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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Here it is the first Lambo's car to rival Ferrari

The Lamborghini and Ferrari are certainly familiar brands in the world's automotive industry. Both are from the same country, namely Italy and the products produced are also similar, ie fancy speeding cars.

Initially there was only Ferrari which was an Italian automotive company founded by Enzo Anselmo Ferrari in 1929. Until in the year of 1964, when Ferruccio Lamborghini managed to launch his first car made known as Lamborghini 350 GT series. And since that day known as the beginning of rivalry between Lamborghini and Ferrari.
The Lamborghini and Ferrari both are Italian famous premium auto makers and also known as rival one each other in the world's automotive industry since the 1960s. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZSu44e)
As we all know, at beginning Ferruccio Lamborghini himself was a successful entrepreneur through his tractor maker company. In the time, he was getting richer and able to buy various types of classy speeding cars and one of them was the Ferrari 250 GTE which was used for fun only.
A disassembled Ferrari 250 GTE at the Lamborghini Museum (might be Ferruccio personal car owned relating to stories surrounding the founding of the Lamborghini car company back in the 1960s. It began when he complained to Enzo Ferrari regarding this car clutch.) (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZXxymm)
Once upon the time, Ferruccio brought his Ferrari 250 GTE back to its maker, Ferrari. He came with a complaint, that the car purchased should get a better transmission system.

But what he got precisely a kind of challenge because Enzo Ferrari said that he was just a tractor maker and didn't know anything about race cars. After that, Ferruccio Lamborghini took a decision to come into play in the race car market to rival those prancing horse logoed auto company.
Lamborghini 350 GT was the first Lamborghini production model and known also as the first rival for Ferrari's. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OKNqap)
And many consider it only as a form of channeling anger after feeling offended by Enzo Ferrari words to him. And sure enough, then he founded a car manufacturing company that was named Automobili Lamborghini based in Sant'Agata Bolognese in 1963.
Lamborghini 350 GT was debuted at the 1964 Geneva Auto Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OMHMEJ)
To answer the Ferrari's challenge and at the same time realize his ambition, and then he asked Giotto Bizzarrini (the person who designed most of the Ferrari engines at the time) to join his company. He also invited Giampaolo Dallara and Giampaolo Stanzani, two technicians who were considered has promising talents and test driver Bob Wallace.
1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV was a Lamborghini prototype and forerunner of its first production model named Lamborghini 350 GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GVIGsn)
Shortly after, in May 1963 Lamborghini successfully launched the its first concept car prototype and given a name the Lamborghini 350 GTV. The prototype used a Bizzarini's 3,500 cc V12 engine that produces 320 hp. And those all-aluminum alloy V12 engine mated to a 5-speed manual ZF transmission system. And the 350 GTV completed to build and debut on October 1963 in the Turin Auto Show.
Lamborghini 350 GTV was very sleek and streamlined, with a very low hood that incorporated one of the better pop-up headlight designs of all time. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZQ2Gnv)
Before that Dallara and Stanzani quickly realized that the 350 GTV was not properly designed for mass production. Then both working in parallel on two projects that would result in the production 350 GT. They made many revision on Bizzarini's engine and chassis for street use. And in March 1964, after 5 months after the debut of the GTV in Turin, the "redesigned GTV" now called Lamborghini 350 GT was debuted at the Geneva Auto Show.
Lamborghini 350 GTV used a Bizzarini's 3,500 cc V12 engine that produces 320 hp of power. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZQ2Gnv)
It was greeted with sufficient enthusiasm so that Ferruccio decided to proceed with production in May 1964. This first Lambo's 2-door coupé body manufactured by Milan's Carrozzeria Touring who used their patented 'Superleggera' method of construction to fix aluminium alloy panels directly to a tubular structure. This Lamborghini 350 GT car has a wheelbase measuring 2,550 mm with front and rear track axles measuring of 1,380 mm, 4,640 mm length, width 1,730 mm and 1,220 mm of high.
This car has many features such as an aluminum body design and some of the body panel even has steel, and already has applied independent four-wheel suspensions, differential salisbury as well as a vacuum servo that is assisted by a round disc brake girling. This car has an acceleration from 0 to 100 kph (60 mph) can be done in 6.8 seconds and even its maximum speed can reach 254 kph (158 mph).

At that time these Italian raging bull logoed auto company was only made those 350 GT as many as 120 units before replacing it with the Lamborghini 400 GT in 1966. And many 350 GTs were subsequently fit with the larger 4.0 litre engine used in the 400 GT.  *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA]
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