In endeavoring to delight motorsports enthusiasts everywhere (just listen to that exhaust and engine note), Lamborghini is stepping into the realm of GT racing by unveiling the completely race-ready Huracán GT3. The car will enter the Blancpain Endurance Series in Europe this season, joining its bigger-brother — the Lamborghini LP 620-2 Super Trofeo.
“Lamborghini is thus for the first time directly involved in GT motorsport activities with the in-house development of this new model,” Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann told the press. “We are proud and delighted to announce the new partnership with PERTAMINA, which will further support our motorsport activities.”
For those wondering about the latter part of Winkelman’s statement, we should note that Pertamina is an Indonesian oil and energy company that will back the Italian supercar maker as its official technical partner. Now, on to more entertaining details.
Preliminary measurements place the Lamborghini Huracán GT3’s weight at 2,700 pounds (1,225 kilos) distributed 42-58 percent front-rear, with a final race-ready weight figure slated to be determined under balance of performance rules by the FIA.
The entire exterior is made of composite materials, with aerodynamic properties provided courtesy of Dallara Engineering. Upgraded cooling, improved race-specific safety measures, and huge six-pot front and four-pot rear brakes are among the other GT3-specific upgrades, as is an FIA roll cage integrated into the aluminum-carbon chassis. The legitimate GT-ready track car has a starting price of €369,000 (roughly $414,000 USD, using the conversion rate at the time of this writing).
The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will make stops in Monza, Silverstone, Paul Ricard, Spa-Francorchamps, and the Nürburgring as part of the 2015 Blancpain Endurance series calendar, in which it will face off against fellow VW group brand Bentley, which has partnered with Team M-Sport.