Automobili Lamborghini’s President & CEO outlines 2013 plan for a thriving series
Navarra, Spain/Sant’Agata Bolognese, October 17, 2012. Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini’s President and CEO set out a bold vision for the ultimate one make series Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo at the final round of the European series in Los Arcos, Navarra.
Flanked by the company’s Research & Development Director and Head of Lamborghini Motorsport, Maurizio Reggiani, the pair outlined how the series has significantly expanded its grid, inaugurated a successful championship in Asia, provided a fertile environment for guest and VIP immersion in the Lamborghini brand, and had built a significant following through traditional and burgeoning social media. The Lamborghini executives were joined by Alain Delamuraz, Vice President and Head of Marketing, Blancpain, the series’ principal sponsor.
While summarizing the successes Super Trofeo had recorded over the past twelve months, the press conference in the Atalaya Centre at the Navarra race circuit provided the stage to unveil the series’ 2013 race car, the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo.
The 2013 Gallardo
As outlined by Maurizio Reggiani, the 2013 Gallardo is based on the proven chassis and mechanical platform of its predecessor, but takes a significant step forward following extensive aerodynamic re-profiling of the surface geometries and the addition of adjustable aerodynamic devices, including an all-new ten-position rear wing.
The net benefit of this significant aerodynamic upgrade is 120% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency over the Gallardo’s 2012 model. With re-modelling of brake ducts, the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo achieves a 50% improvement in thermal performance with improved front brake cooling, while better balance and dynamic performance is achieved by increasing downforce by 128kg in low downforce set up and 160kg in high downforce trim.
While the racing technology advances, Mr Reggiani emphasises that the Gallardo provides an efficient and cost-effective platform for customer racing. “We have taken a significant step forward with the aerodynamic performance of the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo, but still the car stays true to our core principles. We believe that it is important to evolve the car, while ensuring Super Trofeo remains an attractive series in which to compete.”
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in Europe and Asia form a critical staging post in Lamborghini’s motorsport strategy which connects the Lamborghini Academy to GT3. And while Trofeo goes from strength to strength, so too has 2012 delivered impressive results in senior motorsport.
Drawing the review of 2012 and the exciting plans for 2013 to a close, Stephan Winkelmann said, “Motorsport is at the essence of what Lamborghini stands for, and the great affinity for our marque deserves to be represented though racing to deliver the emotional engagement that really connects the spirit that exists in every one of our cars, whether created for the road or the track.”
He concluded, “We are delighted that the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo has been such a success in Europe and Asia. We would like to thank our partners at Blancpain, our many customers who race with us and the media and the public that give us enormous support. In return, we will strive to improve the car, the series and all of the essential ingredients that will underline our future success.”