• Aug 21, 2008


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To the outside observer, Lamborghini and Ferrari may appear to be peas in a pod, and while the two exotic automakers may arrive at similar points, they come from completely different directions. While Ferrari remains essentially a racing team that produces road cars to support their motorsport campaigns, sporadic privateer entries notwithstanding, Lamborghini has never had the same degree of racing pedigree. That may be about to change, however.

This year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance highlighted Lamborghini as a featured marque, and the guys over at Garage419 had a chance to talk with Stefan Winkelmann. The Lamborghini CEO revealed that the company is preparing a full-on factory racing program, and though details are still a few weeks away, Winkelmann said the factory racing effort would start in Europe. Winkelmann also dispelled rumors of a potential RWD-only variant of the new Gallardo LP560-4, as well as a Superleggera version, saying that Lamborghini had no such plans for the time being. Follow the jump to watch the video.

[Source: Garage419 via eGMCarTech]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      It is true Lambo has very little racing heritage. It probably has been more of a function of finances than anything else. Since Lambo is part of the VW/Audi group, aren't they about to be owned by Porsche??? When I think of automobile companies who are synonymous with racing I think Porsche and Ferrari.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Could those two dudes be any more different?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Really. Classy and Classless. But who knows how they are as people in real life.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want to be Stephan Winkelmann when I grow up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does Winkelmann drive a Reventon ? I wonder what his daily driver is.... anybody know?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was half expecting him to ask for a set of Lambo doors for his Mustang.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lamorghini is a company founded to spite Ferrari and will only enter racing because of marketing. I think companies like Ferrari, Porsche, and even Honda were founded with racing in mind, which gives them their racing pedigree.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ferruccio Lamborghini is rolling over in his grave.

      One of the things that set Lamborghini apart from Ferrari is that it never raced. In fact, Ferruccio had a 'no racing' clause written into the incorporation by-laws of the company....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why? You have to be kidding. I've never heard of this. I really want to know the reason if you have any details.

        Did their clause say they can only use lambos as farm equipment?

        They made an experimental F1 engine in the 90s. It didn't go so well. Does that count as racing?

        Lamborghini sucks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, they both look strange, one looks like he should be standing perfectly still in the window at Macys, the other one looks like he doesn't get out of mom's basement much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dude! I want to be one of the first racers!!! I test drove the Gallardo Spyder in July and it was frieking amazing. Ciao.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They better be thinking about RWD only for their GT-1 enteries because they are not at all competitive with Corvette and AM. They are not even competitive with the GT-2 Porsche and Ferrari enteries. In GT-3 the Gallardo is competitive.
      BTW their top line Murcielago GT-R is already RWD and not competitive.
      Of course they could always pray for Audi technology to arrive quickly. The R8 is due to be ready for the upcoming World GT series.
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