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Lamborghini announces commitment to GT3 program with Reiter

470_lamborghinigt3_2013Automobili Lamborghini has announced a new GT3 motorsport program. The long-term agreement will commence with a new car for the 2013 and 2014 seasons: the Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2, developed by Reiter Engineering in cooperation with Lamborghini’s R&D motorsport department.

Based on the new Gallardo MY13, a focus of the new GT3 FL2’s development is on long-distance performance and includes ‘24-hour’ brakes, improved engine cooling and reduced fuel consumption. The car features a highly efficient aero kit, a new front splitter, a rear carbon diffuser based on that developed for the Super Trofeo and an overall improved power to weight performance, with the GT3 FL2’s weight reduced by 25kg over the previous Gallardo GT3.

The Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2 by Reiter has already proven exceptionally low running costs, setting a benchmark with only € 9/km to € 12/km parts rebuild costs. The GT3 FL2 is priced at € 320,000 euro plus taxes.Although German-based Reiter Engineering has successfully developed its own Lamborghini GT cars since 2000, securing 199 victories and 350 podium positions within GT championships since 2007, this is the first time a GT3 contender will be co-developed in direct collaboration with Lamborghini.

“We are delighted to announce a minimum five-year agreement with Reiter Engineering as our exclusive development and supply partner for Lamborghini GT3 cars, based on Reiter’s strong engineering skills, passion for and understanding of the Lamborghini brand and, of course, obvious racing success,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “We are committed to supporting racing in Europe and Asia in 2013 with expansion into the USA in 2014: GT3 racing, together with our
highly successful mono marque Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in Europe, Asia and this year the USA, are a clear fit with the Lamborghini brand, where we take the prowess of our super sports cars from the road to the track.”

First confirmed deliveries of the new Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2 to teams in Europe and Asia will commence in March 2013, participating in series including the Blancpain Endurance Series, the Asia Le Mans Series and the Italian GT3 Championship.

An expanded in-house motorsport team within Lamborghini’s R&D department will oversee the GT3 race programme, under the guise of
Lamborghini Squadra Corse: a department dedicated to motorsport including GT3, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, and a customer driving program.

From 2013, the Squadra Corse will provide an integrated approach to Lamborghini driving experiences. A new series of ‘Esperienza’ events provide enthusiasts and prospects with opportunity for a first test-drive and to experience the world of Lamborghini. The Lamborghini Academies, on both track and ice, provide driver training and the initial steps towards racing. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series provides the perfect first race experience for young and gentleman drivers, with the Lamborghini GT3 for more experienced racers wanting to compete with the Lamborghini marque worldwide.

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  1. Good News! I think Lambo is going to get out of front of the merged series in America. I hope they help PUSH the new brain trust of the merge series to take 100% FIA GT3 cars into the series to replace the current Grand Am GT rules.

    Posted by Anthony | January 29, 2013, 1:13
  2. Terrific,hope they race at Sebring 12 March 14,2013. Treffic the American series add’s; Bentley,Mec.Benz,Aston and expand the new X class so the pro drivers will have more moving bus stops ! Save the MIAMI Marine Stadium. TIDE ferrari racing,palm beach.

    Posted by TIDE ferrari racing,palm beach | January 29, 2013, 16:35
  3. Anthony,

    All series subject to FIA rules automatically become secondary to Formula1. Why would the new Grand-Am series want to do that.

    With live TV coverage of all races and the single biggest market for luxury cars the new series has enough bargaining power to dictate the rules of the game.

    Besides the series has builders such as pratt and miller, Riley, and doran, who can all match anything Reiter has in store.

    Posted by Bamba | January 29, 2013, 20:40
  4. Bamba

    Let’s be realistic about where Grand Am and ALMS are. They are already secondary to F1 in terms of audience in the US. Associating themselves with the FIA (which they already do as a member of the FIA and will need to do if they maintain a connection with Le Mans) can only add legitimacy to the series globally.

    Posted by GTurner | January 31, 2013, 5:12
  5. @Bamba and GTurner:
    Sorry, but a merely national motorsports series will always be “secondary” compared to any international series, no matter if it joins the rules of the international automotive association or not. The organizers of such a national series just have to decide if taking over the existing international rules is in favour of their series or not. If they think they can get more teams by offering the possibility to get a Le Mans entrance by winning the LMP2 class, they will do it. If they think it’s not so important they won’t – very easy.
    WEC is global, ALMS is local, WEC is primary, ALMS is secondary. Point.

    Posted by kw | February 2, 2013, 16:15
  6. Initially, the article here is about the new version of the GT3 Lambo prepared by Reiter Engineering, and it’s funny how the discussion went so “American”. Reiter is always focusing on European GT Series only, and this will remain the same with this car. We will see it in the new Ratel GT series, the Blancpain series, the European GT Open, the ADAC GT Masters and the French and British GT championships, but there are no plans for Le Mans or ALMS.

    Posted by kw | February 2, 2013, 16:19
  7. kw,

    the discussion went “American” because the article says lamborghini is hoping to bring this new car to the U.S in 2014. Presumably they would like to compete in the GT class of the new merged series.

    But to do that, they will have to tweak it to the standards of the new series, which are slightly different than the GT3 specs in Europe. Grand am GT cars have pretty much less technology: no abs, no anti-lock brakes, no diffusers, less aerodynamic components overall.

    Audi, ferrari, and Porsche have modified their cars from FIA GT3 specification to Grand Am specs to compete in Grand Am. So to compete onthe Grand Am GT class they will have to change a few bit. There’s even a video on youtube of Audi modifiying their R8′s to grand specs.

    Posted by Bamba | February 3, 2013, 8:35
  8. Despite the fact that the ALMS and Grand Am are national series, the U.S market is the single biggest market for all major manufacturers. The american market size is as big as the whole european union combined.

    Currently you can watch all the races from the ALMS and Grand am for the past 2 seasons online. After the merger there will be live qualifying and live race coverage on tv, plus archived races online accessible from anywhere in the world. That’s a lot more visibility than even F1 offers.

    Posted by Bamba | February 3, 2013, 8:50

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