Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT
2003 marked the long-awaited return of Lamborghini to professional sports car racing, when they unveiled the Murcielago R-GT, a new race car derived from its acclaimed super sports car, the Lamborghini Murcielago.
In it’s over fifty year history Lamborghini has only rarely been tempted to enter motorsport, and often with little to no success when it did. But due to a increasing customer demand for a high specification race car, and AUDI taken over the “House of the Raging Bull”, the Murcielago R-GT was developed jointly with renowned race engineering company Reiter Engineering in Germany and parent company Audi’s sport division Audi Sport. This to ensure not another failure development….
The Murcielago R-GT was quite different from it’s road car equivalent. It was build to comply with GTS/ GT1 class rules from the FIA and ACO, organizer’s from FIA GT series, American and European Le Mans series and of course the 24 hour race of Le Mans. For this, the permanent 4WD had to be converted to a RWD. They did leave the position of the gearbox original, being in front of the engine, but it was swapped to a Hollinger sequential version. The V12 engine displacement had in turn be decreased to just under 6 litres, and actually has similar bore and stroke as the Diablo engine. Further enhancements include the installation of a full carbon composite body, and other aerodynamic aids such as a rather big wing. Of course a full race suspension and electronics were mounted, as well as race upgrade of the brakes. Weight of the car is as per class regulation, 1100 kg.
This specific car, with chassis-id no. LB01-009 (ZA9BC10E04LA01061), is build by Reiter Engineering at the end of 2004 to GT1/ GTS specifications valid at that time. This in commission for Team JLOC in Japan, the Japanese Lamborghini Owners Club. It has been used from 2005 onwards in SUPER GT championship, and in 2009 in the Asian Le Mans Series. This was one of the first successful attempts to introduce the Le Mans Series to Asia, and giving the class winners a official invitation to the 24 hour race of Le Mans. Team JLOC entered with 2 cars to try and win the championship, and the entitled Le Mans entry... THEY ACCLOMPISHED IT WITH THIS CAR! It brought them to the start grid at Le Mans in 2010, where they unfortunately competed with a Europe based team and car. After it’s racing career, the car had been used on public roads in Japan, giving it’s owners a special thrill…
The Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT was maybe not known to the general public for it’s high performance, but more then any other by it’s amazing SOUND! The 6 liter V12 makes a ear deafening “opera”, and spitting out hugh flames at the back upon downshifts. It will track immediate attention at any outing it will make….
The car is in running condition, and has been put back in it’s championship winning livery of the 2009 Asian Le Mans Series. The car is for sale, please contact us for more information and pricing.Back