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I have more pics from this test session at Monza back in March but I am tired. I will post more tomorrow.

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is it just the pics or does the paint on that car have a matte finish?

unpainted carbon fiber body.

Chuck,

I would assume this car will continue to race.

Here is a web site of one of the teams (with pics and videos)...

http://www.amprexmotorsport.com/


I might have to sell the Enzo and buy two of these. :D It looks like they are priced at or around 600K.


Here is a blurb I found on the car...

LAMBORGHINI MURCIÉLAGO R-GT

The Murciélago R-GT is the ultimate Lamborghini, the racing derivative of the Italian marque’s top-of-the-range super sports car. Low-slung, broad-shouldered and unmistakably muscular, the Murciélago is recognizably the successor to the Diablo, which took its styling cues from the fabulous-looking Countach.

First shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2003, the R-GT was jointly developed by German race specialists Reiter Engineering and Audi Sport, the successful motorsport division of Lamborghini’s parent company, Audi.

The R-GT was designed to be a relatively affordable sports racing car for customer teams. It is built to two slightly differing specifications, one to meet the technical regulations of the FIA GT Championship, the other to meet the ACO regulations governing the annual Le Mans 24 Hours race and the nine-round American Le Mans Series. For the latter, the Lamborghini has to run with a more severe air restrictor, depriving the 6-liter V12 of another 30 horsepower.

The Murciélago R-GT made its first public track appearance in the FIA GT race meetings at Estoril, Portugal, and Monza, Italy, in October 2003, but did not start a race until the FIA GT round at Valencia, Spain, in April 2004. There it finished third, the best result to date for a Lamborghini in an international-status motor race. This statistic is proof that the Lamborghini marque has established itself as fast and glamorous almost entirely through the virtues of its road cars; only in recent years has Lamborghini entered motor racing.

The Murciélago R-GT made its US debut with Krohn-Barbour Racing in round two of the 2004 American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ohio, in June. Driven by David Brabham and Peter Kox, the Lamborghini fought for a top-three result all the way to the finish line, just missing out on third place, after two hours and 45 minutes of racing, by seven-tenths of a second.

Being such a new racing car, with significant development potential, the Murciélago R-GT is expected to improve its performances as the 2004 ALMS season progresses.

here is a link to some pics like the one below...

http://www.krohn-barbourracing.com/photogal/races.php

http://www.kldconcept.com/murci_r-gt.htm

[image]http://www.krohn-barbourracing.com/images/gallery/petitlemans/large/_B5K9799.jpg[/image]
 

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"relatively affordable?" Relative to what, F1? I appreciate the commentary but that statement made me laugh.


It's too bad there are not CC's racing in ALMS. (DC, get off your butt and homologate these cars would ya) Lets see...150K for a CC or 600K for a lambo.

I was looking at the ALMS web site and I see there are still Viper GTS-R's in the mix though.

Chuck, you know the cost of other cars in the same class compared to this Lambo?
 

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This was the only GTS-R that ran at Mid Ohio a few weeks ago. I talked to one of the crew members and he told me that with the air restriction the FIA has on the Viper the car is making some where around 650 hp IIRC. Weren't the Oreca cars making 800ish without the restrictors?
 

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Here is what the air restrictors look like. I can not understand why the FIA has given the Carsport America team a disadvantage when they are relatively small compared to the Vette team. I also found out the owner purchased all of the carbon fiber molds from Oreca.
 

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That is team Carsport America. The driver is Jean-Philippe Belloc. A French guy. He won the 01 FIA GT championship and a former factory supported ORECA Viper team driver.

You would think they would let them race with more HP considering there record for 04. No wins, 1 top 3,8 top 5 and 8 top 10 finishes.

The ALMS site has lots of info if anyone wants more reading up on these cars...

http://www.americanlemans.com/home/index.aspx
 

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I had him sign my V-10 nats shirt from the 03 Bowling Green race. He kinda gave my shirt a double take when I walked up to the table :rofl:
 

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The GTS-R's never made 800ish in GT2/GTS race trim, they were always restricted to 650ish I believe. Unrestricted I seem to recall hearing they made upwards of 800.
 

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I have met the marketing director of the krohn team. They are not goign to race the Lambo's this year because of lack of support from the factory.

However, they ran at Ferrari Days in Baton Rouge back in October....those thing sound awesome!!!

Oh yeah, they are forsale too!!
 

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Chip said:
I have met the marketing director of the krohn team. They are not goign to race the Lambo's this year because of lack of support from the factory.
What does lack of support actually mean?

What were they expecting from Audi/Lamborghini that they didnt see? Cash?
 

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Most likely lack of support means a team can't afford or doesn't have the talent to go it alone/be competitive imo.

I am actually surprised that Lambo would even build a car for the track since the companies conception is derived from it's founder not liking Ferrari being so focused on racing vs. its road cars.

Many of the Ferrari GT teams had little to no support yet they did well before Ferrari stepped up.

The Reiter Engineering Lambo is still operating and doing well.

[image]http://www.reiter-engineering.com/gal2005_monzatest/gal2005_monzatest_03_01.jpg[/image]



Here is their website...

http://www.reiter-engineering.com/index.html
 
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