Lamborghini Gallardo 570-4 Super Trofeo
Lamborghini's Super Trofeo series is the stuff of little boys dreams. Over the last 16 years Lamborghini has offered a single make series to it's most cavaliering buyers and playboy-racers. In that time, various iterations of the series have descended on the world's greatest race circuits with stripped-down racing variants of the Diablo, Murcielago and Gallardo. For a while it was the only place where you could see the flame-spitting V12 and V10 super cars doing battle in full race trim. For 2013, the fairy tale continues with Lamborghini's introduction of the latest edition of the Gallardo. With it, comes an improved Super Trofeo series. In a press conference held at the Navarra Race Circuit in Northern Spain, Lamborghini outlined the technical improvements made to the the Gallardo 570-4 Super Trofeo, as well as its strategic plans for the series.
The somewhat-minor restyling of the road going 2013 Gallardo has, according to Lamborghini, improved the dynamics of the Gallardo 570-4 Super Trofeo immensely. The Super Trofeo's aerodynamic efficiency is improved by over 120% versus the 2012 model. While a redesign of the brake ducts has lead to a 50% increase in thermal performance and brake cooling. Downforce has been increased by the average weight of a Mississippian– up to 350 pounds, in it's highest configuration.
Basically, what all that engineering jargon translates to is a faster, and easier-to-drive Gallardo. Mid-corner and exit speeds should be expected to increase along with top speeds. The improved braking should translate into more passing (hopefully) as drivers will now be able to dive bomb each other with relentless persistence. All of which is part of an effort to make the Super Trofeo Series more attractive to race teams and drivers.The added excitement and increased competition should make for better entertainment as well.
Blancpain, sponsor of the the Super Trofeo series, will continue its partnership with Lamborghini through 2013. That's is great because the series also serves as a terrific farm for racing talent, with successful and talented drivers moving up into Lamborghini's GT3 program and competition in Blancpain's grueling Endurance Series.
Lamborghini is hinting that it will be making a kindov of a big deal of it's 50th anniversary in 2013, with world wide expansion and special edition models in the works. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that there are plans to bring the Super Trofeo series to the United States. As motorsports fans we couldn't be more excited; with SPEED out of the picture hopefully someone grows a pair and broadcasts a stateside race or two stateside!