He was placed among the impressive number of legends regarding the world’s most renowned sports car brand. Valentino Balboni is one of the best test drivers Lamborghini ever had. To his memory in 2010 Lamborghini has launched a model that carries his name: the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni.
The latest model in the Gallardo line, which is the most successful line of all time with over 9000 various Gallardo cars sold, comes to play with not only its outstanding design and exclusive features, but also a new integrated technology. The 550 stands for the total amount of power developed in hp and the 2 resembles the 2 rear wheel drive.
For over 4 decades, Balboni has left his mark on the supercars sporting the bull sign. With extremely refined tuning and thousands of tests, he has helped develop, design and test all the great cars Lamborghini has placed on the market over the years, starting with the ’60 marvel: Lamborghini Miura and up to the present models of Gallardo and Murcielago. He was hired in ’67 by the founder himself. From back then Valentino had a 6th sense about cars, being able to truly feel the power surge from the engine all the way to the wheels.
Currently retired, Balboni still travels all around the world and is widely known as one of the main Lamborghini Ambassadors. The exclusivity of the Gallardo 550-2 Valentino Balboni is secured by the limit set by Lamborghini of only 250 units .
2010 Lamborghini Gallardo
The car that carries his name pays one big homage, fulfilling each customer’s request bringing an unique design that makes high speed driving simply…fun. It is the only Lamborghini model that has only rear wheel drive. This kind of drive has a certain appeal to some sports car drivers who know and favor one driving style in particular. Because of the ravenous V10 engine, the controlled oversteering doesn’t pose any problems, especially since the parameters can actually be set by the driver. Refined road performance and completely synched car assistance make the Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni one truly safe sports car.
The upgrades and modifications have been made to the Gallardo’s very core. The 5.2 liter V10 engine, gives it unstoppable pulling power and a simple yet complicated pleasure in hearing the engine revving. The power of the Lamborghini is literally exhumed through its very body and wheels. Because of the incredible light weight of only 1380 kg compared to the massive engine that powers it, the Gallardo LP-2 is literally shot forward form 0 to 60 mph in under 3.9 seconds and taking it up to a top speed of 320 km/h. you won’t even have time to draw a second breath and you’re riding at blistering speed unable to see, hear, or feel anything but the car.
The Gallardo Valentino Balboni is not only amazing because of its technology, the design and innumerable features take point in assuring its exclusive status as well. The classic sports car look is emphasized by a gold and white colored strip that begins at the front panel and goes all the way back to the rear spoiler, paying homage to all the great sports cars of the ‘70s.
The same color combination is applied to the interior making it chromatically pleasant and electric in the same time, with the exception of the upholstery which is black.
The seats, on the other hand, are painted in white. The entire console is also covered in polar white leaving the impression of power and purity.
You might also want to read: