Sam Philip14 July 2009

New Gallardo GT3 revealed

Reiter Engineering rolls out track-ready Lamborghini LP560. It is very fast and very sticky

Reiter Engineering’s Lamborghini Gallardo LP560

When Lamborghini wants to turn its road-going supercars into track-going weapons, it turns to Reiter Engineering.

The German firm has been rolling out race-prep Lambos since 1994, and has just got its hands on the new Gallardo, the LP560.

Welcome, then, the new Gallardo GT3 car. Not a bad bit of kit, eh? Though it puts out the same power as the road-going Gallardo - a not-insignificant 560bhp - it's the weight that's the headline figure here. The Reiter LP560 tips the scales at just 1,190kg, a full 220kg lighter than the road car.

Which means it'll be brutally quick - and sticky, too. That giant rear wing contributes to massive downforce, a full eight per cent more than on the previous Gallardo racer.

Naturally you get big track-spec tyres and a racing sequential gearbox, along with ceramic brakes designed to cope with a full 24-hour race.

As you'd expect, you'll have to pay Reiter a hefty wodge of cash for your race-ready GT3 Gallardo: around £230,000, in fact.

But here's the best bit: for an extra £17,000 or so, Reiter will upgrade your piffling GT3 car into a full-bastard GT2 car, ready to do battle with the Porsche GT3 RS, Ferrari F430 and Aston V8 Vantage.

Reiter is inviting customers to test the new GT3 Gallardo this September. Got a spare weekend?

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