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

the price is 17 500 and possibly your life

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?

  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
  • Ronnie Schreiber Hydrocarbon based fuels have become unreliable? More expensive at the moment but I haven't seen any lines gathering around gas stations lately, have you? I'm old enough to remember actual gasoline shortages in 1973 and 1979 (of course, since then there have been many recoverable oil deposits discovered around the world plus the introduction of fracking). Consumers Power is still supplying me with natural gas. I recently went camping and had no problem buying propane.Texas had grid problems last winter because they replaced fossil fueled power plants with wind and solar, which didn't work in the cold weather. That's the definition of unreliable.I'm an "all of the above" guy when it comes to energy: fossil fuels, hydro, wind (where it makes sense), nuclear (including funding for fusion research), and possibly solar.Environmental activists, it seems to me, have no interest in energy diversity. Based on what's happened in Sri Lanka and the push against agriculture in Europe and Canada, I think it's safe to say that some folks want most of us to live like medieval peasants to save the planet for their own private jets.
  • Car65688392 thankyou for the information
  • Car65688392 Thankyou for your valuable information
  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.
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