While the world was expecting to see the new-generation Gallardo, Lamborghini decided to come up with a new special edition based on the current model. Called the Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse, this new supercar is based on the Gallardo Super Trofeo racecar, and, according to the Italian maker, it "brings race track emotion directly to the road."
The new supercar was named after 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.
When compared to a base Gallardo LP 560-4, the new Squadra Corse version is lighter, more powerful and delivers improved performance figures. As expected, carbon fiber played an important role in the developments of the new Gallardo supercar and many elements were taken from the race track and brought to the road.
Lambo will fully outline the new Squadra Corse at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .
Updated 09/09/2013: Lamborghini unveiled the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and this was the perfect moment to also bring some new images. Check them out in the picture gallery!
Updated 09/30/2013: Lamborghini unveiled a video (above) for its new Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse that features the newest Gallardo variant racetrack. I look and sounds simply amazing, so enjoy!
Updated 12/03/2013: The very first Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Squadra Corse has landed in the U.S. The last of the Gallardos was spotted at Cats Exotics, a premium exotic car dealer. We did check out their website to look for more details about the Squadra Corse Gallardo parked at their dealership, but this being a highly exclusive model of the Gallardo supercar we think someone must have placed an order for it through Cats Exotics, WA. You can see the two images we have of the model here and here.
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Updated 08/08/2013: Lamborghini released prices for the recently announced Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse. Only 15 units will be offered on the U.S. market at a base price of $259,100 and we can only get it in the Giallo Midas exterior color. (Autoblog)
Since the new Squadra Corse took its inspiration from a racecar, we expected to see some elements used in the Super Trofeo car. These elements include a huge rear wing that ensures optimal downforce, a removable hood with a quick-release system. Both of these elements are made from carbon fiber and they help ensure a curb weight of just 2,954 pounds - 154 pounds less than a standard Gallardo LP 560-4 .
The new Gallardo Squadra Corse is further distinguished by a decal strip running along the flank that is painted green, white and red — the colors of the Italian flag.
Customers can choose between four exterior colors in markets other than the U.S.: Giallo Midas (yellow), Bianco Monocerus (white), Grigio Thalasso (grey) and in Rosso Mars (red). The base coat is combined with a matte-black rear wing with contrasts in body color. In the U.S., however, Lambo will only offer the Giallo Midas exterior color.
For the interior, Lamborghini opted for a combination of carbon fiber and Alcantara. Carbon fiber sees use on the door panels, the racing seats and the center console cover, while Lambo used Alcantara for the dashboard, central panel of the seat cushion and the backrest.
Carbon-fiber insertions also appear on 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 glove box handle.
Under its hood, the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse retains the same V-10 engine used in the Gallardo Super Trofeo racecar. This engine delivers a total of 570 horsepower at 8,000 rpm — 10 horsepower more than the base Gallardo — and sprints the new supercar to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, to 124 mph in just 10.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 198 mph.
Just like on the racecar, in the Squadra Corse the engine mates to a automated e-gear six-speed transmission operated by steering wheel paddles and sends the power to all four wheel’s via Lamborghini new all-wheel drive system.
Suspension and Brakes
The new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse will sit on a set of 19-inch forged wheels painted in high-gloss black. Lambo added in a set of brake calipers painted in red, black or yellow. The Squadra Corse comes standard with a carbon-ceramic brake system.
The new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse will be priced at $259,100, not including the $2,100 gas guzzler tax and the destination taxes.
Ever since Lamborghini arrived on the market, its main intention was to offer high-performance alternatives to Ferrari models and the new Squadra Corse is no exception. It looks like the Gallardo is set to take on the 458 Italia without any fear.
Ferrari’s model is powered by a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and a peak torque of 398 pound-feet at 6,000 rpm. This power will sprint the 458 Italia from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 201 mph.
Gallery Ferrari 458 Italia
The two Italian companies are not the only ones to offer great sports car and Audi proves this with its R8 V10 Plus.
The model is powered by a 5.2-liter engine V-10 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and a peak torque of 398 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm. This might be a little less than its Italian counterparts, but the R8 Plus delivers nearly the same performance figures of 3.7 seconds to 60 mpg and a top speed of 198 mph.
Gallery Audi R8 V10 Plus
The new Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse looks like the perfect way to say farewell to a very successful supercar. Not only is this special-edition Gallardo simply bad-ass, but it is also an excellent primer for its upcoming successor.
- More power
- Improved look
- Only in yellow for the U.S.
- Very, very expensive
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.