Some of the most exotic cars on the road are also mean machines on the track. Lamborghini has proved that since 2009 with the Lamborghini Super Trofeo. It’s a one-make racing series that includes North America, Europe and Asia and includes drivers from different categories namely Pro, Pro-Am, Am, and Lamborghini Cup.
The maiden of the race since 2018 has been the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO that has a V10 engine and puts out 620 horsepower. All teams use that and they’re supported by official Lamborghini Squadra Corse technicians.
Running for 12 years and with a mix of teams and personalities, here are five facts from the Lamborghini Super Trofeo racing series.
VIPs on the grid A number of faces from different disciplines have competed in the Super Trofeo series. Just in the 2019 World Final, motocross world champion Tony Cairoli was paired with five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro. Then there’s Chad Reed, a motocross and supercross star, and Andrea Dovizioso from MotoGP. F1 personalities also made their way into the race like Martin Brundle, Ivan Capelli, Nicola Larni, Andrea Montermini, and Alberto Cecotto.
A gracious format
The Lamborghini Super Trofeo series has a format that allows extensive sparring between young and more senior drivers on the grid.There’s a total of 260 minutes of track time divided into two free practice sessions, two qualifying sessions, and two races that are 50 minutes each. It allows younger drivers more time to observe the more experienced ones and gain experience. Since its inception, the total race time has been 309 hours, 40 minutes, and 53 seconds.
The next generation
In 2020 alone, 31 drivers made their professional debut in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo. For 2021, ten drivers under 21 will be on the grid yearning to be the next driver chosen for the Lamborghini Young Driver Program. Its success was first seen with Giacomo Altoè who was only 17 back in 2018, but was able to win Super Trofeo Europe, the World Final, and later on won the Italian Gran Turismo Championship behind a Huracán GT3.
The Lamborghini Super Trofeo has seen 955 drivers since its inception. These came from 66 different countries, with 525 of them taking part in the European Series. Of these, there were also 18 women including Pippa Mann who competed in Indy 500s and Katherin Legge who has competed in 24 Hours of Daytona.
Racing around the world
The racing series of the charging bull has been run on 47 circuits, including many iconic tracks. Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Imola, Le Castellet, Nürburgring, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, Suzuka, and Shanghai are just a few that have seen the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. With the way things are right now, it seems they’ll cover more ground in the years to come.