Lamborghini Gallardo, the LP 570-4 Squadra Corse: The Latest Lambo
Just what we need… another Lamborghini Gallardo. Or, at least that’s what I thought until I looked at the specs of this particular Lamborghini Gallardo, the LP 570-4 Squadra Corse. Then I realized Lamborghini has already made this car. It just has a different, impossibly-long name, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica.
To date the Superleggera Edizione Tecnica is the baddest baby Lambo with its scads of carbon fiber, 3.4 second 0-62 time (or ~3.2 0-60 mph) and 202 mph top speed. But, is the new LP 570-4 Squadra Corse different in anything other than paint scheme?
To start, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse is nearly identical to the LP 570-4 Super Trofeo racer. Essentially, the Squadra Corse is a race car with air conditioning, an Alcantara dash and a license plate. But, then again, so is the Superleggera Edizione Tecnica.
At the heart of the Squadra Corse is Lambo’s 570 horse 5.2 liter V10 which routes its grunt through all four wheels. A carbon fiber rear wing (which provides three times the downforce as the the LP560-4) and engine hood, both off of the Super Trofeo, help to keep the weight of the Gallardo LP570-4 Squadra Corse down to a svelte 2,954 pounds (identical to that of the Superleggera Edizione Tecnica).
Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph is a quick 3.4 seconds, 0 to 124 mph is a quicker 10.4 seconds and top speed is 199 mph (two mph slower than the Superleggera Edizione Tecnica). Standard carbon-ceramic bring the whole thing to a halt with the urgency of an Italian Vespa driver.
From where I sit (at my computer, far, far away from both Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4s or any Lamborghinis for that matter) the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse does appear to be awfully similar to the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love take it for a few laps around Imola. It does still have “LP 570-4” in the name, after all.
Feel free to peruse the press release below for more details as it’s all the info we have until the big unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse – Race track emotion direct to the road.
Sant’Agata Bolognese, 31st July 2013 – With the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse, Automobili Lamborghini brings race track emotion directly to the road. It delivers high performance and brings the fascination of motor racing to the street-legal world. This new and most extreme model in the Gallardo line-up is based on the Gallardo Super Trofeo, the successful race car from the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, the world’s fastest one- make series. The car will have its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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 gentlemen drivers battle face-to-face in fierce contests on the most challenging racetracks.
The new Gallardo Squadra Corse is very close to the race cars. 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 driving. Another element taken directly from the racing version is the removable engine hood with 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.
Lightweight construction through consistent use of carbon fiber
Together with aluminum, carbon fiber is the basis behind the extremely lightweight construction of the new Gallardo new top model.
The Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse boasts a dry weight of 1340 kilograms, 70 less than the already lean Gallardo LP 560-4, which gives the Squadra Corse a stunning power-to-weight ratio of 2.35 kilograms per hp for breathtaking performance. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds and reaches 200 km/h in just 10.4 seconds. Its forward thrust finally tops out at 320 Km/h. The production-standard carbon-ceramic brake system guarantees unmatched stopping power.
The technology and the powertrain
Like the Super Trofeo competition version, the new Squadra Corse is based on the technical underpinnings of the Gallardo Superleggera. The V10 engine generates 570 hp, equivalent to 419 kW, which is fully available at 8,000 rpm. The V10’s unique firing order delivers the striking sound you hear in motor racing. Like the race car, the Gallardo Squadra Corse comes as standard with the robotized e-gear six-speed transmission operated by steering wheel paddles. This electronically controlled system shifts through its six gears smoothly and much faster than any pro driver could. Every kilometer in the Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse is packed with sheer excitement, in part due to its unrelenting grip in virtually all situations thanks to its all-wheel drive concept.
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is the only single-brand racing series in the world that features all-wheel drive race cars. The Gallardo Squadra Corse is a highly concentrated driving machine offering a truly stunning driving experience with breathtaking cornering speeds and fast, immediate response. Its road manners are always precise, stable and completely safe.
Respresenting Italian racing
The Gallardo Squadra Corse shows its ultimate racing performance even in its exterior design – clearly attesting its committment to its Italian homeland.
A decal strip along the flank displays green, white and red, the colors of the Italian flag. The Squadra Corse is available in Giallo Midas (yellow), Bianco Monocerus (white), Grigio Thalasso (grey) and in Rosso Mars (red). The exterior look of the Gallardo Squadra Corse is perfectly accented with a matte black finish on the large rear wing with contrasts in body color. The hood, front air intakes, rear diffuser and 19-inch forged wheels are painted in high-gloss black, while the mighty brakes callipers are available in red, black or yellow.
Minimalist sporty interior
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. Comfort seats can be ordered in place of racing bucket seats.
Squadra Corse offers a new series of driving events
“Esperienza” events by the Squadra Corse deparment provide enthusiasts and prospects with the opportunity of a first test-drive and a glimpse inside the world of Lamborghini. The Lamborghini Academies, on both track and ice, provide driver training and the initial steps toward real-life racing. The Super Trofeo series offers the perfect first race experience for young and gentlemen drivers, with the Lamborghini GT3 for more seasoned racers wishing to compete with the Lamborghini marque worldwide.