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This seems to be a really awful year for Lamborghini‘s Gallardo. First there was the fatal crash in Germany that involved an actual Lamborghini employee, and now an accident on the track at Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo Cup series.
It happened during Round 4 of the season and from the looks of the video (available after the jump), the number-22 LP560-4 piloted by Giorgio Bartocci ended up in the gravel on the last turn before the front straight. What ensued is painful and surreal to watch. The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 slams into the wall at a fairly significant speed. Quickly afterwards one can hardly even recognize the infamous bull as it burst into flames.
Fortunately Bartocci survived and is currently in the ICU, but we have to be questioning what took safety so long to extract him and to put out the fire. Lamborghini, rightfully so, canceled the rest of the fourth round and currently six and seven are canceled as well. Clearly Lamborghini has gotten in the press for all the wrong reasons recently. We wish the best for Bartocci for a speedy recovery.
There are two videos after the break.
[Source: Jon Sibal]
Gallery: Super Trofeo Lamborghini Gallardo Crash
Some of the baddest street cars of all time are little more than race cars with a few concessions thrown in to make them suitable for day-to-day use. The Jaguar XK-SS was barely more than a LeMans-spec D-Type with a passenger seat. Nissan would sell special editions of its Skyline GTR that were stripped down for Group N road-racing, while the Big Three were fond of selling drag-strip specials from the factory.
Putting plates on a real race car is a different matter, legally and otherwise, but it didn’t stop one French motorist from doing just that to a Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo. The Super Trofeo was developed for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make series, with a production run of just 30 cars. Based on the LP560-4, the Supertrofeo pumps out 570 horsepower through Lamborghini’s 6-speed e-gear sequential transmission. With a curb weight of only 2900 lbs, the Super Trofeo should have no trouble getting away from any overly curious gendarmes or sportbikes.
[Source: LamboPower via GTspirit.com]