Engineering has recently been testing a totally-revised
version of the Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT sports car at the
Salzburgring, which is set to be unleashed on the tracks in
2007, as this dramatic V12-engined racer goes hunting
success at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Murciélago R-GT, has been developed from the outset,
with factory input, by German preparation outfit Reiter
Engineering. The racing car looks fearsome, but it has often
struggled to deliver on its initial promise during its two
and a half year long competitive track career. However this
year it finally won a race when Marco Apicella and Yasutaka
Hinoi raced the Team JLOC (Japanese Lamborghini Owners'
Club) entry to a comfortable GT300 class victory in the
Japanese Super GT series season opener at Suzuka back in
March. This car then went on to claim a first-ever pole
position for the Murciélago R-GT during round 5 of the same
series. Meanwhile in the 2006 FIA GT Championship, while the
All-Ink team’s Murciélago R-GT claimed several top-ten
finishes before posting a fastest practice session time at
the Adria Raceway. Hans Reiter, boss of his eponymous
company, now wants to build on this promise and the great
amount of development that has already gone into this car.
The new version of the Murciélago R-GT, known as the
"Le Mans Edition" pumps 520bhp from its V12
powerplant and has totally revised aerodynamics.
Reiter Engineering have recently been testing the a
totally-revised version of the Lamborghini
Murciélago R-GT sports car at the Salzburgring which
is set to be unleashed in 2007 as this dramatic
V12-engined racer goes hunting outright race wins.
Recently at the Salzburgring track, a long-favoured testing
ground for the Reiter Engineering concern, a
2007-specification dark-grey Murciélago R-GT hit the track
as the team gear up to tackle the prestigious Le Mans 24
Hours next year, and in doing so thrust the "Raging Bull"
name firmly into the most fierce arena of long-distance
international sports car competition. The 4.2-km Austria
track, east of Salzburg, lies in a narrow Alpine valley and
despite its simple layout it is blisteringly fast with
several very demanding turns.
The new car, known as the "Le Mans Edition" pumps 520bhp out
of its V12 powerplant and has totally revised aerodynamics.
The front spoiler section has been heavily modified compared
to the original R-GT which had a nose that drew in style on
the production model. Low-level spotlights are fitted for
the first time, positioned either side of the large
honeycombed air intake. Other changes include a modified
rear wing which offers less drag than the earlier one,
closed air intakes in front of the rear wheels, closed air
outlets in the side skirts, fixed 'shoulder' air intakes and
a ground clearance of between 8 and 4 cm: this car is
extremely low. At the beginning of the testing session the
Reiter mechanics parked the new version next to one of the
original 2004 machines, still in its orange 'Scream R-GT'
livery and it was clearly noticeable just how low the new
2007 edition R-GT sits on the tarmac.
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