Early September 2011, car enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world are getting ready to enter Germany for the bi-annual IAA in Frankfurt, one of the most important Auto Show in Europe, if not the world ... and a place where Lamborghini has unveiled cars like the Murciélago back in 2001, the Reventon in 2007, the Reventon Roadster in 2009 … and they would be unveiling a brand new super sports car at the 2011 edition.
Now I must admit that some were a bit disappointed with the IAA 2011 unveil, they were expecting something spectacular like a Sesto Elemento road version, or a Gallardo successor that has been in the rumor mill for so long … but it turned out to be another special, limited edition version of the Gallardo LP series we already know for some years now.
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale is a street legal version of the well-known Super Trofeo race car, with a limited production run on only 150 units this new version will probably be the swansong of the Gallardo series. Based on the already radical LP570-4 Superleggera this new edition adds some more race inspired equipment to the equation.
Take a look at that amazing rear wing, an exact replica of the one use on the race track, and note the magnificent looking engine cover, complete with quick release clamps and ten awesome looking air outlets … all these make the impression of a race car complete, but Automobili Lamborghini SpA takes this Italian racing one step further.
Remember ‘Racing Green' on the classic Bentley race cars, a special shade of blue would be used on classic race cars from France while white and silver would most often be seen on German racing machines … or the white cars with blue stripes … ring a bell ? That's right, Ford GT cars driven by masters from the United States … which shade haven't we seen yet … Red !
Red has been for years the color used on Italian race cars, from Alfa Romeo over Ferrari … and now on the latest and bravest Lamborghini model … Rosso Mars to be exact, a slightly darker shade of red adorns this limited edition while the glossy black roof is an option … but one I would tick on the order, it looks so nice. Just in case you don't like this particular shade of red, the Super Trofeo Stradale is also available in Bianco Monocerus (plain white) and the well-known Grigio Telesto, the later was also used on the Murciélago Super Veloce China Edition by the way.
And now Looksmart has released this amazing looking new Raging Bull in 1/43 scale, and as usual they did an amazing job in the details of this rather small scale collector's item. The decals are all there, on the rear wing, on the front intake and if you look very close … even on the dashboard.
Inside we see the correct combination of red and black, with special sports seats holding four-point harness seat belts … the latter being finished in red naturally just like several parts on the interior. If it isn't covered in red or black than it is covered in carbon fiber anyway, all those details that make the Super Trofeo Stradale such a special car can be found in this small scale car, a magnificent model from Looksmart.
I know Looksmar t isn't the cheapest out there, and I have been doubting to buy this one for a while now, priced around €125 most of the time with additional shipping was just a bit too steep for me to be honest. I'm a 1/18 scale collector, I really like the larger models … although they do take up a lot of space, for each 1/18 model I can easily put two to three 1/43 on the same spot, but still I prefer the larger ones …
The problem is that most of the new Lamborghini models are first available in 1/43 scale from either MR or Looksmart (which is in fact the same builder I was told) and only months later … or sometimes even years later, will someone make a large 1/18 scale model of it … which always puts me in a hot spot … should I buy the 1/43 model or wait for the 1/18 to be released.
Now in this case I just know the 1/18 model will take a lot of time to be available, if ever, so in this case I usually go for the Looksmart model anyway … took me a while to find it for a decent price but I managed to get hold of one for €110, shipping included as I ordered some other models from the same shop at the time … so I got free shipping in the end and an amazing looking model.
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