Reiter Engineering Unleashes Lamborghini’s Latest GT Racer
In case you still aren’t convinced that things are quite different over in Europe, consider their idea of grassroots racing. You’ll find very, very few stock cars or sprint cars over there, and you could probably count the number of short oval tracks on two hands. No, circuit racing on the Continent (and most of the U.K., for that matter) is all about racing on road courses with formula cars, touring cars and GT cars.
Of course, as with any form of racing, spending more gets you into faster and more prestigious classes. One of the most popular classes among gentleman racers and pros alike at the moment is GT3. While a bit of a step down from the hot dog GT2 machines that you’ll find in the American Le Mans Series and a few other global championships as far as outright performance is concerned, it’s a definite step up from these cars’ roadgoing counterparts’ abilities. Don’t believe us? Con your way into a drive of the new Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ and then get back to us. Once you get out of jail, we mean.
The Gallardo LP600+, you see, is an evolution of Reiter Engineering’s previous GT3 racer, the Gallardo LP560 GT3. (Reiter also built Lambo’s cosmically badass Murcielago GT1 race cars.) And just as that car was an improvement on the street Gallardo, the LP600+ is an improvement on the LP560 GT3. How much of an improvement? How does a 30hp bump for a total of 600hp sound? It also weighs in at a decidedly svelte 2,624 lb.
So what will it cost to grab one of these bulls by the horns and mix it up with the likes of the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and the Gallardo’s lederhosen-wearing kissing cousin Audi R8 in the Euro GT3 ranks? At current exchange rates the number is about $386,000, but that doesn’t include entry fees, tires, fuel, hospitality, catering, pit crew salaries and uniforms for the team umbrella girls to wear (Why is it that as the amount of garment goes down, the price goes up?). But you know what they say: If you want to make a small fortune in racing, start with a large one.