Lamborghini showing its Paris cards again with 5th teaser

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Lamborghini showing its Paris cards again with 5th teaser

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 05:45 AM PDT

IRC: Juho Hanninen with Fabia S2000 becomes champion

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 09:02 AM PDT

Juho Hanninen, Skoda Fabia S2000, San Remo Rally

After finishing second at the 52nd San Remo Rally, this year’s tenth Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) event, Škoda Motorsport’s crew Juho Hänninen – Mikko Markkula have become the IRC champions in the Drivers Competition. Also supported by the factory team, Freddy Loix – Frédéric Miclotte finished third, Jan Kopecký – Petr Starý, another regular Škoda Motorsport crew, came sixth.

Says Michal Hrabánek, Head of Škoda Motorsport: “After the Manufacturers Competition where we secured victory earlier on, we have now accomplished another major goal by winning the Drivers Competition, and I wish to congratulate our Finnish crew and all of the team members on this achievement. At the moment we are not planning to appear at the remaining two events as a complete factory team, but the decision regarding our further agenda is going to be made soon“.

Juho Hänninen: “I am very happy – we decided to play it quite safe yesterday when choosing the tyres for the longest stage (44 km), and I didn’t even dream of finishing this high at that point. The track here is very difficult, some of the other crews had problems, but we put in a consistent performance and today we even got a lot faster. A fantastic achievement, I want to thank the whole team, the car was prepared excellently“.

Jan Kopecký: “The car went perfectly, but I didn’t find the right rhythm in this race. Congratulations to the whole team on securing a podium position and a big thanks to all for their support“.

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Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 07:53 AM PDT

Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition

Based off of the Blancpain Super Trofeo racing series, Lamborghini gives us our own Blancpain edition. In its first year the Super Trofeo one-make series has been a hit. We’ve covered it extensively from the States. Blancpain is also the main timekeeper of the FIA GT1 series.

Stripping only whats needed off the race model, we are left with a 2954 lb, 570hp raging bull. This is Lamborghini’s lightest model now. Lots of interior/exterior carbon make this possible. With a 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph, you’ll be able to get the ice cream home in no time!

Automobili Lamborghini and Blancpain are uniting their phenomenal engineering skill and honoring the huge success of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo racing series with a very special super sports car: the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition.

This extraordinary super sports car joins the competition spirit of the Super Trofeo race car with an exclusive design and one hundred percent road-going usability. The first Gallardo from the exclusive and limited Blancpain Edition production run has been presented by Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, and Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO of Blancpain, at the final race weekend of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo on Sunday September 26 in the “Piero Taruffi” circuit, Vallelunga.

Automobili Lamborghini, the manufacturer of extreme Italian super sports cars, and Blancpain, the world’s oldest luxury watchmaker, are among the very best brands in their respective sectors worldwide. Blancpain was recently voted the “Best of the Best” among the world’s most exquisite watch brands by the “Luxury Institute” in New York. Now the two brands have come together to develop a unique blend of technology and design to create the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition, putting the power of the world’s fastest mono-marque race series into a road-legal vehicle.

Blancpain is the title sponsor of the successful Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series. The cooperation between these two brands brings together the highest levels of engineering excellence from the automotive and chronometry industries. Blancpain has been producing innovative masterpieces of watch-making art in Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux since 1735. Each timepiece is assembled by one single watchmaker, reflecting the quality and individual attention with which Lamborghini builds its super sports cars for the road, and its 570 hp Super Trofeo race cars.

Both brands share an enormous passion for racing. Blancpain is not only intensely involved with the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, but is also official timekeeper for the FIA GT1 World Championship – where Lamborghini cars also compete against other prestigious marques. In July, Lamborghini secured its first win in the newly-formed championship at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, where former Formula One driver Riccardo Zonta and Frank Kechele charged to a first-place finish.

“Lamborghini is extremely happy about its cooperation with Blancpain. In just its second year, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo has established itself in the premier league of gentlemen’s racing,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “Each race is a battle of dedication and passion for every single hundredth of a second – something that characterizes both of our brands. The Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition demonstrates the close bond between our road-going super sports cars and the race car.”

“This is a very intense and dynamic partnership between companies from highly disparate sectors, but with the same drive for innovation and mechanical excellence,” says Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO of Blancpain. “For me, Blancpain has always been a true revolutionary – even a little crazy – with the spirit of adventure. We have always tried to be a little different, to remain innovative and to attempt things that no-one had ever achieved before. This pursuit of excellence is a passion that is shared by Blancpain and Lamborghini,” continues Hayek. “Lamborghini is indisputably a first-class manufacturer with the highest levels of engineering competence, which is why the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo offers a perfect platform for attracting even more attention to our brand around the world.”

Marc A. Hayek is not only President and CEO of Blancpain, he is also a passionate and accomplished race driver. He has already claimed several victories in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, and is currently fighting for the podium in the Pro-Am Drivers’ Standings.

In this special configuration, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition shows the spirit of competition – the mighty rear spoiler for maximum stability and the engine cover for optimized ventilation were derived directly from the race car featured in the world’s fastest one-make series. The Edition is also equipped with Skorpius wheels with yellow-painted brake calipers and discs made, of course, from carbon-ceramic composite. One striking visual feature that fits perfectly with the matt black paintwork is the carbon-fiber used to make external components, such as the diffuser and mirror casings.

The interior of the Blancpain Edition further reinforces the extremely sporty character of the Gallardo without sacrificing the comfort of the driver and passenger. The entire interior is finished in black Alcantara with yellow accents and visible carbon-fiber. The Blancpain logo is placed on the exterior and also featured on the seats and cockpit in yellow stitching. Propulsion for the Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition comes courtesy of the 570 hp V10 power unit from the series Superleggera production car – as is the case for the Super Trofeo race car. Superb traction from the all-wheel drive ensures perfect stability in every situation.

The super sports car from Sant’Agata Bolognese boasts a dry weight of no more than 1340 kilograms (2954 lb) – the lightest road-going model in Lamborghini’s range.

One key factor is the exterior and interior components made from carbon-fiber. Carbon-fiber is ideal for the manufacture of sports cars as its use allows for weight reduction and improved mechanical features. The car’s performance is thus enhanced thanks to a better power-to-weight ratio and reduced total mass, which means that CO2 emissions are also lower.

The V10 power unit with 5.2 liters (317.6 cu in) of displacement generates 419 kW (570 hp) in the Gallardo Blancpain Edition. This puts the power-to-weight ratio of the vehicle at only 2.35 kilograms (5.18 lb) per hp and guarantees breathtaking performance. This super sports car handles the dash from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and flies past the 200 km/h (124 mph) mark only 6.8 seconds later, ultimately exceeding 320 km/h (199 mph).

- Automobili Lamborghini

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Petit Le Mans 2010: Testing days from Road Atlanta

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 06:15 AM PDT

Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Hybrid, © Corey Beaman

Gallery after the jump!

With the running of the 13th Annual Petit Le Mans classic literally 5 days away, the vibe in the motorsport world is thick. All eyes will be focused on Road Atlanta and the battles that will play out. Audi vs Peugeot! Porsche vs Ferrari, BMW, Corvette, Ford! The new era of Hybrid technology and more.

With based out of Atlanta, we were fortunate enough to be apart of the testing over the weekend. With teams playing it quiet and not showing their cards, the big story is weather. Rain had slowly moved in and will continue through Monday. Flash flood warnings have been issued as well. Why is this the big story?

Petit Le Mans 2009, Road Atlanta, Audi R15 TDI

With many rain delays, last years race was red flagged just under the 9 hour mark. Audi lost to Peugeot after leading 161 laps out of 184. Peugeot’s win was a gimme.

Two weeks ago we saw Audi’s reliability fall for the first time in years as a defect in a part (differential) caused the #7 Audi R15 TDI of Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen to stop after 15 laps were completed.

Peugeot’s car were parked in the tent but no testing took place. However, Audi had both cars running and turning strong lap times.

The GT field is stacked! Most of the teams will have a two car effort with the Flying Lizards giving support to the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Hybrid. The Hybrid was amazing. It was running very strong, roughly 2 sec of the Risi Competizone Ferrari’s but in a 10 hours race…

Robertson Racing brought out its new Ford GT which was beautiful in its silver w/ yellow racing stripes.

Robertson Racing brought out its new Ford GT, © Corey Beaman

We will be expanding on the weekend a bit more but check out the gallery below in the meantime. Let us know if you have any questions.

Photo: © 2010 Corey Beaman |

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