First product is a titanium exhaust for the Aventador SV.
Driving Lamborghinis for a living must have been the most amazing job in the world, and Valentino Balboni did it for no less than four decades. He was hired as a test driver back in September 1973 and his very first test was with one of the last Miura SVs built. Not bad for the first day on the job, is it? You can imagine Lamborghini has tremendous respect for him and the peeps from Sant’Agata Bolognese even named a car after him, the ‘Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni.’
Fast forward to present day, the iconic Lambo development and test driver has decided to express his love for the raging bull by setting up his own brand. Simply called ‘VB’, the new company will focus on delivering aftermarket products tailored to Lamborghinis. The first of the bunch is a titanium exhaust system created specifically for the Aventador SuperVeloce. The ultra-light exhaust will receive its proper launch on August 20 in California at the Concorso Italiano during the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Aside from looking downright amazing, the custom exhaust is also very light, tipping the scales at only 13.8 pounds (6.3 kilograms) thanks to the all-titanium construction. VB promises it will set “a new dimension in sound” and only 30 units will ever be made, with each taking more than 350 hours of work.
We will have to wait a bit to find out details about pricing, but you can imagine it’s not cheap taking into account it has been developed for a supercar that was available in United States for close to $500,000. It’s worth mentioning you can’t buy an Aventador SV anymore since all 600 cars planned for production were sold in only three months after the supercar’s reveal at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Gallery: Titanium exhaust by Valentino Balboni for Lamborghini Aventador SV
Valentino Balboni presents: “A New Dimension In Sound”
Sant’Agata Bolognese (8 August 2016) - For 40 years Valentino Balboni was in charge of the development of Lamborghini supercars and became a living legend among the lovers of the Raging Bull. Today, Valentino Balboni decided the time had come to further share his passion and expertise with Lamborghini owners and all fans of supercars around the world who admire him.
To fulfil this goal, Valentino decided to launch his own brand, named “VB”. VB is a straightforward and essential brand that revolves around Valentino’s savoir-faire and unique driving thrills. VB has the aim to offer Lamborghini owners and fans an insight into the passion and perfection that has distinguished Valentino’s career as a test driver for the Raging Bull.
At Concorso Italiano (Seaside, Monterey Bay, California), on August 20, 2016, at 2:45 pm local time, Valentino Balboni will officially unveil VB’s first achievement: a new dimension in sound. It will be the state of the art, limited edition, ultralight titanium exhaust for the almighty Lamborghini Aventador LP-750 SV.
With a startling total weight of 13.8 lbs (6.3 kg) and only 30 numbered pieces produced, it requests more than 350 hours to manufacture each piece. Valentino’s aim is not only to create an outstanding exhaust made in Italy but to offer the selected Lamborghini owners a one of a kind collector’s item automotive marvel that will be desired for what it truly is: A piece of Art.
So stay tuned and check out his website: www.valentinobalboni.net Exhaust technical specifications
- 13.8 lbs (6.3 kg) - Titanium Grade 2 - Completely handmade T.I.G. segment tubes welding - Billet cut titanium mounts - Bolt on exhaust using OEM mountings - 350 hours to manufacture
VB stands for Valentino Balboni.
The VB logo. The green-white-red stripes stand for the Italian flag. The homeland of Valentino. Their streamlined perspective represents the legendary “Balboni highway”. This road along the factory (the Via Modena), where Valentino Balboni used to drive all the cars he tested, became famous for all those who paid a visit to the places of the Raging Bull. Another fascinating side of the logo is the shape of the “B”, which comes from two real curves, located in Sant’Agata Bolognese, and where Valentino impressed every person sitting in the passenger’s seat, with his peculiar way to master them at high speed.