The Super Trofeo Stradale has a power-to-weight ratio of 313kW/ton.
The Super Trofeo Stradale has a power-to-weight ratio of 313kW/ton.
The distinguishing feature of the Gallardo Super Trofeo racer is a huge, manually adjustable rear wing, carbon fibre of course, and that has been carried over unchanged to the Stradale.
The distinguishing feature of the Gallardo Super Trofeo racer is a huge, manually adjustable rear wing, carbon fibre of course, and that has been carried over unchanged to the Stradale.
Stephan Winkelmann calls this the most extreme Gallardo yet. No argument there.
Stephan Winkelmann calls this the most extreme Gallardo yet. No argument there.
The interior is also predominantly red and black, mostly alcantara and carbon fibre.
The interior is also predominantly red and black, mostly alcantara and carbon fibre.

It's worth remembering that Ferruchio Lamborghini learned engineering (and made a vast fortune) building combine harvesters, which imbued his company with a somewhat agricultural automotive philosophy: When in doubt, give it more power.

And that's just what his spiritual successor, Audi corporate warrior Stephan Winkelmann, has done for the 2011 Frankfurt motor show.

He's taken a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo, the racing version of the Gallardo that was developed for the Blancpain Trophy - the world's fastest single-make series - added a passenger seat and some alcantara trim, and called it a street car.

To be precise, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale - the most brutal Gallardo yet. Ferruchio would've loved it.

Its engine is the full-power racing version of the Lamborghini V10, delivering 419kW at a howling 8000rpm and 560Nm at 6500. It drives all four wheels through an uprated “e-gear” six-speed transmission with paddle shift, an electronically controlled system that shifts much faster than any human being could.

And for maximum acceleration from a standing start, the transmission can be set to the aptly-named 'Thrust Mode', which launches the car at 5000rpm and builds up the revs as hard as it can without stripping the tread off the tyres.

The suspension is also exactly as per the race car, with double aluminium wishbones all round, as is the rack-and-pinion steering, and the car runs on ultra-lightweight 19” alloy rims shod with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, held in place by titanium wheel bolts, reducing unsprung weight by 19kg compared to the standard Gallardo.

Braking is entrusted to 365mm front and 356mm rear discs, with eight-piston callipers in front and four-piston callipers at the back and if that's not enough, carbon-ceramic discs (380mm front, 356mm rear) are an option.

The distinguishing feature of the Gallardo Trofeo racer is a huge, manually adjustable rear wing (carbon fibre, of course) that produces three times the downforce of the standard, self-adjusting Gallardo wing and has been carried over unchanged to the Stradale.

Also straight off pit lane is the quick-detachable engine cover, also carbon fibre. Almost the entire car is made of either aluminium or superlight composite materials and it weighs just 1340kg (70kg lighter than an already stripped out Gallardo 560-4), giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 313kW/ton.

In the real world, that translates to 0-100 in 3.4 seconds, 0-200 in 13.8 and a top speed of 320km/h.

The standard colour of the Stradale is Italian racing red (why are we not surprised?) with matt black carbon-fibre finish on the front splitter, the air intakes, the rear spoiler and the engine cover.

The rocker panel covers, rear diffuser and mirror housings are also carbon fibre, but clear-coated to a high gloss, and behind the glossy black forged-alloy rims are Lamborghini's first red brake callipers.

If red clashes with the colour of your favourite driving gloves, however, the Stradale will also be available on request in metallic grey or pearl white, with or without a gloss black roof.

The interior is also predominantly red and black, mostly alcantara and carbon fibre. Red alcantara covers the lower dashboard and the centre panels of the seats; the rest of the soft trim is black alcantara with red top-stitching, as is the steering wheel.

The door panels, the monocoque racing seats and the centre console cover are carbon fibre and what little metal trim there is, is finished in dark chrome.

Also available on request are a carbon-fibre handbrake frame, centre console panel, steering wheel lower rim, instrument binnacles and door handles.

And if you ask for a glove compartment (it's an optional extra) you can also ask for a carbon-fibre handle for its door. Pretentious? No, Winkelmann calls it attention to detail.

Other options include a full roll-cage, four-point racing harnesses, built-in fire extinguisher, satnav, Bluetooth connectivity, an alarm/immobiliser, and a system that raises the front suspension so you can get over speed bumps without wrecking the front splitter.

Only 150 Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradales will be built; price, as they say, on application.