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Additions to the Gallardo Line
- Sant Agata, Italy.
Lamborghini factory reveled that they are actively working on a
Spyder/Roadster version of the Gallardo. Unlike its Murciélago
Spyder cousin (which has only a simple canvas
sheet with manual attachment clips), the Gallardo roof will be fully automatic and will fold in
under the engine cover. Also an SV version of the Gallardo is being
worked on. Target date is set for 2006. It will be at least
550 to 600HP depending on the competition at the time.
- Future Lamborghini
SV Style Murciélago GT Racer for Le Mans
- Sant Agata, Italy.
information coming out of the factory at Lamborghini currently
speaks of an internal effort to build about 25 specialized SV style
Murciélago GT road-going cars. They're expected to be launched at
the end of 2005 and a few may be entered in the 2005 Le Mans series.
The R-GT will use a modified V12 that's (6.5 liters), up from the
6.2-litre unit in the current car. Power is hoped to get to 700+ HP.
Like the Ferrari Enzo, it will also have ceramic brake discs
(hopefully better priced!), along with an improved E-Gear paddle
shift transmission. To save weight they will be SV style rear wheel
only driven cars. A 0-60mph time of less than 3.5 sec is set as a
By the way, the 2005 (regular)
Murciélago is expected to have upgraded brakes, suspension and
larger wheels front and back going from the current 18 inch to 19
inch wheels like those of the Gallardo.
Racing Discontinues Lamborghini Program
- Houston TX.
28th September 2004
a surprising announcement, Krohn-Barbour
Racing has announced it will not enter its
two Lamborghini Murciélago R-GTs in the
season finale of the American Le Mans Series
at Laguna Seca, Oct. 14-16, and has
discontinued its program with the Italian
Krohn-Barbour Racing was established this
year by Tracy Krohn and sports car legend
Dick Barbour, and has contested most rounds
of the ALMS driving two Lamborghinis. The
team’s two cars were driven by David Brabham/Peter
Kox and Tracy Krohn/Scott Maxwell.
Krohn said that the program had been
promised factory support. This was never
Scott Atherton (president of ALMS),
expressed the organization’s disappointment
at the news. He said “The
Lamborghinis have been some of the most
popular cars that have ever competed in the
American Le Mans Series and were very
well-received by fans" , he went on to say
“We are very sad to see the Lamborghini
and Disappointment for Lamborghini at Le Mans Atlanta
Atlanta GA. 26th
of the Krohn-Barbour Racing Lamborghinis lasted the full nine hours
and 35 minutes required to reach the chequered flag in the 1000-mile
Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, but the team's other car skated off
the track on someone else's oil after five hours while running
strongly in third place in the GTS class.
The #6 Murcielago R-GT of Scott Maxwell, Tracy Krohn and Joe Fox
came home fifth in GTS, completing the greatest race distance yet by
the Italian supercar in the its first year of competition. The
result was a notable feat for, of the 35 starters in the gruelling
event, eleven failed to last the distance.
Progress of the #6 car was interrupted when Maxwell, struggling with
a soft brake pedal and difficult gearshift, spun off the track into
the gravel trap on the outside of turn ten shortly after the
three-hour mark. The crew lost around ten laps before rejoining but
ran solidly until, with seven-and-a-half hours gone, Krohn had to
pit to rectify an oil leak by having an oil cooler replaced, when
another 20 laps were conceded.
The #5 sister car of David Brabham, Peter Kox and Nic Jonsson was
the faster of the two Krohn-Barbour Racing cars, moving up from
fifth to third in class - and into the top ten overall - in the
opening three hours of the race, pulling out 17 laps on the
Then the team's bad luck returned. Kox had the misfortune to arrive
at turn ten a couple of seconds after an LMP2 Lola had its engine
erupt, spilling oil on the track. With no way of avoiding the
slippery surface, the Lamborghini spun lazily into a gravel trap at
the circuit's edge, its wheels sinking in to the soft surface and
its engine stalling. Corner workers towed the Murcielago out of the
gravel, but the engine wouldn't restart. Kox got out of the car and
poured the water from his cool-suit over the starter motor, thinking
perhaps it had overheated, but still the car wouldn't start. Battery
drained, the car was out. "I had no chance!" Kox lamented, "There
were no warning flags out because the oil had only just dropped.
It's so frustrating, because it was going really well. The car was
running perfectly and third place was realistically ours. We were
taking it easy, a walk in the park."
The GTS class was won for the eighth successive race this season by
one of the two 'works' Corvettes, with Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta
and Jan Magnussen completing 376 laps to place fourth overall.
Behind the second Corvette, the Dodge Viper of Tom Weickardt,
Jean-Philippe Belloc and Fabio Babini took third on 339 laps. The #6
Krohn-Barbour Racing car completed 313 laps.
Gallardo Wins British Design and Art Direction Award
- London, UK.
Lamborghini Gallardo has won a prestigious award for product design,
following its nomination for a British Design and Art Direction
(D&AD) award. The Gallardo rose above competition from BMW’s
Z4 and DaimlerChrysler’s smart roadster to receive one of only 53
awards made out of 23,000 nominations from 55 countries. The only
automotive product to receive an esteemed silver pencil in the
transport and product design category, the Lamborghini Gallardo
joins Virgin’s Upper Class suite redesign and Apple’s Power Book
range on the winners’ roster.
The famous D&AD awards, widely recognized as the ‘Oscars’ of the
creative industry and judged by approximately 250 eminent creative
practitioners, are not automatically awarded each year. Known as the
‘Yellow Pencils’, the silver awards are reserved for the most
innovative and creative work in advertising and design.
Manfred Fitzgerald, marketing manager for Automobili Lamborghini,
accepted the award on behalf of Lamborghini designer Luc Donkerwolke
at a London ceremony attended by 1400 design and advertising
industry professionals and hosted by Matt Lucas ‘Marjorie Dawes’
from the series Little Britain.
JLOC Prepares Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT for Racing
Tokyo Japan, 31 August 2004
Japanese Lamborghini Owners Club (JLOC) is preparing to return
to the JGTC series with its Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT.
Following delivery of the original pre-production car earlier
this year, JLOC took the decision to test the R-GT in a JGTC
race. The team now intends to compete in JGTC rounds and has
decided to prepare its pre-production car to its full race
JLOC's Murcielago R-GT is back with development house Reiter
Engineering in Germany, in order that the chassis and engine may
be prepared to the R-GT's current race specification. The car
will return to the track for the fifth round of the JGTC at Twin
Ring Motegi, September 3 - 5th, and the team will be joined by a
number of mechanics from Reiter Engineering to support JLOC for
this race weekend.
The privateer team is headed by one of the team's founders,
Masahiko Mearashi, and Japanese Lamborghini Owners' Club
president Isao Noritake.
"It is very exciting to see two Japanese teams contesting the
JGTC with the new Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT," commented
Manfred Fitzgerald of Automobili Lamborghini. "The spirit and
enthusiasm of the JLOC team reflects the enthusiasm for the
Lamborghini marque in Japan, and there will no doubt be a
substantial following for the car in the JGTC."
- 2004 Annual
Concorso Italino Event in Monterey California
California. August 13th
- 15th 2004
Annual Concorso Italiano Car Show was held again
in Monterey California. This show is still one of the
largest displays of Italian cars in the world. As
always the show was dominated by Ferrari. This year they
pulled off a neat stunt by having their red, yellow and
other cars arranged so that they created a Farrari
pattern when seen from the air.
Lamborghini had the second largest
consignment with all car types represented. There were numerous
Diablo's, Murciélago and Gallardo's. I thought there were fewer
Countach's this year. The highlight of the event was the two
Murciélago roadsters that were on show. Unlike the case for other
car shows, people could sit in one of the roadsters and generally
paw the interior! You could see this was a real experience for
young and old alike! More on this machine in the Murciélago section.
Suffice to say here, that the car looks far better in real life than
it does in pictures I have seen.
The event itself: As visitors to this
annual event know, getting in and out by car to this event is a
nightmare. This year was no better than last. There was poor sign
display, unused road surfaces and poor organization of the event.
There was a higher than normal number of older cars braking
down getting there due to overheating in the stop and go traffic.
The good news was the food available was better this year and dare I
mention it, the bathroom facilities (toilets to our European
friends), were very much improved.
Second Place in ALMS Race
- Sonoma California,
July 19th July 2004.
In an incident-packed fourth round of the
American Le Mans Series at
Infineon Raceway, Tracy Krohn and David McEntee took the
Krohn-Barbour Racing Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT to second place in
the hotly-contested GTS class.
The result, although in part aided by the rate of attrition of other
cars, was the best yet for the new Murciélago, which only made its
ALMS race debut just three weeks ago.
the weekend started it looked like the strong three car lineup from
Corvette we might see an all GM win. However two accidents took out
two of these cars and the lone unscathed #3 Corvette took the win
The troubles started in warm-up when Dale
Earnhardt's, Jr. corvette had a car wreck. The fuel neck broke loose
and the car was engulfed in flames. Earnhardt suffered second
degree burns on 69% of his body. He was held at the hospital
overnight for observations. Burns were focused on his chin and inner
thighs. The race started and for much of the time the #3 and #4
Corvettes were dominating the race. However later in the race
another GTS car hit one of the two remaining corvettes leaving a
single corvette to win the race.
There were a few tense minutes in the closing
stages of the race as the remaining Corvette of Oliver Gavin and
Olivier Beretta pushed hard to catch the Lamborghini for second
place. The yellow corvette was recovering from time lost in the pits
while repairing accident damage incurred when it skated off-track on
the same piece of asphalt as the Lamborghini.
With half-an-hour of the race remaining, the Lamborghini appeared to
be well ahead, although the Corvette was slowly closing in. Then
McEntee was called into the pits for a penalty, imposed because the
pit-crew had started working on the Lamborghini before Krohn had cut
the engine for its final scheduled stop. With the silver machine
having held a few laps' advantage over the Corvette, the Lamborghini
penalty stop was too much for an outright win. McEntee emerged still
holding a decisive second place.
Lamborghini Shows Murciélago Roadster
- Geneva, March 4th, 2004.
Presented as a concept car in 2003
in Detroit (see below), the production version of the Murciélago
Roadster was made official at the Geneva Show 2004. Manufacture and
sales are planned for the second half of this year for the Roadster.
The roadster will be almost as powerful as the Murciélago. A
canvas cover can be quickly attached as a roof in case of rain.
- Lamborghini May Add A Third Car To Its Lineup
- Sant Agata, Italy. May
Lamborghini chairman Werner Mischke, announced
today that the company is seriously considering adding a third car to its
lineup. The decision should be reached by year end. The car will be more
expensive than the Gallardo -- probably falling somewhere between the Gallardo
and Murciélago in terms of performance.
- Since the company was purchased by Audi in
1998 it has returned to profitability. The company wants to keep the
Murciélago production stable at 400 units a year and progressively grow the
Gallardo from 600 units planned this year to 1,600 by 2005.
In mid-2004 we will add the Murciélago roadster and by
late 2005 or early 2006, the Gallardo ragtop he said.
In other news the company is also about to open a vintage car restoration
center at or near the factory. This is great news for those of us
wishing to maintain our cars for future years enjoyment.
First Photographs of Gallardo Lamborghini
- Geneva. March 4th, 2003.
Lamborghini released today the first Pictures of its new "mini" car. It will
be called a Gallardo. All in all it looks nice. The doors do not swing upwards
as in other recent Lamborghini cars. The engine is a 10 cylinder DOHC four
valve V10 (90 degree), 5 liter, 500 Hp, 510 Nm engine. The car is capable of reaching a top
speed of about 185 MPH. List price in the US will be about $170,000
Lamborghini Diablo GTS to Enter Sebering Raceway in March
- Florida. March 2003.
Racing announced that it will enter a Lamborghini Diablo GTS in the 51st
Mobile1 12 Hours Sebring Race in Florida March 12-15. The drivers will
be Ronald Meixner, Miami, FL, Joseph Safina, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and
Cristiano Piquet, Miami, FL. All three of these drivers have good
experience. Ron won the GT class 24hrs Daytona race in 1993.
Other cars in the race are Porsche 911's, Ferrari 360
Modenas, a BMW M3, a British TVR, a C5 Corvette, and a Panoz Esperante
Early Pictures Of Lamborghini Baby Lambo
- Germany. Feb 2003.
This photograph of the soon to be announced "Baby Lamborghini" was shown in
several magazines this month. Within Lamborghini is known as the L140 project.
It will be called the "Gallarado". It is hoped that the car will compete with
the Ferrari 360.
- It is a mid-engine all-wheel-drive car
powered by a 5.0L 500-hp V10 engine. It will have a six speed manual
transmission with either steering wheel shift paddles of the normal
traditional floor shifter. It will not have the upward swing doors of its
larger brother the
Shows Murciélago Roadster Prototype
- Detroit. Jan 2003.
Lamborghini presented at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show a "concept car"
for the roadster equivalent of the Murciélago. It is more than just a
Murciélago with the top chopped off. Because the roof frame is absent extra
structural considerations had to be addressed to stop the car from flexing on
uneven surfaces. A special frame structure was installed above the engine to
strengthen the chassis. The engine cover is now hinged at the rear of the car.
- No word yet on the final engine for such a
roadster. The concept car here had the "standard" 6.2L V12 of the Murciélago.
Shows Photograph of Baby Lambo Engine
- Sant Agata, Italy. Dec 2002.
Lamborghini presented on its web site
the first photograph of the 10 cylinder engine it will use for its Baby
Lambo. Looks like the car will be called the Gallardo. As with other
cars it cakes its name from an 18th century fighting bull. Gallarado bulls
were known for their spirit, power and courage.
The Gallardo will be a mid-engine four-wheel
drive car sporting this all new Lamborghini engine. It will have a displacement
of 5L and produce up to 500 hp. It will be powered by a 6-speed gearbox
(probably similar to the one in the current Murciélago) or with F1 type paddle
shifters. The latter would be a first for a Lamborghini.
Announces a New Chairman
- Germany. Jan 1st
- Dr. Werner Mischke (53), Member of
the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development, was be appointed
Chairman of the Board of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. in Sant Agata Bolognese
(Italy). In addition, Dr. Mischke will become Chairman of the Supervisory
Council of quattro GmbH, a
subsidiary of AUDI AG, and will take on
responsibility for the motorsport activities of Audi and Lamborghini.
- Dr. Mischke (left in picture), has been
responsible for Technical Development at AUDI AG since May 1997. Dr. Martin
Winterkorn (55),Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, will add the
leadership of Technical Development to his responsibilities.
Dr. Mischke succeeds Dott Giuseppe Greco (55), who will, as of 1st January
2003, become Vice Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Automobili
The company points out that this management change comes “only a few
months before the market introduction of a second Lamborghini. This we
know to be the "Baby Lambo" or as it is known internally at the
factory as the L140 project. It is expected to be unveiled
at the Geneva motor show in March 2003 and will hit the market worldwide in
May. There are by new numerous photographs of the car. Unlike the
Diablo or Murciélago, it will have an all aluminum skin, a V10 engine and
"regular doors". It is expected to compete with the Ferrari
40th Anniversary Celebration at Factory
- Sant Agata, Italy. May 9th
Lamborghini will have a celebration of its 40th year of making cars. It will
be a three day event and will be held at the factory itself in
Sant'Agata. It is
expected that at this event that Lamborghini
will show off its new "baby Lambo" or the L140 as it is currently
called. Attendance will be limited to press and people associated with
Lamborghinis. For those that have never been to the factory it is essentially
out in the middle of nowhere in farmland countryside in northern Italy. The
best way to get there is to fly into Milan and take a car or taxi drive to Sant' Agata. Its about one and a half hours from Milan on a good highway
most of the way. Please book in advance. The factory has a car museum
with a growing collection of Lamborghini cars and parts. At this
event they will show people around the factory. This is not normally done
Sets Three New Speed Records
- Sant Agata, Italy.
- Lamborghini announced that a Murciélago
set 3 new world speed records, at the Nardo race track in Italy. The 3
records were for a series production cars: 1-hour, 100 km., and 100 miles
all from standing start. According to the regulations the car used 100%
original equipment. It was not a special supped up race car version of the
The 1-hour drive
included 1 pit-stop (for refueling). The car covered a distance of 305,041 km
in that time according to Lamborghini. The 100 km test was covered in 18 min.
44.9 sec. with an average speed of 320.023 km/h. The
100 miles distance was covered in 30 min. 9 sec. with an average speed of
It should be noted that
these three records were set with quite poor weather conditions. There was a
very strong wind blowing. Yet even under these conditions the Murciélago
proven to be very stable at high speed.
Annual Concorso Italino Event in Monterey California
- Monterey, California.
August 15th - 17th
The Annual Concorso
Italiano Car Show was held in Monterey California. This show has grown
to be one of the largest display of Italian cars in the world.
it consists of other cars as well. French, British, German groups were
represented, even a US (big Corvette display) group was present. It
has now become essentially the premier sports car display event in the US
each year. Many of the Lamborghini pictures in this web site are from
this event. The Lamborghini Club of America (www.lamborghiniclub.com)
has its own sub-section of displayed cars and judging at this event. Spectator
tickets are not cheap (($60 per person), but if you really want to see cars
up close and personal this is the event to go to. The event also has
historic car races, and historic car judging. Also present are many sport
car venders these alone can make a trip to the show worthwhile.
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