2008 LAMBORGHINI Gallardo GT3 Reiter EngineeringView vehicle description
The Gallardo (named as usual after a breed of fighting bull) was Lamborghini’s best-selling model with more than 14,000 built over 11 years of production, commencing in 2003.
It was the first “baby Lambo” to be powered by a V10 engine and was produced following a 15-year gap after its spiritual predecessor - the V8-engined Jalpa - was retired.
The first-generation cars - up until 2008 - had a 5.0-litre V10 delivering 500PS and 510Nm of torque. Several revisions and special editions brought small increases before the second-generation cars were given a new 5.2-litre V10 with 560PS and 540Nm of torque, rising to 570PS in the Performante Spyder.
Alongside road car production, Lamborghini contested the FIA GT3 Championship and Japanese Super GT, as well as the later one-make Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo.
Reiter Engineering built the GT3 cars for Lamborghini. The Gallardo's four-wheel drive system was removed, and other modifications were made to adapt the car for safety and race performance. A total of 49 Gallardo GT3s were built, and many are still active in competition around the world. As they comply with FIA GT3 regulations, the Gallardo GT3 is also able to race in many other national series.
The best finish for a Reiter Gallardo GT3 was a win in the 2009 Macau GT Cup, driven by Japan’s Keita Sawa of SPS Racing.
This Gallardo LP520 5.0-litre V10 was manufactured by Lamborghini at Sant'Agata Bolognese in 2007 before being sent to Reiter Engineering for conversion to GT3 race specification, ready for the 2008 season.
Each Gallardo GT3 is built with minor modifications to go along with the lower cost model of GT3 regulations. The Reiter body kit is therefore relatively simple with all the carbon fibre body elements, including the huge rear wing, being just bolted on. In terms of the mechanicals, they added Brembo disc brakes, adjustable dampers, OZ racing wheels and a free-flow exhaust. See “Underneath” section for more details of the car’s technical specifications.
This Gallardo GT3 was first owned by Tech 9 Motorsport, who previously had won the British GT Championship 3 years in a row running Porsche 996 GT3s. In 2008 they switched to the Lamborghini and competed in the FIA European GT3 and British GT3 Championships. However, they couldn’t match their earlier success with Porsche; only winning the second race of the latter series at Oulton Park. After a couple of outings for Tech 9 in early 2009, the next year or so of history is currently unknown.
We understand it was operated by Backdraft Motorsport on behalf of its owner and driver, Simon Atkinson, from at least 2011 onwards in a number of race series - see History Highlights for what we’ve pieced together. Other notable drivers have included Fiona James, founder of Walero Racewear and Joe Macari, the supercar dealer.
The current owner, boss of Dragon Performance in Devon, bought the car in 2016 with a view to either putting it on the road or using it for a record attempt. Instead he has kept it largely unmodified (updated front splitter aside) and had it wrapped for promotional use. It has not been raced since 2015.
On the Outside
Like most racing cars, the exterior aluminium and thermoplastic body of this Gallardo GT3 is in plain white with an exposed carbon fibre front splitter, bonnet and rear bumper/diffuser section. Also as required of a race car, there are hard points front and rear for towing, electrical cut out, fire extinguisher activation and a connector at the rear for the in-built air jacks deployed in a pit stop.
In late 2017, the car was wrapped in the stunning blue chrome vinyl that you now see. It was done as a promotional collaboration between the owners, Dragon Performance, and Wrap Capital. It was applied very well and still looks amazing over three years later.
The enormous rear wing has a skull motif pattern across it and there is a custom Dragon Performance branded aluminium rear panel fitted. Above the front splitter a similar Dragon motif panel has been given a carbon wrap to match the splitter.
There is a little damage on the car, the sill trim on the driver side has been repaired and the polycarbonate window on the other side is cracked, although still held in place with the retaining screws. The left rear light cluster also has a small crack in the lens.
The Gallardo sits on centre-lock 18-inch OZ Racing 15-spoke forged alloys, which are in a fair condition and fitted with 315/40 Nitto NT05R tyres at the rear and 285/30 Toyo Proxes at the front - all dating from 2011.
On the Inside
The interior of the car is trimmed with… nothing, it’s a racing car! The majority of what you see besides the necessary fittings and equipment is either the bare white metal of the body or the carbon fibre panels added either for strengthening or just decoration.
Pretty much the only elements of the donor car’s interior that remain are the dash top, centre console and steering column, although all but the air vents have been stripped out and replaced with more functional instruments and controls. Mounted in the binnacle is a 2D Big Dash data logger unit.
The steering wheel is a quick release race wheel with Hollinger paddle shifters and the comms and control buttons mounted for easy thumb operation. In the centre console are other suitably practical controls for engine start/stop, traction control and lights as well as fuel and electrical cut outs and for fire extinguisher activation.
The Reiter Engineering bucket seat (only one, there’s no accommodation for passengers) appears in good order (although possibly no longer race compliant) and is fitted with a Schroth six-point race harness (again, subject to inspection)
Around everything sits the safety roll cage, although it appears that one of the struts on the driver’s side has been cut out for easier access, presumably negating its race compliance but restorable.
Whilst fundamentally this is a 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo with the earlier 5.0-litre engine, there were numerous modifications and additions required to convert it to meet FIA GT3 specification, including the following.
Forged Arrow connecting rods
Capricorn coated bores
Lightweight valves with titanium retainers
Reiter engine ecu upgrade to 520PS
Primary designs equal length ceramic coated exhaust manifolds
Additional front radiator
Uprated 14 litre dry sump oil system
Transmission and drivetrain:-
Reiter Lightweight flywheel and clutch kit
Hollinger super-fast air operated gearbox
Auto blip clutch free up and down shifts
Rear wheel drive only
ABS and adjustable traction control
Limited slip differential
FIA GT3 safety roll cage
FEV plumbed in electronically operated extinguisher system
Carbon fibre FIA spec race seat
Schroth 6 point drivers harness
Fuel cooler with twin supply pump system
Reiter 110 litre fuel cell
Chassis and Handling:-
KW 4 way adjustable motorsport dampers
Blade adjustable front and rear Anti roll bars
2 piece floating brake discs front and rear
ATEC dry brake fuel couplings
OZ centre-lock lightweight magnesium wheels
Electric pump operated hydraulic steering system
Wider front track with Reiter bumper including front and rear arch vents
Wider rear track including flared rear arches
Carbon fibre one-piece rear bumper
Carbon fibre GT3 rear wing
Composite flat floor
Polycarbonate front windscreen and side windows
Krontec air jack quick lift system
Under the front bonnet panel, the aluminium space frame has been bent or dented on both sides, possibly from a frontal impact. We know that the car had a pretty serious shunt at Oschersleben in July 2008, but it was repaired sufficiently to race many times after that.
The car comes with a handful of paperwork including the original homologation test report for the roll cage from the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund (DMSB) - which is Germany’s motor sport federation. This is notwithstanding the section that has been removed since. There are also hand-written maintenance and race logs.
At some point in the past, the car is understood to have gone back to Reiter Engineering for around £80k worth of upgrades including a widened rear track.
In 2012, the engine was worked on and race-tuned by Backdraft Motorsport. Unexpectedly, there’s also an MOT certificate from September 2016 - odd given that it wasn’t road legal at the time - and a wheel alignment report from a similar period.
Also with the car are two further sets of wheels and a spare front bumper and splitter assembly, as those currently fitted to the car were upgraded to later versions.
In terms of the car’s race history and results, we have managed to piece together the following, but it may well not be exhaustive.
2008 British GT Championship:-
Oulton Park 20th & 1st
Knockhill DNF & 4th
Rockingham 10th & 21st
Snetterton 13th & 13th
Thruxton DNF & DNS
2008 European GT3 Championship:-
Silverstone 6th & 11th
Oschersleben DNS & DNS - crashed
Brno 30th & 25th
Nogaro DNS & 21st (Joe Macari driving)
Dubai 28th & DNS
2011 Britcar GT
2011 British GT Championship:-
Silverstone 1st in class
2011 GT Trophy
1 race - 4th
2011 Supercar Challenge:-
2011 24H Barcelona
2nd in class
2012 Supercar Challenge:-
10 races - 6th overall
2014 Supercar Challenge:-
4 races - 1 win
2015 Supercar Challenge:-
14 races - 1 win - 4th overall
The car was wrapped in late 2017 - you can see a video of the project by copying and pasting the following URL. https://youtu.be/cUSyBiXtly8
What We Think
Whilst you won’t be able to prowl the King’s Road in this Gallardo GT3, it is eminently suitable for track day use or as a promotional vehicle - which it has been for the last few years. We understand that the car is still in good mechanical condition and visually, the wrap is still in good order if the new owner wished to keep it.
Lamborghini Gallardo GT3s are still eligible for a number of race series including the GT Cup in the UK, although if it is up against later GT3 cars you’re unlikely to be challenging for a podium. In any case, we understand that the car’s FIA papers have expired and will need to be renewed once the car has been thoroughly inspected and all the safety equipment and fittings have been updated or checked for validity.
It is hard to put a precise value on a racing car like this as the customer base is understandably quite narrow but, with a premium over road-going Gallardo equivalents, we think it will sell for between £96,000 and £140,000.
Whatever your intended use for this race-winning car, it is one helluva toy and with only 49 ever built, there won’t be many opportunities to get your hands on one.
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