Lambo Roadster faster than a plane!

1 February, 2013 | by Top Gear

A group of Lamborghinis lined up on a runway in Miami

Lamborghini has just released some news that five of its Aventador Roadsters have clocked over 322km/h on a Miami runway, outgunning a jet aircraft.

Despite much heated debating here at the TopGear office, you have to admit that a Lamborghini outrunning a JET is pretty cool, right? The LP 700-4 Roadsters were given special authorisation from the US Federal Aviation Administration and Miami-Dade County to speed down a Miami International airport runway.

Now, the current passenger airliner takeoff speed on a runway is between 240Km/h to 290Km/h, so the recorded speed of 238Km/h means that throw in a bit of upwards aero, and the Aventador could get airborne. Gosh how we’d love to see that.

Of course, it will probably need a bit more thrust than that its 6.5-litre V12, but its 0-100km/h time of below three seconds and removable lid means at least some hairpieces will enter the earth’s upper atmosphere.

Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2

It’s all part of a massive celebration year for Lamborghini: the brand is 50 years old in 2013, and prior to the runway drive, Lamborghini held a 50-car parade down Miami’s South Beach. Another celebration was the unveiling of the new 2013/2014 Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2 car (the red one in the pictured above).

It’s been developed in collaboration with Reiter Engineering – those plucky chaps responsible for race-bred Lamborghinis.

The Italian manufacturer tells us the new GT3 FL2 has been developed for “long-distance performance” and includes ’24-hour’ brakes, improved engine cooling, lower fuel consumption, a new aero kit, a new front splitter and rear carbon diffuser, and a 25kg weight drop over the previous Gallardo GT3 car.

No doubt it’ll be a feisty little thing, because Reiter has form: since 2007 the team’s Lambo GT contenders have secured 199 victories and 350 podium positions. This new GT3 FL2 is the first time they’ve directly collaborated with Lamborghini too…

Anyone up for a race?


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