Renowned Reiter Engineering based in Germany has been developing pure bred race cars based on the Lamborghini Diablo, Murciélago and Gallardo since 2000 resulting in an impressive feat of 199 victories and no less than 350 podium places in various GT Championships since 2007 … the highly qualified team led by Hans Reiter actually bought regular factory cars and stripped them completely only to rebuild them into high performance race cars in the Reiter workshop.
Today Automobili Lamborghini SpA announced they’ve signed an agreement with Reiter Engineering to co-develop a brand new GT3 race car in direct collaboration with Lamborghini’s R&D motorsport department for at least the five next years … for the 2013 and 2014 season this will mean a new Gallardo GT3 FL2 car based on the latest 2013 LP560-4 edition shown in Paris in late 2012 … but if you read between the lines this also means the next generation Gallardo will most likely also be turned into a GT3 car by Reiter Engineering.
The new Reiter Engineering/Lamborghini Motorsport Gallardo GT3 FL2 car will not only compete in Europe and Asia during the 2013 season, in 2014 it will also head into the United States where we’ll also see the Super Trofeo Series as you already know.
The first 2013 Gallardo GT3 FL2 cars will be shipped to teams in Europe and Asia from March 2013 on to be entered in the Blancpain Endurance Series, the Asian Le Mans Series and also the Italian GT3 Championship … at a price of 320,000 Euro plus taxes by the way.
An entirely new department within Automobili Lamborghini SpA will take care of the required support for the series where the new Gallardo GT3 FL2 will be entered, Lamborghini Squadra Corse will be dedicated solely to motorsport, including not only GT3 races but also the Blancpain Super Trofeo Series and the customer driving program.
During 2013 the ‘Esperienza’ events will allow both enthusiasts and prospects to take a first drive in the world of Lamborghini, not only during the well-known Academies held on both race tracks and ice roads when people receive training on how to drive the Raging Bull as they were intended to be driven while the more experienced drivers can enter the Blancpain Super Trofeo series for their inauguration into real life race driving … when experience reaches the next level those drivers will then be able to enter actual GT3 racing.
While based on the 2013 New Gallardo LP560-4 model, the GT3 FL2 model will resemble the new Super Trofeo race car more, especially at the rear where the carbon fiber diffuser is closely based on the ST model, however the front is totally different with a new splitter showing those impressive Aventador J vertical fins while the rear receives massive rear wing in style with the 2012 Reiter Engineering LP600+ model.
While the Super Trofeo race car is intended for relatively short stints on the track, the new Gallardo GT3 FL2 is developed with a clear focus on long-distance racing with further improvement in engine cooling, a reduction in fuel consumption to avoid excessive pit stops for refueling and impressive 24-hour disk brakes … keep in mind this new Gallardo GT3 FL2 even puts 25kg less on the scales compared to the earlier Gallardo GT3 model.
I for one can’t wait to see this impressive new Reiter Engineering/Lamborghini Squadra Corse Gallardo GT3 FL2 in action on the track this season.