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Race Against Time

Nov 24

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009 3:00 PM  RssIcon

Having destroyed the teams previous Lamborghini in a nasty smash on stage 36 of Targa Tasmania in April this year, the team have purchased another "Lambo". They've stripped it to a bare tub, painted it black and have now commenced with the race against time to have the car ready for the Mount Buller Sprint starting on the 4th of December.

The new Gallardo sure is a beauty. This version of the car has an advanced six speed electro-hydraulically controlled, semi-automatic robotized manual which Lamborghini abbreviates to "E-gear". The "E-gear" allows the driver to make the shifts much faster than a manual transmission would. The driver shifts up and down via paddles behind the steering wheel, and does not and cannot manually actuate the clutch.

With the 4961cc V10 40-valve DOHC motor producing over 520hp at 8000 rpm and 510Nm of torque, it is capable of 0 to 100kms in 3.8 seconds. The mid engined, four wheel drive Gallardo is only 4300mm long, 1900mm wide and 1165mm high.

The car was originally built in Santa'Agata, Bolognese Italy. The name Gallardo is a Spanish word which translates into "gallant" and from the Italian "striking". The name Superleggera translates to "super light".

Mount Buller in the northwest alpine region of Victoria offers a unique challenge. The course is a 16.1km chase up the mountain, climbing through 132 turns before finishing at the spectacular Mount Buller Alpine village. Teams will contest the run on ten occassions.

The Supaloc team is putting in the hard yards, working 15 hour days to have this noctis black Lamborghini Superlaggera R ready by December.

Lamborghini Gallardo Motor

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