Major changes are planned for 2012's race cars as Hans Reiter confirms endurance racing will be the next development step.
"Our customers and ourselves proved already, that the Gallardo is a safe and fast car in sprint format races", explains Hans Reiter the reason for the next development step. "Now we want to be successful at long distance races too. Our aim is, to have a reliable 24-hour race car, which is able to win."
Upgrades include a new 2012 Holinger gearbox which is lighter and made of less parts than the previous version. Shifting is more direct and precise now. Other changes include a bigger splitter and double dive plates on the front bumper corners for more downforce.
Still in development the suspension will be re-calibrated to provide more mechanical grip but reduce tire scrub giving better balance and longevity towards the end of the race.
An AP Racing brake system with new six-piston calipers and reworked brake cooling for the front will improve the brake performance in long distance races.
Power remains the same from the 5.2 liter V10 dialed up to 600 PS (441 kW / 592 bhp) at 8,000 rpm.
Price hasn't been updated yet, but as a point of reference last year's race car costs €288,500 ($373,400) not including VAT.
The development of the new endurance parts will be ready by January and February 2012 at the 24-hours in Dubai and the Gulf 12-hours in Abu Dhabi respectively.