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 |  Jun 30 2010, 1:51 PM

This is one of those situations where a photo is easily worth a thousand words. Details are scarce considering this was first seen posted on a Chinese forum, but the photos clearly show a wedding convoy filled with no less than a dozen Lamborghinis. It’s no secret that there is now plenty of extra-affluent in China, and this is just a small sign of just how wealthy the rich are in China.

As if the Rolls-Royce Phantoms (with a gold Spirit of Ecstasy nonetheless) for the main wedding party wasn’t impressive enough, the convoy consisted of 12 Lamborghinis: three LP670SVs, a pair of LP640s, five LP560s and one LP550. What’s even more impressive is how colorful the collection was, from pink to black to white to yellow to green to orange.

Even though here in Southern California sights like this isn’t all that rare at Cars and Coffee, a collection like this being organized for a single wedding is remarkable. This may be one of those rare chances where owning a Gallardo makes you feel slightly…inferior.

[Source: TT Mop via Luxury4Play]

GALLERY: Lamborghini Filled Wedding in China

 |  Jun 08 2009, 9:48 AM


In an ambitions new emissions reduction strategy Lamborghini has just unveiled, the Italian exotic car maker says it will look to hybrid powertrains (among other things) to cut vehicle emissions by 30 percent by 2015. The company has already made a significant step in that direction with the launch of the LP560-4. Due to the use of direct-injection, that new vehicle emits 18 percent less CO2.

As for the other engineering initiatives Lamborghini will make to hit its target, the company said in a press release that it will also look at biofuels. This shouldn’t be too difficult considering Bentley (which, like Lamborghini, is owned by Volkswagen) has already made significant progress in this field.

Start-stop systems, which turn off the engine when at a light or in traffic, are also a possibility and would no doubt be a part of any hybrid powertrain.

More conventional practices will also be employed, with the company promising to cut the weight of its vehicles while further enhancing aerodynamic efficiency.

The company also cites “improved combustion” in its list of green initiatives and we are no doubt likely to see direct-injection on the successor of the Murciélago – if not sooner.

But Lamborghini’s green plan isn’t just limited to its cars. The company aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent at its factory.

To do this it will transform the roof of its factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy into an energy generator using solar panels. The company says the system will produce 20 percent of the power the factory uses. At the same time, the roof will undergo a massive overhaul with better insulation, lighting and heating that will reduce energy consumption by an additional 10 percent.

“Despite the difficult situation in today’s global economy, Lamborghini is committed to its policy of environmental management, since we are well aware of the great opportunities that derive from it,” said  Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “We have an objective to reduce CO2 emissions to the greatest possible degree. We have also set compulsory annual goals that are part of an integrated approach both considering the automobile as an element which is more considerate of the environment, in terms of emissions and the use of resources, to the accomplishment of a series of corresponding measures such as modifications to our factory.  This is an important action for Lamborghini and a central opportunity for our long term corporate and product development.”

The move has been applauded by the European community, with Guido Sacconi, President of the European Commission on Climate Change saying the company was “on the right path.”

“We have been particularly satisfied with the actions it [Lamborghini] has taken thus far, because they illustrate this company’s desire to embrace a new industrial vision which combines competitiveness and performance with social responsibility,”  Sacconi said.

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 |  Apr 01 2009, 11:02 AM

Lamborghini Super Trofeo GTR @ Monza from Lamborghini München on Vimeo.

Ahead of the start of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo one-make racing series, we have this short bit of video made by the folks at Lamborghini Munich, who will be running a car in the series this year.

The Super Trofeo series is a one-make series for “gentlemen drivers” much like the Ferrari Challenge series. The cars are based o the Gallardo LP560-4 and make 570hp while weighing significantly less.

So sit back and enjoy this impressive machine as it takes on Monza.

The series will begin in May 2009 and will run (only in Europe for 2009) alongside other major motorsports series, such as DTM, FIA GT and the World Touring Car Championship.

 |  Feb 20 2009, 2:38 PM


Lamborghini has just announced dates for its 2009 Lamborghini Academy driving schools – sort of. The actual dates have not been made public (presumably to avoid flocks of car-horny young men from descending on the tracks).

The Lamborghini Academy is an on-track driving school, which teaches Lamborghini owners, as well as anyone with the funds and the testosterone, how to really drive a raging bull. The Track Academy course is an entry level experience aimed at improving driving skill while “exploring the full potential” of a Lamborghini. This course uses Lambo’s new LP560-4 and includes a ride-along instructor.

An Advanced Academy is also offered which pushes the driver and the car further, focusing on vehicle control and race track driving. This course also includes a professional in-vehicle telemetry system. The Advanced school makes use of the LP560 as well as its big brother, the LP640.


Both courses include classes on vehicle dynamics and track safety, as well as handling and performance exercises. Participants will learn to manage understeer and oversteer, practice maneuvers with and without ABS and stability control, and master “controlled drifting.” Special attention will also be paid to finding the correct racing line on a track.

All participants will receive an in-car video of the experience as well as a photo CD of the day.

The events will take place starting in the Spring and while we might normally bemoan the fact that the Academy is only held in Europe, we’re sure those able to afford it won’t mind the extra expense of getting over there. As for the cost, it is 3,900 Euro, or roughly $4,900 and includes accommodation.

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2010 Audi R8 V10 Revealed

525 Horsepower and 0-60 MPH in 3.9 seconds

 |  Jan 13 2009, 2:11 PM


Audi released all the information on the new V10-powered R8 months ago but until now they have never shown the vehicle – to the press or anyone else for that matter.

The 525-hp version of the R8 was the first of two world premieres at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The other debut was the Sportback Concept vehicle.

The V10 R8 uses the Lamborghini-sourced 5.2-liter V10 engine (the same one found in the LP560-4) to make 525hp at 8000 rpm and 391 ft-lbs of torque at 6500 rpm. This is enough to rocket the R8 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 196 mph.

Thanks to Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system, the R8 is capable of a lateral acceleration of 1.2 gs. Braking is also astounding thanks to eight-piston front brakes.

Audi R8 V10


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Lamborghini Announces One–Make Racing Series

Featuring LP560-based Super Trofeo racecars

 |  Dec 23 2008, 9:45 AM


Following in the footsteps of Ferrari and its Challenge series, Lamborghini has decided to form its own one-make series using the successor to the Gallardo, the LP560.

Called the Gallardo Super Trofeo, this complete racecar will make 570hp and weight
significantly less than the street-going machine
. Lamborghini will build just 30 of the spec cars and sell all but one of them to teams interested in competing. The final car will be a factory backed effort and Lamborghini plans to put different high-profile drivers behind the wheel during each race.

The series will begin in May 2009 and will run (only in Europe for 2009) alongside other major motorsports series, such as DTM, FIA GT and the World Touring Car Championship.