The reputable Swiss watch maker that is known for their love to all things automotive and the Italian coachbuilder have jointly developed a 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition supercar. While on the photos above and below the vehicle looks just like another Gallardo with a fancy tuning package, it is in fact a lot more superior beast to a production model. Using invaluable experience that both companies have gained while participating a racing series sponsored by the watchmaking brand, they created a very interesting sports car that will easily fulfil your need for speed.
Although technically the limited edition car is based on the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera four-wheel drive supercar that was first unveiled in March, 2010, the “original” is itself a product of cooperation between the two companies that stay behind the Blancpain Super Trofeo single-marque racing series. According to the Italian brand, the LP570-4 Superlegerra’s chassis was tweaked based on the experience gained during the races.
To further enhance the vehicle’s performance, the Italian company also managed to significantly decrease its weight using an enormous quantity of carbon-fiber parts. While the original Superleggera (which means “Superlight” in Italian) weighs in at about 1520kg, the Blancpain Edition sheds another 180 kilos making the vehicle not only faster, but also more agile.
Tipping the scales at 1340 kg (2954 lbs) and allowing for a power to weight ratio of only 2.35 kg per hp, the Blancpain Edition successfully beats its archrival, the 2009 Ferrari 458 Italia that burdens each of its 560 horses with 2.46 kilos of dead weight.
The car also features a set of standard carbon-ceramic brakes that come as a $16,000 on the “normal” Superleggera.
On the visual side, the car has received new larger than life rear spoiler and a carbon fiber engine cover with ten trapezoidal air extractors somewhat reminding those we have recently seen on the 2012 Lamborghini Jota teaser images. Both elements were transplanted directly from the Super Trofeo supercars, so there is a good chance that they are not just for show, like most such works from the second-tier tuning studios.
The black and yellow color scheme seems to be inspired by that of the gorgeous Blancpain Speed Command Chronograph watch that was released back in 2008 and featured brushed stainless steel body with DLC coating, impressive black sapphire bezel and, of course, black carbon fiber dial with yellow accents.
Gone are Superleggera’s trademark black side stripes that are now replaced with a set of yellow-colored “JB 1735” logos. Those who own Blancpain’s watches are familiar with the sign that means that the legendary watch Manufacture (“Manufacture” in the watchmaking world means that the brand makes the watch and its movement completely in-house, without outsourcing a single piece of the, err, timepiece to a third-party manufacturer, even if it is located on the other side of the street, not to say in China) was established in the year of 1735 by Jehan-Jaques Blancpain.
The vehicle’s black and yellow color scheme is further supported with dark gray forged aluminum Skorpius wheels with yellow-painted brake calipers, as well as totally black Alcantara interior with contrasting yellow stitching and Blancpain logos on the dashboard and seats.
Still no info on the vehicle’s estimated price and availability.