Lamborghini announces Blancpain Super Trofeo racing series
Lamborghini has today announced a new racing series called the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, which is set to commence next May and is described as the world’s fastest one-make series. Competitors will race Lamborghini’s new ‘Super Trofeo’ ? a lightweight version of the Gallardo LP 560-4 ? and events are scheduled for race tracks all over Europe. The Super Trofeo will come with a reworked chassis, significantly reduced weight of only 1300 kg, and power output of 570hp (419kW). The race car will also feature Lamborghini’s permanent AWD system and E-Gear six-speed robotized transmission, which means the Blancpain Super Trofeo will also be the world’s only strictly AWD race series. Other features include a reworked double wishbone suspension system, Pirelli slick racing tires, a specialist racing brake system, a full safety roll cage, a fixed rear wing are made from carbon-fiber, and an ultra-light racing seat. Lamborghini will build cars for a 30-strong grid, available to professional drivers, enthusiasts, and Lamborghini dealer teams. One factory car, reserved for celebrity ‘guest drivers’, will be included in the line-up at each round. The first competition of the 2009 provisional calendar will run on May 3 at Silverstone in the UK, followed by Adria in Italy on May 17, Nuremburg’s Norisring in Germany on July 5, Spa in Belgium on August 2, Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya in Spain on September 20, and culminating on October 4 in Monza, Italy. The Super Trofeo car and parts package is offered at ?200,000 plus taxes and entry fees through select Lamborghini dealerships. Blancpain is the name of a Swiss watchmaker that is the title sponsor for the series.