Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lamborghini Will Race at Le Mans When the Urus is Ubiquitous

By:  Michael Accardi
Lamborghini is potentially evaluating a full factory return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans within the next few years.
However, CEO Stefano Domenicali stresses the company isn’t in a hurry to jump from its current GT3 customer program into a full-blown factory-backed GTE team, where it would compete with the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin, BMWPorsche, Corvette and Ford.
It’s believed Lamborghini is considering a GTE version of the Huracan as a possible platform for entries in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
At the earliest, Lamborghini could join the IMSA paddock in 2019, before fielding a WEC team the following year; but nothing has been confirmed.
“We have to balance with the risk of doing something more versus the investment that is needed,” Domenicali said in an interview. “So for sure there are ideas to improve, but no rush because, honestly, we need to see where we are going.”
For Domenicali, launching Lamborghini’s new 650-horsepower Urus super-SUV is the top priority; only when and if Bologna’s third model is successful will the company start thinking about spending more money on motorsports.
“As you know, from Lamborghini’s perspective today, the biggest priority is to invest in the new Super SUV launch,” the CEO quipped. “This is for us our priority and therefore so far this is really the platform.
“For sure we want to invest in the platform of today [GT3] because it’s very strong and as you see the number of customers, the number of teams, that are part of our family is increasing. So this is very positive on us.”
“But to think of a first step [toward GTE] is too early to say.”

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