Posted: 03 Feb 2011 05:59 AM PST
The 2011 calendar for Lamborghini’s one-make series, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, has been confirmed. The series will visit circuits across Europe in 2011 as professional and gentleman drivers compete for Lamborghini honours at the wheel of 570hp V10 Lamborghini Super Trofeo race cars.
2011 marks the third year of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo following two seasons of close competition, where the series’ titles have remained undecided until the final event. Once again, the series will visit demanding circuits across the continent, including the iconic Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and the technically challenging Paul Ricard in France. A new addition for 2011, the Super Trofeo season-opener will be held at the renowned Italian circuit of Monza in April.
Lamborghini will continue its partnership with the FIA GT1 World Championship this coming season, visiting both Silverstone and Paul Ricard alongside the prestigious series. It will also support the new GT Endurance Series, which will be launched by SRO in 2011, as well as the ADAC GT Masters and International GT Open. Lamborghini and Blancpain will also continue its highly successful collaboration, combining exquisite engineering from the two complementary luxury brands.
Due to the high level of competition in previous seasons, the format of the series will remain the same: each race weekend will consist of three 40-minute races, a 30-minute qualifying session and 40 minutes free practice.
However, as part of the continuing evolution of the series, new driver classifications will be introduced in 2011. Competing drivers will be classified under FIA guidelines and issued with Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze status, depending on their experience. Lamborghini will also introduce a Rookie category for new drivers who have not previously competed.
“We are keeping key elements that have contributed to the series’ success to date: firstly, our prestigious partner Blancpain, and secondly our race format,” said Automobili Lamborghini’s Director of Research and Development, Maurizio Reggiani. “We are looking forward to seeing these race versions of the Lamborghini Gallardo back on track with yet another competitive and entertaining season.”
2011 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo calendar
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Posted: 02 Feb 2011 06:15 AM PST
The Porsche Boxster model line has a new luxurious top model in addition to the sporty Boxster Spyder: The Boxster S Black Edition limited to 987 cars. With its 320 hp – ten hp more than the Boxster S – this edition offers a substantially larger range of standard equipment and exclusive special options, all at a very attractive price. The new mid-engined sports car is black all over: Black body, black hood, and black 19 inch Boxster Spyder wheels accentuate the muscular appearance of the top roadster. The Boxster S Black Edition will be launched in March 2011, and in Germany is priced at 63,404 euro including VAT and country-specific equipment.
The colour concept of the Boxster S Black Edition is consistent in every detail. The rear side air intake grilles are painted in black as is the twin tailpipe of the exhaust system. The model lettering painted in black on the rear luggage compartment lid identifies the Black Edition as much as the embossed Black Edition model designation on the side of the fabric hood. The roll-over bars are painted in black, too.
The black line of the exterior is continued in the interior. The stainless steel door entry guards feature the “Black Edition” model lettering in black. The standard Sport Design steering wheel with its double-spoke appeal has a non-slip rim of smooth-finish leather and sporty grips. The trim strips of the dashboard and of shift lever or gear selector are painted in black. The dials on the instrument cluster are black as are the partial leather seats with the Porsche emblem embossed in the headrests. Also available upon request: black leather interior. The limited edition badge on the glove compartment identifies the sports car as a model of the Black Edition.
As a standard, the Boxster S Black Edition features the otherwise optional “Comfort”, “Infotainment”, and “Design” equipment packages, and therefore comes at a more favourable price than a series model with comparable equipment options. The wind deflector is on board right from the factory as are the anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensor, cruise control and a climate control system. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including navigation module are also standard. In addition, the universal audio interface and mobile phone preparation are available as standard. The Sound Package Plus creates an impressive interior sound experience. The standard Bi-Xenon lights with dynamic cornering lights and LED daytime running lights ensure driving pleasure and safety on dark roads. Upon request, the Boxster S Black Edition can be individualised even further with other options of the Boxster programme. For example, the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is an option as well as the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and the adaptive sports seats with memory function.
The chassis of the Boxster S Black Edition features clear lines with a sporty appeal. A decisive contribution to improve driving dynamics of the limited edition models even further are the tyres size 235/35 ZR 19 front and 265/35 ZR 19 rear on particularly lightweight wheels in the special ten-spoke design of the Boxster Spyder. As is typical for a Boxster, the new top model of the mid-engined sports car with its low centre of gravity as a result of the flat engine reaches an even more impressive level of agility.
A 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, mounted in front of the rear axle of the Boxster S Black Edition, supplies power to the car. Its output is 320 hp – ten hp more than in the Boxster S. The engine reaches its rated power at 7,200 rpm, the Boxster S power pack at 6,400 rpm. Torque of 370 Nm boosted by ten newton metres is availabe at 4,750 rpm.
More output and more power equal more dynamics: The Boxster S Black Edition underpins its leading position by a superior driving performance. With its standard six-speed manual transmission, it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds, a tenth of a second faster than the Boxster S. The top model reaches its maximum speed at 276 km/h (171.5 mph), outpacing the Boxster S by two kilometres per hour (1.2 mph). The mid-engined sports car is modest only in its thirst for fuel. During the NEDC test cycle, the Boxster S Black Edition contents itself with as much fuel as the Boxster S: 9.8 litres per 100 kilometres (28.82 mpg imp).
To raise dynamics and efficiency even further, the Boxster S Black Edition may alternatively also be fitted with the seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). This will shorten acceleration times from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) to 5.1 seconds, the top speed with PDK is 274 km/h (170.3 mph). In comparison with a manual transmission, an additional speed and an intelligent shifting strategy lower fuel consumption to 9.4 litres per 100 kilometres during the NEDC complete cycle.
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