For the better part of 40 years, Valentino Balboni had one of the most envious jobs in the auto industry. As the head test driver of Lamborghini, Balboni got the chance – or should we say, privilege – to drive just about every Lamborghini that came out of the company’s production line.

Now that he’s semi-retired, Lamborghini gave their test driver the ultimate tribute, creating a special edition Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 and naming it after him. The limited run Gallardo – only 250 units have been made - packs a 5.3-liter V10 engine that carries a top speed of 199 mp/h and a 0-60 time of just under 4 seconds.

In this video, Balboni takes one off his ‘named-after-him’ Gallardos out for a spin and while he’s doing so, he talks about the development of the car and how he managed to get himself in the position to have Lamborghini build a special-edition Gallardo in his name.

Check it out.


Source: Bil Magasine

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  (570) posted on 02.25.2011

this just comes to show how much Lamborghini cares for its employes, you don’t see any other automotive company doing this. Proud to be a Lamborghini fan.

  (444) posted on 02.24.2011

oddly appealing? you find it odd that you guys liked 1) a Lambo, 2) a rwd Lambo, 3) a rwd Lambo with mega hp, 4) a rwd Lambo with a slick paint job, rwd and mega hp tuned to the specs of lambo’s lead test driver?

  (512) posted on 03.4.2010

Wow, that would be a great honor to have test drove all Lamborghini cars and it is a greater one to have a Lamborghini car named after you. I’m pretty sure that the replacement test driver will be excited to test all cars and be lucky to have on named after him as well, if he gets that good and last that long.

  (815) posted on 02.28.2010

dang... drifting a gallardo is sick... you really don’t need to use the hand brakes to drift just power will be enough to drift this baby.

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