New Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse to Debut in Frankfurt
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse is closely based on the race-only Gallardo Super Trofeo but unlike that purpose built racer that is featured in the world’s fastest one-make racing series, the Squadra Corse (which translates to Race Team in Italian) is a fully street legal supercar. The Squadra Corse Gallardo is named in honor of the new department within Automobili Lamborghini which will oversee all company motorsport activities including the GT3 program and the aforementioned Blancpain Super Trofeo championship.
On the outside, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse is different from the standard Gallardo thanks to the addition of a massive carbon fiber rear wing that is borrowed from the Super Trofeo race cars and during the most grueling conditions, this rear wing offers three times as much downforce than the “little” rear wing found on the Gallardo LP560-4 for improved stability during high speed maneuvers. The Squadra Corse also features a similar carbon fiber rear engine cover with a quick release feature to the one found on the Gallardo race cars. Those carbon fiber goodies with a handful of other lightweight items inside including lightweight racing seats and a minimalist interior cut the weight down a great deal – amount to a dry weight of just 2,954 pounds. This is 154 pounds less than the Gallardo LP560-4 and with the few extra ponies of the LP570-4 drivetrain, the Squadra Corse boasts a power to weight ratio of 5.18 pounds per horsepower. This figure allows the Gallardo LP570-4 Squadra Corse to rip from a stop to 62 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds and getting to 125 takes only 10.4 seconds as the car heads towards a top speed of 199 miles per hour.
The heart of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse is the same V10 that is found in the Super Trofeo race car mated to a “robotized e-gear 6 speed transmission” that is controlled by a set of steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Of course, the power that travels from the high revving V10 through the high tech transmission to all four wheels via an advanced all wheel drive system for optimal grip in every situation.
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse will be offered in 4 colors - Giallo Midas (yellow), Bianco Monocerus (white), Grigio Thalasso (grey) and in Rosso Mars (red) and as is almost always the case, the Squadra Corse features the green, white and red of the Italian flag on a thin stripe running down along the sides of the car. The big carbon fiber rear wing is finished in matte black with gloss black trim on the engine cover, the bold front air intakes and the 19 inch wheels. Under those glossy wheels is a set of carbon ceramic brakes with big calipers that are available in red, black or yellow. If I had my druthers, I would be more than happy with the Grigio Thalasso Gallardo with black wheels and bright red brake calipers like the one shown here.
Lamborghini has not yet announced the intended production figures for the Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse but with the world debut scheduled for the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, those few unannounced details should come to the surface in a little over a month’s time.