For 2013, Lamborghini R&D Motorsport updated their Super Trofeo with revised bodywork and a new aerodynamics package. The car will be eligible for the Eurpoean Blancpain Super Trofeo and the Asian Super Trofeo.
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.”
Europe in retrospect
As Automobili Lamborghini looks to 2013 – its 50th anniversary year – Super Trofeo has grown into one of the company’s foremost platforms for communicating its brand heritage. Having set out in 2009, the 2012 season has seen up to 20 cars contesting races at the best European tracks, featuring drivers from ten different nations and providing a level playing field in which no less than eight teams have shared the honours of claiming a pole position this season. 2,500 guests have been entertained in driving academies, passenger laps and parades or enjoyed the sumptuous and unique hospitality environment of the Lamborghini Village. With 129 million households across Europe following the action courtesy of Eurosport – including the appearance of guests from Valentino Rossi to Adrian Newey and 70,000 fans following Super Trofeo through social media channels, 2012 marked the waypoint to extend the formula to other markets.