Lambo test driver Valentino Balboni shows us the car that bears his namesake: the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni special edition. Watch this car move, and you too would cry sweet tears if it was named after you.
A nearly five-minute video featuring a new special edition Gallardo named for Valentino Balboni has just been released. The very humble Balboni, a Lambo test driver for 40 years, nearly breaks down in tears towards the end of the video because of how touched he is by the gesture to name a car after him.
In his honor, the company will produce the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni special edition. The car will be a bit distinct from other Gallardo models, with a racing stripe adorning the exterior, and unique interior features.
Limited to just 250 units, the rear-wheel drive supercar comes with a 5.2-liter V10 engine. The 550 hp unit propels the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just under four seconds, on its way to a 320 km/h. It has a 45% limited slip differential on the rear axle, a new stability system allowing for better drifing, new dampers, springs, and tires.
Balboni believes that there is not a man alive who has driven more miles than he has in a Lamborghini, and he's probably correct. If anyone deserves to have a Lambo named after him, it's Balboni.