber diffuser based on that used by the Super Trofeo cars and a weight reduction of 25 kg (55 pounds) compared to the previous Gallardo GT3.
“We are delighted to announce a minimum five-year agreement with Reiter Engineering as our exclusive development and supply partner for Lamborghini GT3 cars”, said CEO Stepahn Winkelmann. “We are committed to supporting racing in Europe and Asia in 2013 with expansion to the USA in 2014”, he added.
First deliveries of the new Gallardo GT3 FL2, which is priced at €320,000 (US$432,000) excluding taxes, will begin in March to teams participating in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Endurance Series and the Italian GT3 championship in Europe and the Asia Le Mans Series.
The GT3 program, including both the Super Trofeo and customer cars, will be overseen by Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the company’s in-house motorsport department.
By Andrew Tsaousis