No Lamborghini had ever officially raced under their name, several private parties had entered Lamborghini's in races, but never with any success though.
In 1985, David Jolliffe, the Lamborghini importer in Britain, which was Portman, decided to use a modified Countach LP5000S for racing in Group B, but the Countach wasn't built in sufficient numbers to allow its entry in the suitable Groups.
This didn't worry Jolliffe much, he then started building a completely new car to Group C regulations. He received a Countach QV engine with a 5.7-Liter displacement, which was modified at the factory under the directions of Luigi Marmiroli and used the data withdrawn from the victorious marine engines. This engine was coupled to a Hewland VG-C race transmission, and pumped out a promising 650 to 700 Bhp.
Jolliffe had the chassis made by Spice Engineering, and CC Racing Developments, actually CC Motorsports in Kirbymooreside, England, entered the car in the 1986 World Championship with Tiff Needell and Mauro Baldi as the drivers of this black monster.
But the big problem was money, only one sponsor could be found for this project, Unipart, Britain's biggest spare parts factory, would support the Countach QVX, as it was officially called, to promote Unipart's new high-performance oil 'Unipart Supreme'. The car made a promising debut in April 1985, and ran a few races without any success, but the money soon ran out and the Countach QVX disappeared.
It would certainly be able to do better, because it was very close to the Jaguar that actually won the World Championship in Group C, only the Lamborghini powered car was more powerful.
West Racing took delivery of their Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 GT which will be entered in the 2011 American Le Mans Series.
(added on December 19. 2010)
After installing a twin turbo system on the new Lamborghini Aventador the V12 delivers no less than 1200 hp.
(added on June 5. 2012)
The famous V12 engine was tuned to nearly 600 Bhp with the intention of entering the Diablo SE30 Jota in FIA racing, only 27 are known to exist.
(added on May 28. 2013)
Blancpain Racing takes home their first win in the maiden race of the Gallardo GT3 FL2 with Hayek, Pronk and Kox behind the wheel in the 12h Hungary 2013
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A new line in the Lamborghini store, Linea racing by Sparco
(added on November 30. 2005)
March 16. 2005
Text © Mark Smeyers
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