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Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition previewed

By Rigval on 30 Sep 2010

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Lamborghini and Swiss luxury watchmaker Blancpain have come up with a special edition of Lamborghini's Gallardo. This is in conjunction with the successful pairing up in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo one make racing series featuring the Lamborghini Gallardo. The new special edition car is called the Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition. A mouthful, but a nice mouthful nonetheless.

This latest Gallardo takes the essence or the spirit of the Super Trofeo Gallardo race car and makes it road legal. The first Gallardo Blancpain was unveiled on the 26th of September 2010 during the final race of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo by Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, and Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO of Blancpain, at the “Piero Taruffi” circuit, Vallelunga in Italy. Blancpain (part of the large Swatchgroup) is not only involved with the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, but is also official timekeeper for the FIA GT1 World Championship, where Lamborghini cars also compete against other well known brands.

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition has a large rear spoiler for extra stability and the engine cover for better ventilation. These two items were derived directly from the Super Trofeo race car. The Edition is also equipped with Skorpius wheels with yellow-painted brake calipers and discs made from carbon-ceramic composite. Carbon Fiber is used in the diffuser and mirror casings.

The interior of the Blancpain Edition further reinforces the extremely sporty character of the Gallardo without sacrificing the comfort of the driver and passenger unlike the Super Trofeo race car. The entire interior is finished in black Alcantara with yellow accents and visible carbon-fiber. The Blancpain logo is placed on the exterior and also featured on the seats and cockpit in yellow stitching.The Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition comes courtesy of the 570 hp V10 power unit from the series Superleggera production car which is also the same for the Super Trofeo race car, 570bhp and nothing more. Traction from the all-wheel drive ensures stability in almost every situation. Unless the driver is a little too 'banzai' for his own good in which case all-wheel drive or any stability solution will not help him.

The super sports car from Sant’Agata Bolognese boasts a dry weight of about 1340kg, the lightest road-going model in Lamborghini’s range. Combine this with the the 5.2liter V10 power unit and the car has fantastic performance. The car handles zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and 200 km/h 6.8 seconds later, ultimately exceeding 320 km/h (199 mph).

The press release from Lamborghini does not state how much or how many units of this special edition.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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