Reiter Engineering Replaces Lamborghini With … A Camaro?

Reiter Engineering is known across the globe for its Lamborghini-led racing presence, with victories spread across various years of FIA GT1 and GT3 racing, across various models of Lamborghinis. From the monstrous, wide-bodied Lamborghini Murcielago to the tame-looking, yet vicious Lamborghini Gallardo, Reiter Engineering has had success all over the sprint racing world. However, Reiter Engineering announced a few months ago that they would be replacing their Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ GT3 car with something you’d never expect - The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro.
Reiter Engineering owner Hans Reiter is the man behind the vision and decision of replacing the Lamborghini Gallardo with the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, stating - after seeing the 2010 Camaro during a visit to the United States, “The Camaro is a real men’s car, a muscle car, it is designed to be on a racetrack.” Those were the words that led to the start of developing the Chevrolet Camaro GT by SaReni United.
You’d never think a Camaro replacing a Lamborghini would make sense, but this is one of the few cases where it does makes sense - a lot of sense, especially when that Camaro is a 650 hp monster that weighs in at 2855 lbs and is even built by the same company that built the Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ GT3 - the car that it is replacing. The Reiter-owned, German company producing and designing the Camaro - SaReni United - utilizes an American-made, 650 hp, 590 ft-lbs torque, 7.9 Liter, All-American, V8 engine developed by American engine provider Katech, the same company that has been producing race engines for countless race-winning Corvette C6.R’s and Cadillac CTS-V’s whose victories span across various events from sprint to endurance races all over the globe.

With a Holinger six-speed paddle-shift manual transmission that weighs a mere 82 lbs, along with a custom roll cage, and custom Reiter suspension, the Camaro GT weighs in at a whopping 1000 lbs less than the stock, factory Camaro, and with numerous aerodynamic modifications like an aggressive front splitter, a revised front end, a huge rear diffuser, and a wing that towers above it all, the Camaro GT not only results in intimidating performance numbers, but also in looks that kill.

The SaReni United Chevrolet Camaro GT is currently being prepared by German-based YACO Racing, who intend to commission it for race duty in various GT3 events in the coming year including the ADAC GT Masters series, and the prestigious FIA GT3 European Championship. The Camaro GT is quite the engineering marvel, and with lap times similar to the car its replacing - the Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ GT3, one begins to wonder, what exactly will happen to that ol’ Lamborghini Gallardo?
Reiter Engineering states that due to the Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ proving to be a safe and reliable racer with numerous wins in various sprint-race series like the ADAC GT Masters, Brazil GT3, Asia GT3, and Spanish GT Championships, Reiter now wants to reassign the LP600+ for a different kind of track duty - endurance racing.
With improvements such as high performance AP Racing brakes for greater stopping power, adjusted suspension with softer springs and less camber for decreased tire wear for long distances and increased grip, a significantly lighter 2012 Holinger gearbox made of less parts and the ability to shift more precisely, along with aerodynamic improvements like a larger splitter and double dive plates at the front bumper for added downforce, the new and improved Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ GT3 is armed to the teeth for racing. The LP600+’s engine output remains the same at 592, which is over 20 hp more than the already gargantuan 570 hp the stock Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera puts out, due to a significant tune by Reiter Engineering, thus making it a worthy contender in the world of endurance racing for 2012.
Testing for the LP600+ GT3 has already taken place this past January and February in the 24 Hours of Dubai, the Gulf 12 Hours at Abu Dhabi, Valencia, and the GT Open Test at Paul Ricard HTTT circuit in France. The Camaro GT has also been tested, and both the Gallardo LP600+ and the Camaro GT have shown positive results. The Camaro may be replacing the Lamborghini in the shorter races, but Reiter Engineering had bigger plans for the Gallardo all along, and those plans are beginning to show. Don’t send a Camaro to do a Lamborghini’s job.
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