• Jul 20, 2009


To some casual observers, Ferrari and Lamborghini may seem like peas in a pod: exotic Italian supercars with aggressive styling and superlative performance capabilities. But how they arrive at that point is far from similar. While Ferraris are bred from racing technology, Lamborghini, for the most part, doesn't compete in motor sports. For that, they've got Reiter Engineering. The German motorsport garage has decades of experience turning Lamborghini's road cars into racing cars, and not with an immodest level of success. Especially in the GT3 racing class, where Reiter-prepped Lambos have taken titles and continue to lead championships around the world. The latest Reiter GT3 car is now emerging from the development phase and the order books are open.

Based on the Gallardo LP560-4, the Reiter LP560 GT3 is a lightweight road-course rocket. The 5.2-liter V10 has been revised to GT3 specifications, while lightweight aluminum chassis components draped in carbon fiber bodywork keeps weight down to just 2,624 pounds. Downforce has been optimized, shift times have been halved and weight distribution has been balanced. But one of the most intriguing elements of the LP560's design is that it can be easily upgraded to compete in the higher level GT2 class, giving privateer teams a wider variety of titles to contest. Reiter will sell your team a turn-key GT3-spec model for 265,000 euros (about $375k), and upgrade it to GT2 spec for another 30,000 euros ($43k). Details in the press release after the jump.



PRESS RELEASE

Motorsport innovation with new REITER Lamborghini LP560 GT3

The REITER Lamborghini LP560 GT3 was tested for the first time in public and is more efficient than its victorious predecessor: More power, improved suspension geometry, refined and optimised aerodynamics and a reduction in weight are key factors for the performance increase. In addition the car scores with an innovative 2-in-1 concept.

The new car is based on the production Lamborghini LP560-4. The REITER LP560 GT3 is equipped with a completely new and more powerful 5.2 litre V10 engine producing 570 PS (419.2 kW) at 8,000 rpm. It also develops significantly more torque than its predecessor – namely 540 Nm at 6,500 rpm. An EFI Euro 12 ECU performs the engine management.

With its new car REITER Engineering aims to continue the winning ways of its GT3 model series. To date a total of 49 examples were sold to the worldwide customer base. And with success: In addition to numerous race victories a REITER Gallardo GT3 currently holds the overall lead in the French FFSA GT3 and Asian GT3 championships. A brace of team titles (ADAC GT Masters), three championship titles (Australian GT, FFSA GT, Italian GT) and two championship runner-up positions (ADAC GT Masters, FFSA GT) have been credited to the REITER designed and developed Lamborghini racer over the last few years. However, the talk can not be of matching previous successes, “since the new Lamborghini GT3 is clearly far superior in many aspects than its predecessor,” states Team Boss Hans Reiter

The car weighs-in at an impressive 1,190 kg and, as a result, numbers among the lightweights in the GT3 class. The reason for this is its unique light-weight design aluminium spaceframe-structure, which allows the chassis to be considerably lighter and extremely rigid torsionally. The front and rear bodywork and the sills are also manufactured from lightweight carbon-fibre.

The aerodynamic concept follows the high-downforce philosophy of the predecessor. A combination of the carbon rear wing, front splitter and the completely closed aluminium-honeycomb underfloor generate the downforce required. The aerodynamic could be improved by 8

Equipped with 270/650-18 (front) and 310/710-18 (rear) REITER Engineering exploits the maximum tyre dimension on the rear axle which in turn improves the grip compared to the forerunner GT3 and, more specifically, allows significantly more constant lap times.

As usual a Holinger race gearbox ensures excellent power transmission. An Evo-gearbox enabled gear-shift times to be reduced by half. In addition, the fully programmable, electronic power management system (OBR) is another technical innovation that eases handling and maintenance.

A genuine motorsport innovation and interesting added value for GT3 customers: During the concept and design phase the REITER development team produced the REITER Convertible Concept (REITER CC/32). It allows the GT3 car, available for 265,000 Euro net, to be converted to a full-spec GT2 race car cost-efficiently in an ‘After Sales Solution’ for approx 30,000 Euro net. In this way customers receive a REITER LP560 GT3 race car which can start worldwide in the GT3 classes and also in the GT2 categories including the LM GT2 class.

Orders for three cars have already been placed. In September Lamborghini and GT3 customers have the opportunity to test the REITER Lamborghini LP560 GT3.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Callaway won the GT3 manufacturers championship in 2007, they won the drivers championship last year in 2008. The Corvette has won by far the most races in this series as well as most European national series. Because of this, they currently are carrying prohibitive rewards weight and smaller restricters than normal. This will balance out later in the year. The Phoenix Carsports Corvettes are ahead of both Callaway and Reiters. Finally, Callaway builds all the Corvette cars for the European teams.
      Additionally the French DBRS9 team has run all 6 races ...the German Corvette teams only half the races. But then I'm sure you wouldn't want the facts to get in the way, that the Corvettes C6 variations are the dominant car in all the GT series they chose to run in. Deal with it. Even the Stig agrees.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Reiter debuts new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 GT3"

      When it comes to cars like this, it's not a true, full debut without a video with, of course, lots of exhaust noise.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The regular Gallardo makes sense because it is for the purpose of turning heads going down the road or going to the club. This does not make much sense, especially at $400,000. You buy a lambo to pick up women, anyone that says otherwise is lying.

      You buy this kind of car if you are a real racer, and if you are a real racer it makes more sense to buy a Porsche GT3RS or GT2 or a Nissan GT-R or GT-R Spec V.

      I don't see the value in this car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uhh... what?

        This is a race car, like, a GT3-spec race car. Unlike all the cars you mentioned, this is not a high performance super-sporty street car, this is a race car.

        A more logical comparison would be to Porsche GT3 RSR or Aston Martin DBRS9 (both of which are also fully prepped GT3 racers, not street cars).

        Yeah, people buy Lambos to pick up women. But people who buy this Lambo will probably be racing it on a track, only, ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay! We get it! it's by Reiter Engineering. Sheesh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow... FIA GT3 class, ...really? I had high hopes that reiter would built a GT2 version instead so that I can watch em in action in LMS next year. It would be awesome to see 911 GT3, F430GT and Corvettes beating the crap out of each other in next year's le mans.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "A genuine motorsport innovation and interesting added value for GT3 customers: During the concept and design phase the REITER development team produced the REITER Convertible Concept (REITER CC/32). It allows the GT3 car, available for 265,000 Euro net, to be converted to a full-spec GT2 race car cost-efficiently in an ‘After Sales Solution’ for approx 30,000 Euro net. In this way customers receive a REITER LP560 GT3 race car which can start worldwide in the GT3 classes and also in the GT2 categories including the LM GT2 class."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Still, it's a welcome addition to any of the GT classes. In GT3 it can compete against the R8 V10 LMS... I'd like to see that...
      • 5 Years Ago
      My mistake, GT3 RSR is actually a GT2 car. More appropriate would be GT3 Cup.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      For some reason its just a Meh to me....
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will either burn up or DNF due to technical difficulties.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was going to say it will definitely burn up, and that driver being buckled in with a million point harness, big helmet, head brace, big seat bolsters, and intrusive roll cage will have a HELL of a difficult time getting out of it in a hurry when the flames come to a full broil.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks good with the roof and engine cover in black.
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