Lamborghini intros new carbon-intensive model at Frankfurt
The new Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse features a large number of carbon parts for maximum performance.
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse was presented for the first time at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show, held Sept. 10-11 in Frankfurt/Main. The Squadra Corse reportedly delivers high levels of performance while bringing the thrills associated with motorsport to the street-legal world. This new and most extreme model in the Gallardo line-up is based on the Gallardo Super Trofeo, the race car that features in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo - the world’s fastest one-make series. The Squadra Corse will be a limited production model, priced at € 191.100, plus tax.
The name Squadra Corse refers to the recently-founded department within Automobili Lamborghini, which manages all motorsport activities from GT3 to the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championships in Europe, Asia and America, where drivers compete on the most challenging racetracks in the world.
The new Gallardo Squadra Corse is derived directly from the race car. Both share the same V10 engine, which is used in the racing version with no modifications. Likewise, the Squadra Corse has the same rear wing for greater aerodynamic load – achieving, under the best aerodynamic conditions, three times the load of the Gallardo LP 560-4 – for increased dynamic stability during tight high-speed cornering. Another element taken directly from the racing version is the removable engine hood equipped with a quick-release system. Both the rear wing and the hood are made from carbon composite material, as are a host of other components on the Squadra Corse.
Together with aluminum, carbon fiber forms the basis for construction of the new, extremely lightweight, top-of-the-range Gallardo, which boasts a dry weight of 1340 kilograms, which gives the Squadra Corse a stunning power-to-weight ratio of 2.35 kilograms per hp. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds and reaches 200 km/h in just 10.4 seconds, with a top speed of 320 km/h. The production-standard carbon-ceramic brake system guarantees unmatched stopping power.
Extremely lightweight carbon fiber and Alcantara, the perfect combination of sporty minimalism, are the dominant materials inside the Squadra Corse. Alcantara graces the underside of the dashboard, the central panel of the seat cushion and the backrest. The door panels, the racing seats and the center console cover are made from carbon fiber, a technology in which Lamborghini has achieved world-leading expertise. Carbon is also used for the handbrake frame; the middle of the center console; the lower rim of the steering wheel; the trim around the main and secondary instrument panels; the door handles; and the handle for opening the glove box. Standard seats can also be ordered in place of racing bucket seats.