We’re known as champions of consumer advice here on Top Gear. No, really, we are. And we’ve got a little nugget for all you Americans that live in the United States of Americans.
Lamborghini has just announced the cost of competing in this year’s brand-new Super Trofeo race series in America, and it costs just $17,500 per driver.
For your money, you get 120 minutes of practice, a 40 minute qualifying session, and two 50-minute races, which is over four hours of track time per weekend. That’s $17,500 per driver, for 20 hours in a racing Lamborghini, versus quite a few thousand more hours if you bought the Cruze. But your hours in the Cruze won’t be filled with carbon fibre and oversteer and noise and horsepower and clapping fans and possible podiums. They will be filled with monotone, crushingly disappointing runs to the supermarket, with only the hammers-blow of regret that you didn’t buy a seat in a Gallardo, keeping you company. That’s a lot of time to be spent in angst.
The fee - $35k per car - includes the four-wheel-drive LP570-4, full service package, car transportation, a Pirelli tyre package, driver race suits, trackside hospitality and, erm, parking. Though if you’ve pilfered from the ‘sensible car fund’, you may only need a bus pass and a good excuse to your partner.
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… which is impressive and the first point of this post.
She also hosts tonight’s Brit List: 20 Sexiest Special airing tonight at 10/9c on BBC America which is second point of this post.
Dear fans of Top Gear.
If you’ve watched enough of our episodes, you should understand that there is a way to drive on a track, and a completely different way to drive on public roads.
If you have trouble understanding why, please take a moment to watch the above instructional video (jump to 0:40 for the lesson).
This is “the Lamborghini for everyday use, for the family,” we’re told. It is intended to be used as a daily driver, emit a lower CO2 figure than rivals, have space for four adults, for luggage and - shock! - for shopping. Thankfully, Lamborghini has tempered this utility by targeting a 600bhp power output and permanent four-wheel-drive with traction control. Best strap up those eggs, then.
The Urus also promises lightweight construction both inside and out, and will be “considerably lighter” than its competitors; the body will feature a height adjustable front spoiler that allows obstacle clearance, but also stability at high speed when lowered. There’s another adjustable spoiler at the back to better aid aerodynamics and handling, and you only need to look at the X6 and those of it’s ilk to know amazing feats of cornering are possible in an SUV.
Lambo may have stolen the Geneva Motor Show with this. It’s real, it’s a one-off and it is stunning:
It is, in Lambo’s own words, a “radically open automobile”, and they’re not wrong. The Lamborghini Aventador J - so named because of the FIA’s ‘Appendix J’ referencing the tech spec of race cars - dispenses with the roof and windscreen of the hypercar for a unique driving experience.
It’s based on the standard Aventador LP700-4, replete with that 6.5-litre 700bhp V12 and permanent four-wheel-drive. Top Gear’s Supercar of the Year, no less. But for the ‘J’, the carbon fibre monocoque was significantly altered to adjust for the lack of anything above the doors. It’s made of woven carbon fibres soaked with epoxy resin that apparently stabilises the structure but keeps the material soft - almost like a high-tech fabric.
There are two safety bars behind the seats, which themselves are made of forged composite with carbon fibre fabric inserts, and because the Lambo ‘J’ is sans roof, air conditioning and windscreen, it’s lighter than the 1,575kg Aventador coupe. So expect an improvement on the standard Aventador’s 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds.
Richard + Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV
Remember it? Of course you do. It’s the 6.5-litre, V12 powered 650bhp ode to everything that Lamborghini stands for. Carbon fibre excess? Check. Big, hugely intimidating and shouty body? Check. Raucous engine note capable of spontaneously combusting nearby wildlife? Check.
This particular one is being offered by Surrey-based SuperVettura car sales, and is reported as being car number 18; that’s 18 from a build run of just 20, remember, originally destined for “Lamborghini friends and collectors”.
The price? A bargain at just $1.3M.
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