Lamborghini has announced that its one-make championship stage in Monza has been cancelled.
The Super Trofeo should've started on 17th of April, but as Covid19 continues to strike in Italy and in the rest of the world, SRO Motorsport decided to postpone the first stage to the 3rd of July in Misano, where also the final race will be held on 28th of October.
Author: Chris Leustean
Pictures by: Lamborghini, Chris Leustean for Milano16V
Organizers: Lamborghini Squadra Corse, Oppo Mobile, SRO, AWS, Pirelli, Roger Dubuis, PERTAMINA
So what is the Lamborghini Super Trofeo exactly? The Super Trofeo is a one-make championship organized by Lamborghini, SRO and powered by AWS. The season is held in three continents: Europe, Asia and North America; where both PRO and AM drivers challenge each other to take the trophy, racing only Huracàn Super Trofeo EVOs, obviously track ready.
Don’t think of a basic powered up Huràcan, that’s nowhere close. The Super Trofeo EVO is a racing weapon that Lamborghini Squadra Corse, Centro Stile and Dallara Automobili created together, and it’s meant to be a track warrior. Its bodykit has been revisited improving aerodynamics, removing the double air intake in favor of the scoop, adding shark fins, splitters and a wing to keep it glued to the ground.
Yes, aerodynamics makes a huge difference, but have the guys stopped there? Short answer: definitely not. The development went on, as its 5.2 litre V10 engine delivers just about 620hp, accompanied by a sequential gearbox co-developed with X-Trac and Magneti Marelli, so it can be both precise and reliable when delivering all the power for the whole 50 minutes of the race.
The interiors are not exactly luxurious, since they have been stripped out of the classic Alcantara and made safer and stiffer thanks to a full roll-cage. Then, OMP steering wheel, LED displays and buttons everywhere, but most importantly, hot air is gonna be your best friend, since A/C is not an available option for this model.
If this sounds awesome, then the Lamborghini Super Trofeo VIP is the best experience you can have!
We had the opportunity to be brand ambassadors and part of the VIP program for Lamborghini Squadra Corse and main partner Oppo Mobile, and we can assure you that it feels like being at home, but with something quite different from an Oxfordshire cottage: the sound of V10s.
In case you’re trying to figure it out, the VIP hospitality assures you with accommodation, transfers, food and Lounge area, all of which are top notch.
On our first day we arrived in Rimini, and after a relaxing beach walk and some resting at the Hotel, we went to the track. The program included seeing the Blancpain GT World Challenge (as it takes place the same days as the Super Trofeo) and Race 1 of Super Trofeo late at night.
Our arrival at the Misano Circuit (also known as Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli - named after famous and beloved MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli’s death in 2011), has been welcomed by a large parking spot, appositely arranged for Lamborghini customers and populated by both road cars and racing variants. With a glass of Prosecco in one hand and Instagram open in the other one, we admired a couple of beautiful masterpieces from the past.
Being in a racetrack, the Lamborghini Diablo was an obvious choice, but what about the stunning and very rare LM-002? Yes, you’ve heard it right. Why on earth would you bring such a “Rambo” vehicle, that was imagined for the desert, to a circuit? Well, for the following hours Lamborghini prepared for us a couple of quick lessons in which they explained the past of the offroader, the current developments of the Urus platform and all the things both vehicles share.
As the day passed by, it was time for dinner. The guys from Lamborghini arranged an actual restaurant in the middle of the track, and we’re still amazed by how they managed to build such a big Lounge area out of thin air. Obviously the food was Italian, and excellent as well.
With our stomachs full, we had the chance to enjoy night racing: cars flying by, red-flaming brakes, sounds coming from the brakes and transmission, exhausts popping furiously, all surrounded by complete darkness. After 50 minutes Imperiale Racing’s car crossed the line, driven by Galbiati.
We had to wake up early since it was class day, basically an intensive teaching of what is Super Trofeo and how it works, from the ground up. Lamborghini representatives and engineers explained every detail of a Super Trofeo car, how each team can buy spare parts during a race and the general logistics behind an event like this.
We weren’t finished yet, because it was time for the SUVs.
The LM-002 really was ahead of its time, in an historic moment in which the concept of SUV simply didn't exist. Back in the days, a lot of testing was done in the desert, the natural habitat of the Sant’Agata Bolognese monster, thanks to its massive power and to the Pirelli bespoke tires. It has been the greatest and fastest SUV for many years, with the spectacular V12 engine of the Countach Quattrovalvole producing 450 horsepower.
A couple of years ago, Lamborghini decided to build another offroader, this time much more recent, but with past resemblances. From the “Rambo Lambo”, the Urus was born as a very modern SUV (one of its kind but made for a much larger audience), sporting a design that goes back to the LM-002, such as the muscular volumes, the angled lines and the squared side arches.
Just before Race 2, we had time to do some laps with Esperienza cars: Huràcan Performante, Aventador SVJ and - of course - a Huràcan Super Trofeo EVO.
With the heartbeats to the stars, the official race began. Sadly it was very hot, as the thermometer indicated a constant temperature of 40°C. Drivers, as if stress wasn't a strong enough emotion, had to fight heat, considering (as we said before) the absence of A/C.
Nevertheless, once again, team Imperiale Racing proved to be superior, as Vito Postiglione and his teammate Kikko Galbiati won both races of this round.