• Sep 26, 2010
Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Typically, when an automaker and a watchmaker team up, it's to spec out a special-edition watch. But Lamborghini and Blancpain have already done that. The two marques are also behind the Super Trofeo racing series, which Lamborghini claims is the fastest spec racing series on today's circuits. The season just wrapped up at Vallelunga, where the two companies took the wraps off the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition.

The special-edition Lambo is distinguished from the standard model with such unique touches as a vented engine cover and a big rear wing, along with carbon fiber parts, Skorplus wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes. A matte black finish with yellow accents further set its apart inside and out. The most interesting spec however, is the Blancpain Edition's weight; at 2954 pounds, Sant'Agata lauds it as the lightest vehicle in Lamborghini's roadgoing range. Couple that with the 5.2-liter V10 boosted to 570 horsepower (like the spec racers) and Lambo claims a 3.4-second sprint to 62 mph from a standstill, topping out a hair under the double-century mark.

We're on our way to Paris to get a closer look at this among the myriad other excitements making their debut later this week. In the meantime, we invite you to read more about the Blancpain Edition in the press release after the jump and have a closer look in the image gallery below.



[Source: Lamborghini]
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Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition

Automobili Lamborghini and Blancpain are uniting their phenomenal engineering skill and honoring the huge success of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo racing series with a very special super sports car: the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition.

This extraordinary super sports car joins the competition spirit of the Super Trofeo race car with an exclusive design and one hundred percent road-going usability. The first Gallardo from the exclusive and limited Blancpain Edition production run has been presented by Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, and Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO of Blancpain, at the final race weekend of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo on Sunday September 26 in the "Piero Taruffi" circuit, Vallelunga.

Automobili Lamborghini, the manufacturer of extreme Italian super sports cars, and Blancpain, the world's oldest luxury watchmaker, are among the very best brands in their respective sectors worldwide. Blancpain was recently voted the "Best of the Best" among the world's most exquisite watch brands by the "Luxury Institute" in New York. Now the two brands have come together to develop a unique blend of technology and design to create the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition, putting the power of the world's fastest mono-marque race series into a road-legal vehicle.

Blancpain is the title sponsor of the successful Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series. The cooperation between these two brands brings together the highest levels of engineering excellence from the automotive and chronometry industries. Blancpain has been producing innovative masterpieces of watch-making art in Switzerland's Vallée de Joux since 1735. Each timepiece is assembled by one single watchmaker, reflecting the quality and individual attention with which Lamborghini builds its super sports cars for the road, and its 570 hp Super Trofeo race cars.

Both brands share an enormous passion for racing. Blancpain is not only intensely involved with the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, but is also official timekeeper for the FIA GT1 World Championship – where Lamborghini cars also compete against other prestigious marques. In July, Lamborghini secured its first win in the newly-formed championship at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, where former Formula One driver Riccardo Zonta and Frank Kechele charged to a first-place finish.

"Lamborghini is extremely happy about its cooperation with Blancpain. In just its second year, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo has established itself in the premier league of gentlemen's racing," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "Each race is a battle of dedication and passion for every single hundredth of a second – something that characterizes both of our brands. The Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition demonstrates the close bond between our road-going super sports cars and the race car."

"This is a very intense and dynamic partnership between companies from highly disparate sectors, but with the same drive for innovation and mechanical excellence," says Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO of Blancpain. "For me, Blancpain has always been a true revolutionary - even a little crazy - with the spirit of adventure. We have always tried to be a little different, to remain innovative and to attempt things that no-one had ever achieved before. This pursuit of excellence is a passion that is shared by Blancpain and Lamborghini," continues Hayek. "Lamborghini is indisputably a first-class manufacturer with the highest levels of engineering competence, which is why the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo offers a perfect platform for attracting even more attention to our brand around the world."

Marc A. Hayek is not only President and CEO of Blancpain, he is also a passionate and accomplished race driver. He has already claimed several victories in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, and is currently fighting for the podium in the Pro-Am Drivers' Standings.

In this special configuration, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition shows the spirit of competition - the mighty rear spoiler for maximum stability and the engine cover for optimized ventilation were derived directly from the race car featured in the world's fastest one-make series. The Edition is also equipped with Skorpius wheels with yellow-painted brake calipers and discs made, of course, from carbon-ceramic composite. One striking visual feature that fits perfectly with the matt black paintwork is the carbon-fiber used to make external components, such as the diffuser and mirror casings.

The interior of the Blancpain Edition further reinforces the extremely sporty character of the Gallardo without sacrificing the comfort of the driver and passenger. The entire interior is finished in black Alcantara with yellow accents and visible carbon-fiber. The Blancpain logo is placed on the exterior and also featured on the seats and cockpit in yellow stitching. Propulsion for the Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition comes courtesy of the 570 hp V10 power unit from the series Superleggera production car – as is the case for the Super Trofeo race car. Superb traction from the all-wheel drive ensures perfect stability in every situation.

The super sports car from Sant'Agata Bolognese boasts a dry weight of no more than 1340 kilograms (2954 lb) – the lightest road-going model in Lamborghini's range.

One key factor is the exterior and interior components made from carbon-fiber. Carbon-fiber is ideal for the manufacture of sports cars as its use allows for weight reduction and improved mechanical features. The car's performance is thus enhanced thanks to a better power-to-weight ratio and reduced total mass, which means that CO2 emissions are also lower.

The V10 power unit with 5.2 liters (317.6 cu in) of displacement generates 419 kW (570 hp) in the Gallardo Blancpain Edition. This puts the power-to-weight ratio of the vehicle at only 2.35 kilograms (5.18 lb) per hp and guarantees breathtaking performance. This super sports car handles the dash from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and flies past the 200 km/h (124 mph) mark only 6.8 seconds later, ultimately exceeding 320 km/h (199 mph).


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Here we go again with the dry weight vs curb weight.

      The 2,954 pounds is the exact number quoted by Lamborghini for the LP 570-4 Superleggera. Both times the number is *dry* weight. Now although it is standard for dry weights to be used for motorcycles, both Ferrari and Lambo have been doing this lately for their cars. Both the *curb* weights on the Blancpain and Superleggera should be right at 3,153 pounds.

      No again, this should be praised--less than 1,450 kgs curb weight is damn impressive and Lambo should be praised for putting out another lightweight edition. It just needs to be made clear that when you're trying to compare power to weight ratios (or more accurately, weight to power ratios), make sure you're comparing apples to apples (curb weight to curb weight), not apples to oranges.

      In this specific case it is the difference between ~5.2 and ~5.5 pounds per horsepower.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It sure doesn't look as matte black!
      • 4 Years Ago
      but is it electric..
      or is it jersey shore
        • 4 Years Ago
        mccall, I have a solid scientific background and I've spent 4 years learning every engineering aspect of electric cars and educatd quite a few. I'm a proponent of EVs. what are you?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen

        "the tesla roadster goes 350km"

        Gee, my recent road trip to Florida was over 1,200 miles. Forgive me if I'm no ready to drop over $100,000 (that I don't have) on a Tesla that'll get me around ~200 miles, carry none of my luggage (or family), and leave me stranded in the middle of Louisiana.

        There are many people, including myself, that believe global warming and its implications are legitimate concerns. Unfortunately, you're just making the rest of us look like utter morons.

        You're a troll and nothing else.


        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen

        "0kijam0, since I'm all sorts of wrong, then if not electric drive, what is your solution for transportation vis a vis global warming then

        unlike you my position is intelligently thought through."

        So far all you've done is post a YouTube video of a vehicle no one can buy, state how wonderful the Tesla Roadster is (despite how impractical and expensive it is), and call everyone ignorant while stating how intelligent you are. Great position.

        It's not that people don't like electric technology, they just don't like you.

        • 4 Years Ago
        0kimkam0, ok so you believe electric cars is the way forward? that this lamborghini should e electric instead?
        since you like electric cars just not me..

        it couldn't be the case that many are violently ignorant and try to kill the messenger, could it..
        unthinkable
        • 4 Years Ago
        you're good at going downhill. you might consider a different focus.

        the tesla roadster goes 350km. that's some kind of distance. and unlike what jeremy clarkson would have you think to keep you as ignorant as he, it doesn't suddenly run out of juice. it will go the 350km and still 0-100km/h in 3.8seconds whenever some ricer needs to be put in his place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm a professional industrial designer, but i don't want to get into a pissing contest here. Spending 4 years reading articles about what other people are doing to advance EV technology and adopting the mindset that you know better than every other person here doesn't make you an expert. Also, annoying people (you say educating) enough on a car bog to the point that they want nothing to do with EV tech doesn't help your case. If you have a background in maybe M.E. or could tell me anything (without google) about thermodynamics or heat transfer i would be all ears, but like I said.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        "it couldn't be the case that many are violently ignorant and try to kill the messenger, could it..
        unthinkable"

        You haven't contributed anything towards the movement towards electric cars. You googled a few things here and there and watched some videos of what other people are doing, then post on every blog post about how stupid everyone else and todays technology is. All you've done is turn people away from EVs to avoid associating with trolls like you. "It's not that people don't like electric technology, they just don't like you." sums it up best, take a minute to figure out why and you would be doing us all a favor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jason, yeah it couldn't be that I'm an intelligent person that cares about the fate of the world vis a vis peak oil, global warming and smog health problems. it's much more likely that I like being abused by the ignorant masses.
        Jesus was also a masochist. he was just dying to get crucified...

        you are the mindless troll Jason.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Please don't feed the troll...he gets some sick pleasure out of people telling him he's an idiot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh not again.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...reminds me of the Cala but with more angles.
      Charlie Deeee
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it were my ride, my plate would read. CAPTOOL. I would pull up in front of every bumper sticker that read Obama for prez.
      JCAP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice ride
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sexy and scary at the same time!
      • 4 Years Ago
      yet another special edition!!!

      NO need to worry lambo collectors...if u miss out on this one another super rare special edition with 5 more digits will arrive a few months.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those are Skorpius wheels, not "Skorplus."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lamborghinis are looking more and more pedestrian every year. This looks not much more exotic than a Pontiac Fiero GT. What happened to them? Is that our eyes have overdosed on exotics for so long, that nothing looks special anymore, like porn fatigue, or is it that these sleek shapes, once the exclusive domain of Italy, have now made their way down the general automotive food chain to the point where many real world cars have already sported many of these same cues. Kind of looks like a Toyota Celica. While the prices of Lamborghinis and Ferraris, in the last 20 years, have kept their distance from the rest of the world's offerings, their looks have not kept that spread. And since, in the real world, where speed limits are strictly enforced, the theretofore outlandish looks were the only thing justifying the price premium in the first place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So what you're saying is you've never seen a Gallardo in person? No one would confuse this with ANYTHING else if they saw one roll up next to them. The simple fact is this car looks, sounds and drives like nothing else. That's why they cost so much and that's why people still gawk at them. A Gallardo has more presence than some much more expensive vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great looking car but I would rather have any model Ferrari. These cars are fast and perform great for the money but they seem to be missing a soul...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only reason that car is missing a sou is it sold it to the devil.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ferrari is company made out of cheaters. Just ask everyone who races against them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Someone once told me in a heavy Italian accent: " if you want to be somebody, you buy a Ferrari, if you are somebody, you buy a Lamborghini" whether you like it or not, in the natural echelon of car ownership, it's Porsche, then Ferrari, then Lamborghini if you want to stick with Italians...or you go to the British side of thing....

        I love Ferrari's, But the Lamborghini brand is just so much more

        • 4 Years Ago
        Ferrari sucks , Lambo rules. it's a scientific fact.
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