The Diablo GT1 Stradale Is The Lamborghini You Never Knew Existed

Once upon a time, Lamborghini embarked on an ambitious sports car racing programme that would have seen it competing against the likes of the Porsche 911 GT1 and McLaren F1 GTR. Unfortunately, the project was scrapped but not before two race-focused examples of the Diablo were created.

Dubbed the Lamborghini Diablo GT1 Stradale, one example resides in Europe while the second sits in a private Japanese collection. You may have never known the Stradale ever existed but all it takes is one look to understand that it is the absolute quintessential Lamborghini.

Filmed by YouTuber NM2255 last year, the GT1 Stradale was built by French specialist Signes Advanced Technology. At the heart of the racer is a 6.0-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine delivering 655 hp and wrapped around it is distinctive carbon fiber bodywork that dramatically alters the appearance of Lamborghini’s former flagship.

The interior is also dramatically different to a road-going Diablo and features a custom pedal box, exposed shifter and of course, all the custom buttons, switches and knobs you would expect of the finest race car.

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  • Six Thousand Times

    I have no memory of this. Anyone?

  • donald seymour

    The interior is actually really nice. They must of have redone it, they had to.

  • Bash

    WOW, where was that been hiding?

  • Kaisuke971

    Makes me wonder how many cars that (almost) no one knows about are sitting in a garage… For example, most people know about the 2002 M3 GTR because of NFS MW, but the car has pretty much never been seen on the road by anyone.

    The only video of it i’ve seen driven by anowner is one example pulling up at a Cars & Coffee lol

  • fabri99

    Well, speak for yourself, saw it in the flesh at Milano Autoclassica this year. Amazing machine. Almost frightening I’d say.

  • Six_Tymes

    i wish I could see this in person. I do remember reading about the program they were developing but never had enough funding back then. very cool piece of car history.