In the world of exotic sports cars, Lamborghini has always been a name synonymous with innovation, power, and style. To mark significant milestones, the automaker has released some truly special cars. After celebrating 25 years with the Countach Anniversario in 1988, Lamborghini once again designed a breathtaking special car for their 30th anniversary in 1993 – the Diablo SE30.
The Diablo SE30 was unveiled during the third Lamborghini Day in September 1993 in Sant’Agata, Italy. Surrounded by 140 Lamborghinis from all over the world, the SE30 (Special Edition) dazzled the audience with its unique appearance and race-ready specifications.
The Diablo SE30 was not just a showpiece. It was aimed to be entered in GT championships around the world by installing the JOTA upgrade kit on it. Weight saving was a crucial part of the design. Power windows were abandoned, and synthetic glass replaced the side windows. The interior was all about racing, yet it retained an air of elegance.
The blue Alcantara leather seats and dashboard were complemented by carbon fiber, white dials, and perforated aluminum pedals. The absence of air-conditioning, radio, or CD player made room for a red button activating an automatic fire extinguisher system. Drivers could also adjust the anti-roll bars from inside the cockpit, adding up to 3 Km/h to the turn speed.
Most of Diablo’s bodywork remained aluminum, but parts like the side air intakes were now Carbon Fiber. The front spoiler was redesigned, and a rear spoiler was standard. The rear engine hood echoed the Miura of the Sixties, and the rear bumper/spoiler incorporated new features like the 30th-anniversary logo.
Opening the engine hood revealed a marvel of engineering. The modified engine produced a staggering 525 Bhp at 7000 rpm. Paired with a 125 Kg decrease in weight, the Diablo SE30 achieved 0-100 Km/h in only 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 331 Km/h.
Suspension and Tires
The SE30 featured a ‘normal’ suspension without the electronic adjustability of the VT. A standard traction control system was also introduced. OZ-Racing designed ultra-light magnesium compound rims, with Pirelli P Zero tires, enhancing the car’s performance further.
The prototype’s Lavender metallic color, though unconventional for a ‘race’ Lamborghini, made the Diablo SE30 look even more exotic. The limited run of only 150 units, some converted to Jota specifications, made this model highly sought-after.
The ‘Carte Blanche’ service allowed customers to choose any color and interior finish, making each SE30 unique. German tuner, Rogalla, even offered a Turbo Charger, boosting power to 625 Hp and top speed to 343 Km/h.
The 1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 stands as a testament to Lamborghini’s relentless pursuit of perfection and innovation. It not only celebrated a milestone but pushed the boundaries of automotive engineering and design. Its legacy continues to inspire, and it remains an iconic model that embodies the pure essence of the Lamborghini spirit.