Monday, February 27, 2012

Lamborghini Gallardo, Police cars

In December 2004, two L140 Gallardos were donated to the Italian police in honour of the force's 152nd anniversary, one came from Automobili Lamborghini SpA while a second was donated by an independent organization.

The Gallardo Police Cars are used by the traffic police (Polizia Stradale) during emergencies and alarm situations on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway, also under the powers of the special safety operative which is already being employed along that tract of highway and, above all, for the transport of body organs destined for transplantation.

In October 2008, a private ceremony was held at the Viminale Palace where Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. donated the newest Gallardo, the LP560-4, to the head of the Italian State Police, Prefect Antonio Manganelli. The new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia will replace its predecessor to fulfill roles with the Lazio Highway Police Department.

Yellow L140 Gallardos have been "temporary" police cars for the Metropolitan Police in London, England, one in 2005 and one in 2006, for specific publicity events. The 2006 vehicle was seen at the start of the 2006 Gumball Rally. Both vehicles were lent by Lamborghini London and were fitted with yellow and blue battenburg markings, police logos and a small blue lightbar.

DP7 Racing entered two Gallardos in the 2009 Speed World Challenge GT Series. They were driven by Dan Pastorini and Chip Herr.

The Super Trofeo car was also used in the 18-race Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make racing series, with Swiss watch maker Blancpain as sponsor.

Reiter Engineering supported the Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Strata of White Hot Motor Sport who won the 2009-2010 Australian Targa Championship, including the famous closed public road rally Targa Tasmania, with driver Jason White and co-driver John White. White Hot Motorsport have previously won Targa Tasmania with an N1 version of the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II, before upgrading to various specifications of the Lamborghini Gallardo.

West Racing campaigned an LP560 GT in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series for certain races of the 2011 season. [44] However, as of July, 2011, the team announced that they were developing a new car and by implication would no longer race the LP560.


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