• Dec 17th 2009 at 10:40AM
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All hail the drift king, Valentino Balboni - Click above to view the video after the jump

Fate is a funny thing. It was our destiny to get a ride with Valentino Balboni in a Lamborghini LP550-2 Valentino Balboni during rush hour traffic in Los Angeles. Lucky? Absolutely, though we may have crested 50 mph once... maybe. Would we have preferred to have been in the passenger seat of this here limeade green Valentino Balboni as Lamborghini's legendary test driver literally hoons the rear tires off the car? Dear God, yes!!

The following video is actually a pretty good demonstration of the difference between RWD and AWD vehicles. You'll see the Mr. Balboni flinging the LP550-2 around a corner, the rear sliding out a touch before he applies just a dab of oppo' to get the V10-powered, rear-wheel drive mini-monster back in line. This is followed by an AWD LP560-4 which simply can't break traction and sort of gracelessly shunts and shutters its way around the corner. Faster, no doubt -- but not nearly as fun to watch. And then there are sparks and smoke and trust us you'll love this. Watch the video, after the jump.

[Source: YouTube via Jalopnik]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "Fate is a funny thing. It was our destiny to get a ride with Valentino Balboni in a Lamborghini LP55-2 Valentino Balboni during rush hour traffic..."


      The Balboni only has 55hp?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lamborghini + Drifting/Powersliding + Balboni = Awesome.

      I can't lie, the sparks shooting out from the rear tires was pretty pimp.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When it comes to drifting, I'd rather watch paint dry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is simply the best sounding V10 in existence... Well maybe Porsche's Carrera GT but ya... Sounds SUPERB!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool.... But why the oval test track....
      But still awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know drifting. That Sir, is no drifting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why aren't there more beautiful colors like that in the car world? Everything's become a shade of gray or silver lately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad. Hope the screeching wasn't as annoying in person as it was in the video
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do you call this drifting? I'm yawning while watching it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. I can't believe I wasted my time watching this crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This brought back memories of a 60-Minutes episode I saw when I was an impressionable youth. I recall that Lamborghini once had this video playing on a TV screen in their booth at the Detroit Auto Show... (yes, it was still called that at the time).


      Here is Balboni taking the reporter for a memorable "test drive" down country roads at a claimed 180 mph... the road doesn't seem straight enough for long enough for that. Then again, they also claim that the Countach had "over 500 hp" which is a bit of an exaggeration (I think the rating on the 5000 QV was around 450 or so). I still wonder what was going through the mind of that Fiat driver who was passing a truck when the Lambo came up behind him so quickly. Sweet sounds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys throw the "drifting" title around way too much.

      He's powersliding, trailbraking, oversteering, hanging out the tail, whatever... but not drifting.

      No wonder people think drifting is boring, if that's all they see with the title attached to it!

      On another note, couldn't Lamborghini spring for a few extra sets of rear tires??

        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. When I saw this on Jalop, I pretty much just yawned through it. It was pretty lame, though that engine does sound delicious!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, when did we generate this new definition of drifting? As long as I can remember drifting has been pretty much the same thing as powersliding, but now suddenly it has to be powersliding that has a certain angle of attack? I don't get it. How many degrees does it have to be before it changes from powersliding to drifting?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you!
      • 5 Years Ago
      this man is really honorable, lol
      testing each brand new vehicle for years.

      being paid to drive customers car and not just any car.
      i wish it was me.
      but i probably can't apply, i'm not italian.
      : )
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