- The 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2, the Italian marque's new racecar developed with Reiter Engineering, has debuted with a $431,446 price tag.
- The Gallardo GT3 FL2 will be ready for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
- Deliveries of the Gallardo GT3 FL2 to teams in Europe and Asia will begin in March.
SANT'AGATA BOLOGNESE, Italy — The 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2, the Italian marque's new racecar developed with Reiter Engineering, has debuted with a $431,446 price tag.
The Gallardo GT3 FL2 will be ready for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the automaker said on Monday. The car's debut coincided with details on Lamborghini's new racing program, which initially focuses on GT3 racing in Europe and Asia. Expansion into the U.S. in 2014 was also mentioned, although no specifics of that venture were included.
The car features improved brakes and cooling, along with greater fuel economy. The car is based on the 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo. Modifications were made to accommodate long-distance endurance racing, along with body alterations that improve aerodynamics and reduce weight.
The partnership with Reiter, a developmental company with bases in Germany and Australia, is an intriguing one. Reiter bills itself as "the only manufacturer worldwide of racing and race-look-a-like Lamborghini vehicles."
However, this move represents a more overt involvement by the manufacturer in a racing program.
"We are delighted to announce a minimum five-year agreement with Reiter Engineering as our exclusive development and supply partner for Lamborghini GT3 cars, based on Reiter's strong engineering skills, passion for and understanding of the Lamborghini brand and, of course, obvious racing success," said Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, in a statement.
Deliveries of the Gallardo GT3 FL2 to teams in Europe and Asia will begin in March.
Lamborghini is expanding its R&D motorsports team, now labeled Lamborghini Squadra Corse. Specific missions include the new GT3 program, the Blancpain Super Trofeo series and a customer-driving program. No customer teams have been announced at this point.
Edmunds says: Reiter, while known for other ventures such as its version of the Chevrolet Camaro for road racing, has a sparkling pedigree with the exotic Lamborghini. On-track success will hardly be a surprise in this venture.