Published on June 12th, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
What Is A Super Trofeo Race Car?
This is a product of the Lamborghini sports car company. Lamborghini is no stranger to the world of motorsports, having first produced engines for Formula One as early as 1989 to 1993. Lamborghini cars have since competed in the Diablo Supertrophy, from 1996 to 1999, using the Diablo SVR and Diablo 6.0 GTR. Moving on to develop the Murciélago R-GT, Lamborghini achieved both race and class victories in the FIA GT Championship, Super GT Championship and the American Le Mans Series. In 2009, Lamborghini took its biggest step yet into the arena, creating a racing version of the Gallardo LP560-4 and demonstrating once more it’s advanced precision engineering and fascinating design aesthetic.
A lightweight version of the road-going Gallardo LP 560-4, the Super Trofeo race car comes complete with a reworked chassis and a power output of 419 kW from its V10 engine. The race car features Lamborghini’s permanent four-wheel drive and comes equipped with leading safety features, including an FIA FT-3 fuel cell, a full roll cage, a new Brembo Racing brake system and compatibility with HANS safety devices.
Typical of Lamborghini, the Super Trofeo’s bodyshell is not only extremely light but also exceptionally safe. Boasting tremendous torsional stiffness, the Super Trofeo maintains outstanding handling. Carbon-fibre composite features heavily in the bodyshell’s construction, forming the front skirt, splitter, rear bonnet, front compartment cover, side skirts, diffuser, rear skirt and large rear wing. The rear wing can also be repositioned to suit the requirements of different race tracks and environments, while all the race car’s windscreens and windows are made from Makrolon lightweight hi-tech polycarbonate.
Complementing its carbon-fibre black Alcantara panels, the Super Trofeo comes equipped with one low-mounted racing bucket seat, produced in light and stiff Kevlar carbon-fibre composite, providing perfect ergonomic support to the driver, who is then secured into position by a six-point racing harness. In Malaysia, Lamborghini is represented by Eminent Century Sdn Bhd and its sole local dealer JH Italia Sdn Bhd. The Lamborghini Gallardo MLE (Malaysia Limited Edition) is sold via its sole local dealer JH Italia Sdn Bhd from its showroom in Glenmarie Shah Alam. Limited to only 20 units, 10 units of the Gallardo MLE have already been sold. It retails for RM1.68 million on the road excluding insurance. The supercar, which can only be purchased at Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur, is based on the standard Gallardo LP550-2 but receives exterior upgrade similar to the highest range Superleggera 570-4. It can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 320kph.