This Gallardo Race Car Is Missing Lambo's V10

V10's are awesome so why on earth would a team decide to scrap it in favor of something else?

2y ago

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Quick, what are the two best things about the Lamborghini Gallardo? The Gallardo looks amazing, it manages to pull off unique without being stupid. You immediately recognize one the moment you see it. More importantly is the noise coming from the sublime 5.2 liter V10. Naturally if you were going to take one racing you would absolutely start with the V10 and go from there. Unless you're from Brazil, then you have a completely different approach and the end result is unlike any other Gallardo on the planet.

Mottin Racing is a race team that competes in Brazil's endurance racing series. Naturally they had the idea that a Lamborghini would be a great place to start for one of their racing machines. Unnatturally they decided to ditch the screaming V10 with something significantly less epic. Their engine of choice was a turbocharged Volkswagen four cylinder. Why? Well that is something of a moving target. All the furious googleing I could manage didn't net the answer I was looking for.

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Some have theorized that the Gallardo's V10 was earmarked for a prototype race car the team was working on. Though attempts to confirm this information were not successful. The likely reason for the engine swap is simple costs. The V10 for all its glory is an expensive engine to maintain, and costs increase significantly when you go endurance racing. The four cylinder engine, while not nearly as dramatic as the V10 is much cheaper to run and maintain. Making this the likely reason for the swap.

#motorsport #Lamborghini #Gallardo #V10 #Volkswagen #MottinRacing #ShiftingLanes

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Comments (9)

  • swap v10 for inline 4?

      2 years ago
  • The V10 engine was broke, then the team solved the problem using a turbocharged VW AP 2.0 16v, 400cv, there was no need to change the gearbox! The Brazilian ProTune ECU made the management. The GT1 class of Brazilian Endurance puts restrictor on the V10, so the performance with the I4 was great, with less weight. Nowadays, this Lambo is equiped with the V10 Lambo again.

      2 years ago
  • i personally think they did it to be in a different race class/group.

      2 years ago
    • They actually did it because the original V10 broke down, so they swiped it temporary for the Volkswagen AP engine, that are very cheap, common and easy to work with, there are some of them producing 500hp in road cars and in drag racing, a lot...

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        2 years ago
  • I'd like to see that I4's specifications. Most likely to be one of those 2.0L TFSI I4s with boost, these things can achieve 500 horsepower mark.

      2 years ago
    • Im from Brazil, most likely its an AP600 based engine. That engine is the go-to engine for tunning in Brazil. They are iron block8, 16, or 20v (with Audi heads). In drag racing, they achieve 1000+ hp, but you can see some 600-700hp daily driven...

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        2 years ago
    • I see. So that must be an attempt to squeeze the power of Lambo's V10 out of engine with a smaller size/weight/displacement.

        2 years ago
  • But all of the Gallardo is expensive to maintain. If cost is the issue, then why not leave the engine in the Audi TT or similar that it came from?

      2 years ago
    • The original V10 engine broke down, so the team changed it temporary with that Volkswagen engine, that are very common and cheap around here and beyond everything, this is the main engine in the Brazilian tuner scene because it is cheap and...

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        2 years ago
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