Every Lamborghini Race Car Ever Made
Lamborghini was not a manufacturer known for its racing heritage which is why there are no Lamborghini race cars in the early days of the brand. There were several Diablo-based race cars in several classes but they weren't super competitive. Clearly with the Gallardos popularity, Lamborghini went racing and even created its own series. More recently however we see that the company has started to really invest in racing models for their customers. Lamborghini announced the Huracan Super Trofeo race car and its a cracker. The Lamborghini Super Trofeo is the one-make championship organized by Lamborghini Squadra Corse. There is also GT3 racing cars you can buy from Lamborghini. Unlike the Super Trofeo, the GT3 is a category raced in championships open to different constructors. Automobili Lamborghini competes with over 20 customer teams who have chosen the Huracán GT3 EVO as their racing car. Here is a look at all the Lamborghini race cars created throughout the company’s history including the ones that compete today.
Lamborghini Motorsports Models
Lamborghini Diablo Jota
Lamborghini Diablo GT1 Stradale
Lamborghini Diablo SV-R
Lamborghini Diablo GT2
Lamborghini Diablo GTR
Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT
Lamborghini Murciélago RG-1
Lamborghini Murciélago LP670 R-SV
Lamborghini Gallardo GT3
Lamborghini Gallardo Super GT
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo
Lamborghini Gallardo Reiter Extenso
Lamborghini Gallardo American Le Mans
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo
Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo
Lamborghini Huracán GT3
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo
Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo
Lamborghini Essenza SCV12
Lamborghini Racing Cars: In Depth Guides
In the 1990s, Lamborghini wanted to get into GT1 racing. To do it, Lamborghini built the Lamborghini Diablo Jota race car and sold it to privateers. The car got new cams, upgraded ECU, a revised intake system, racing exhaust, fixed suspension, adjustable sway bars, plexiglass windows, more airflow via new air ducting, and a monster wing. The naturally aspirated V12 was good for 600 horsepower.
Technically these GT1 Stradale is road legal so maybe we shouldn’t include them in our racing cars section. Oh well. Lambo made two GT1 Stradale cars in partnership with a French racing team. They cars had a naturally aspirated V12 with 665 horsepower. In true racing style, power was transmitted via a Hewland 6-Speed sequential gearbox. The cars also had some extreme aero going on with huge cooling ducts all over the car.
31 Diablo SV-R cars were created to compete in a one-make race series in 1996. Based on the awesome Diablo SV it was heavily tweaked. Weight saving was a big focus, the result being the SV-R weighing 360 pounds less than the SV. The SV-R looks cool with its massive twin intakes, helping the 5.7-litre V12 generate 540 horsepower at 7,100 rpm. In typical race car fashion there no mufflers, so it sounds absurdly good.
The Diablo GT2 was developed to compete in the GT2 category of the FIA-GT Championship in the 1997 season. Engine displacement was raised to 6 liters for the first time and the GT2 also got a variable intake system, titanium connecting rods and special camshafts. Power was 631 hp. Weight was dropped via the use of carbon fiber body panels. It also got an aggressive front spoiler and a carbon rear wing to improve aero.
31 Diablo GTR cars were built to contest Lambo’s one-make ‘Supertrophy’ championship. It has a roll cage and is almost entirely made from carbon fiber,. It also gets plexiglass windows, a new aero kit, racing suspension, racing brakes, and magnesium wheels. The 6.0-litre V12 was tweaked to produce 590 hp thanks to multi-throttle intake manifold, variable valve timing, titanium connecting rods and a lightened crankshaft.
The Murcielago R-GT offered clients a car with which to compete in global racing. The car was built to be eligible to compete at Le Mans and in the American Le Mans Series. The R-GT gets an air restricted 6 liter V12 engine and sequential gearbox, plus the AWD was switched to RWD (per FIA/ACO regulations). The total weight will be contained within the relevant class specification of 1100 kg.
The Murciélago RG-1 was a version of R-GT built for the Japan Lamborghini Owners Club (JLOC) to compete in Japanese Super GT series in 2004. In March 2006, the RG-1 recorded a win in the GT300 class at the Super GT Suzuka 500 km race. The RG-1LM was also made and was an endurance version of RG-1 specially developed for JLOC by Reiter Engineering and run in 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2006.
This was a model made by the road car customization shop known as Reiter Engineering, specifically for racing. It kept the base cars 670 hp V12 without expensive tuning or modifications. The race spec Lamborghini tips the scales at only 2,535 pounds and features some significantly modified aerodynamics. Reiter saw some success winning two Championship races finishing third in the championship.
The Gallardo GT3 was built for the FIA’s GT3 category. Reiter Engineering of Germany worked in collaboration with Lamborghini to make a race-ready Gallardo. Each Gallardo GT3 was built with minor modifications that mesh with the new cost effective regulations. The car got Brembo brakes, adjustable dampers, racing wheels and a free-flow exhaust. Reiter can also supplied race components to regular owners.
The Super GT was built for the Japan Lamborghini Owners Club (JLOC) for the GT300 class of the Japanese Super GT Championship. The engine could only have a power output of 296 hp and the car must be rear-wheel-drive. The power was limited by air restrictors placed in the engine bay. The gearbox is a sequential 6-Speed twin-clutch setup. The Super GT had advanced aero and big wing. Not competitive.
31 Super Trofeo’s were built for a Lamborghini’s one-make series. The cars came with a reworked chassis, significantly reduced weight and power output of 570 hp. The cars retained permanent four-wheel drive with viscous traction. The Super Trofeo race car were based on the Gallardo LP 560-4 and were powered by the new (at the time) 5.2 litre V10 direct injection ‘Iniezione Diretta Stratificata’, engine.
When Lamborghini decided to take its race program inhouse with the launch of the Huracan, its longtime racing partner Reiter decided to show the world that it still had what it takes. Designed to comply with GT3 regulations, Reiter widened the rear track by five inches to make it over 80 inches wide, cloaked it in carbon-fiber bodywork, fitted new camshafts and Mahle pistons and retuned the exhaust.
West Racing raced the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560 GT in the American Le Mans Series. The supercar, which was developed in cooperation with tire partner Yokohama. It is based on the Gallardo LP560-4 which is powered by the new 5.2 liter V10 engine with an output of 560 hp at 8,000 rpm. This car was also known as the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 GT from West Racing Team.
For 2013, Lamborghini R&D Motorsport updated their Super Trofeo with revised bodywork and a new aerodynamics package. The car was eligible for the European Blancpain Super Trofeo and the Asian Super Trofeo. It took the proven chassis and mechanical platform of its predecessor, but takes a significant step forward following extensive aero changes. The net benefit is 120% improvement in aero- efficiency over the 2012.
The Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo is an all-new race car based on the Huracan. The is light and strong (45% improvement compared to the previous model in terms of torsional rigidity). Dry weight of the car is 1,270 Kg. It adopts the V10 direct injection engine mounted on the road car, managed by a Motec control unit that delivers a maximum output of 620 hp.
Introduced in 2015, The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 was developed in collaboration with Dallara. It features the 5.2 L V10 gasoline engine of the standard car and has a weight of 2,712 lb. Team Lazarus won the 2016 International GT Open with drivers Thomas Biagi and Fabrizio Crestani. Also, Barwell Motorsport claimed four wins in the 2016 British GT Championship.
An evolution of the Huracan GT3, the GT3 Evo race car is based on a hybrid body shell, primarily made of aluminum and reinforced with carbon fiber. The GT3 Evo gets the same 5.2 liter aspirated V10 from latest generation of the Huracán Performante. Lamborghini focused on aerodynamics, optimizing for improving stability and reducing pitch sensitivity as well as better cooling thanks to help from Dallara.
Huracán Super Trofeo Evo
The Lamborghini Super Trofeo is the one-make championship organized by Lamborghini Squadra Corse. The series involves exclusively Huracán Super Trofeo Evo model cars in 3 continental series: Europe, Asia, and North America. It is contended in two 3-race rounds. The three continental series all have a common format: 6 double races, each 50 minutes long, on the world’s most prestigious circuits.
In comes the Lamborghini Essenza SC-V12, the new limited edition track-only hypercar developed by Lamborghini's in-house racing department, Squadra Corse, and featuring a design from the Centro Stile studio ... only 40 of these SC-V12 will be built, and their owners will become members of an exclusive club with access to bespoke programs in 2021, probably as a supporting race during the Super Trofeo season.