The Price Is $17,500, And Possibly Your Life

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

This weekend will mark the American debut of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, to be held in conjunction with the ALMS event at Lime Rock Park. The Gallardo LP570-4 spec racers are already running a couple of seconds faster than ALMS GTC. That’s fast.

To encourage gentleman drivers to participate in the new-to-the-States series, Lamborghini has a screaming deal available. But potential emptors should definitely caveat, because there’s some risk involved.

Full details of the Super Trofeo package can be found here, but the basics are:

  • $17,500 buy-in for half a car, or $35,000 for the full weekend
  • 120 minutes of practice
  • 40 minute qualifying
  • two 50 minute races

I cannot lie: I’m looking at my already-smoking Amex and wondering if I should try it. This is what we call “cheap” in the world of pay-driving. $17,500 will just about put you in a competitive Grand-Am Continental ST car, which will have half the horsepower and two-thirds the tire and also is not RACING A $300,000 LAMBORGHINI IN FRONT OF ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND EVERY WOMAN WHO EVER SAID SHE HAD TOO MUCH SELF-RESPECT TO KEEP BEING YOUR MISTRESS. It’s a no-brainer.

But.

Some bad things could happen. Let’s talk about damage deposit. I’ve had jokers send me contracts for their LeMons car that had $7500 damage clauses written into them. I’ve seen situations where the “pro” crashed a Conti ST car and the “spank” had to pay the full cost of the car… and it’s amazing how much a race-prepped BMW Z4 or Civic can cost. I can only imagine how much the damage waiver might be in Super Trofeo.

It’s also not quite as safe as playing World of Warcraft at home. The driver you see in the rather chilling photo above survived with minor burns, but last weekend a driver lost his life at the Circuit Paul Ricard race. Make no mistake. These are very big, very heavy, very fast cars that can hit things very hard and there are no guarantees whatsoever that you’ll live to tell the story at your country club the following weekend.

Still, what could possibly be better than racing a Lamborghini? I can’t think of anything, and as Han Solo once famously said, “I can imagine quite a bit”.

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  • Dimwit Dimwit on Jul 05, 2013

    Hey, racing is expensive! Pay up or get out. BTW, why are there no more LeMons updates? It was always fun to read them.

    • Erikstrawn Erikstrawn on Jul 05, 2013

      C&D is now a sponsor of the series and Judge Phil posts his updates there.

  • Juicy sushi Juicy sushi on Jul 06, 2013

    The Super Trofeo cars are just a BAD idea. Too many bad accidents with these cars lead one to conclude these cars are not up to snuff (pun intended) in terms of build quality. What's the comparable bill for Porsche Cup or Ferrari Challenge?

  • Jkross22 I know this is TTAC, but shouldn't the US government and the politicians we elect be more focused on more pressing issues? I'll just spitball a few, less politically charged ones for fun..... Why can't the FAA hold Boeing and the airlines accountable for flying planes with bolts that don't come undone and wings that don't fall apart? What about crime and homelessness and inflation and cost of secondary education at public colleges and trade schools? Yeah, yeah, we don't want the Chinese to run over domestic car makers. Go tell Ford and GM. They've contributed to the concern. Is Stellantis even considered domestic anymore? Aren't they French or Italian or Bolivian?
  • Analoggrotto Alan's dream vehicle in the Heavens of Oz where they blow kangaroos and dingos all day long while listening to Obama speeches on repeat.
  • MrIcky Worrying about mileage is for poors.
  • ToolGuy A 'true' Volvo (pre Ford Motor Company). I would buy this and drive it for 3 years until I can get one of them 'Chinese' EV things. But I'm offering $1,850 against your $3,700 because you couldn't be bothered to pull it outside for pictures. 😉 And I will stick close to home with this one -- no road trips.In related news (Relevant and Connected!!): My new dishwasher is Swedish -- little outfit called Frigidaire, you may have heard of them. (On order, should be here in March)
  • CKNSLS Sierra SLT Let me get this straight-It's OK for GM to make cars in China and ship them here-under a Buick name. But for the Chinese to directly do it is not OK.If the Big 3 had not a deserted sedans/low end of the market they wouldn't have anything to worry about.Yea...makes perfect sense.
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