Yes, somebody has used a Countach to go racing !
This heavily modified Lamborghini Countach was based on a 25th Anniversary edition, because this was the the most appropriate version to built a race car from. The standard rear spoiler was replaced by a racing type unit, which was completely adjustable, the air intakes behind the doors are redesigned to allow a better air-flow into the engine compartment. This V-12 was reworked to produce over 550 Bhp, combined with a lowered suspension and 18 inch rims with racing slicks, this car was a real performer.
The side glass windows were replaced by Plexiglas panels and just behind the doors, in front of the air intakes, two race-type fuel cells were mounted with racing fillers. The front hood now incorporated an air-extractor and the front spoiler was drastically lowered to obtain down force at high speeds, a top speed wasn't published on this specific model, but without most of the creature comforts in the interior, just one race bucket, and the glass normally used, this one should be able to attain more than 350 Km/h. No official information was found on this car, but I did locate a 1/24th plastic model kit from Fujimi. The finish was rather good and as a display model it was very suitable, but unfortunately the car was in fact only a standard 25th Anniversary model with the special Rain-X decals included. To really make the car look like the exact race car you would need to rework the entire front spoiler and make small alterations to the rear wing.
Lamborghini didn't enter racing himself, but that didn't mean others couldn't use the engine for their race car.
(added on October 18. 1998)
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)
the first Lamborghini that was officially entered into racing ...
(added on March 24. 2006)
Raeder Motorsport will enter a Lamborghini Gallardo into racing at Nurnburg.
(added on May 19. 2006)
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)
May 23. 2006
Text © Mark Smeyers
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