Lamborghini to Get Back on the Track with Gallardo GT3 FL2
The Lamborghini Gallardo enters its 10th year of production in 2013, and without a replacement anywhere on the horizon, Volkswagen’s supercar division continues to crank out special edition variants to keep sales going. This year, Lamborghini will team up with Reiter Engineering to create the Gallardo GT3 FL2, a factory-sponsored race car that will compete in the GT3 class during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Beginning in March, teams in Europe and Asia will begin taking delivery of the $430,000 track monster, which will run in the Blancpain Endurance Series, Asia Le Mans Series, and the Italian GT3 Championship, among others.
No engine announcements have been made, so it’s safe to assume it will be a carryover from last year’s model, which developed 592hp. A new aero kit, revised front splitter, and carbon rear diffuser all make the FL2 55lbs lighter than the outgoing GT3. New “24-hour” brakes and an improved cooling package round out the list of upgrades for the 2013 model year.
The newly-announced five-year partnership with Reiter is a significant move for Lamborghini, whose commitment to racing has never been a major piece of its overall business model. As more of its competitors and even brand stablemates like Audi begin to invest more heavily in motorsports (and do quite well), it is only natural for a supercar manufacturer to spend some cash in racing development. Lamborghini has also created a new motorsport division, dubbed Lamborghini Squadra Corse, to oversee the FL2 and its integration onto the track. Not only will the car race in GT3 competition, but Lamborghini has also created a customer driving program for civilians, and a dedicated series called Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo for Lamborghinis only.
The commitment to the GT3 class (for now) will help solidify Lamborghini’s burgeoning interest in motorsport. Although Lambo has dabbled with race-prepped Murcielagos in the past, this is the first time the company has put serious financial backing to a motorsport project since the Modena F1 Team fiasco during the 1991 season.