Lamborghini boss hints at major WEC offensive but rules out LMP1 Prototype
Lamborghini will extend its racing activities to take on the Le Mans-winning Ford GT, but has ruled out an LMP1 programme, at least according to strong hints dropped by boss Stefano Domenicali to DRIVETRIBE at last week’s Aventador S launch.
Domenicali, who spent two decades in F1, including heading up Scuderia Ferrari, conceded that the Prancing Horse’s history of top-level motorsport lent it credibility that Lamborghini, whose cars were originally conceived as road cars, not race winners, didn’t have.
‘For now we’re concentrating on our GT3 activities, and our Trofeo one-make series,’ Domenicali told us at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit in a room hotter than an Aventador’s engine bay. ‘We may well move into GTE,’ he added, with the kind of wry smile that suggested he was picturing some secret test that had already taken place, ‘but we’re not going to do an LMP car. It’s not right for us.’
When, rather than if, Lamborghini goes ahead with an upgraded race programme, we'd expect both a LMGTE Pro-spec car for the World Endurance Championship (WEC), and a GT Le Mans-spec car for the American and Canadian IMSA series.
Might more racing also make up for the fact that running a car company, even a supercar company, doesn’t exactly quicken the pace like leading a team fighting for the F1 championship?
‘Not at all,’ laughed Domenicali, who resigned as Ferrari’s F1 boss in 2014 after a poor run of form. ‘As you get older, you change and you’re ready for new challenges.’