Weather was great with temps in the mid 60′s with a DA of almost even. We arrived a little late and with some of the track prep gone, the R888′s we spinning just a bit with the 5,200 RPM launch control setting. After the track was re-prepped, we lined up to make the first pass out to see if we could get a pass with no wheel spin. While the car dead hooked with no spinning, the LP570′s naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 rated at 570HP and 397 ft-lbs of torque just didn’t have enough torque down low to pull through first gear resulting in a slight bog and drop in RPM at launch. We ended up making 3 passes all in the 11.2x range with the best being 11.205 @ 126.52 MPH.
Some other stats from the VBOX were 0-60 MPH in 3.2 seconds and 0-100 MPH in 6.9 seconds. Weight came in at 3,348 pounds with 1/4 tank of fuel. Lamborghini states the car weighs in at 2,950 pounds dry, after subtracting 35 pounds or so for the 1/4 tank of fuel, we’re not sure where the extra 360 pounds comes from.
We used our new GoPro setup with external microphone to record the dash along with the awesome exhaust sound from the Super Trofeo Stradale’s launch control, take a look at the video below:
We have the United States pricing and options list for the all new McLaren 650S which starts at $265,500 before adding any options. This new base MSRP includes the previously optional $14k carbon ceramic brakes which brings the 650S to a $22,000 price increase of the McLaren MP4-12C.
Some new options for the 650S that were not available on the MP4-12C are carbon racing seats, rear view camera and extended carbon fiber interior.
In this article we’re going to detail the parts and methods we used to get some great exhaust sound clips from the 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale we’ve been testing. We used a GoPro HERO3 action camera with an external stereo microphone placed strategically between the two exhaust exits of the Lamborghini.
Since we need to connect an external microphone to the GoPro, you’ll need the Skeleton case since it has cut outs for the ports. Put the GoPro in the skeleton case, mount the case to the suction cup mount and plug in the 3.5mm microphone adapter. Next connect the microphone extension cable to the adapter and then plug in the Olympus microphone to the other side of the extension cable. Now secure the microphone to the other GoPro suction cup mount using tape or a strong clip. Finally pull the microphone windscreen over the microphone. Since the microphone is mounted on a fast moving car with lots of wind, the windscreen is essential to minimizing the amount of wind buffeting in the video.
The assembled setup should look something like this:
Next we mounted the GoPro to the top middle of the Super Trofeo Stradale’s large rear wing, this allowed us to have a great view of the Lamborghini with plenty of microphone cable to mount the microphone between the exhaust exits. Depending on the car your recording you might want to experiment with different microphone placements for the best combination of sound with the least amount of wind buffeting. While the windscreen certainly helps, it will not totally eliminate the buffeting so microphone placement is key in getting the best possible sound.
GoPro and external microphone mounted on the Super Trofeo Stradale:
Video of the Super Trofeo Stradale’s exhaust through a few gears:
We’ve run our first set of tests with a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale, also know for short as the STS. The Super Trofeo Stradale is Lamborghini’s all out race car for the street modeled after the real Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, the automaker’s exclusive annual racing series. The STS is the lightest Gallardo available with a host of carbon fiber parts including a large adjustable rear wing and carbon fiber engine compartment lid, which is easily removable and held in place by a quick-release system pulled from the race car. The STS is powered by a 5.2L V10 with a rated output of 570 horsepower.
Our car is equipped with the 6 speed e-gear transmission with, multi-media system (the car doesn’t normally come with a stereo), black carbon interior, top in black and is painted in a striking Rosso Mars with matt black accents and plenty of carbon fiber exterior pieces. For some more pictures, visit the gallery of STS images we posted last week.
Our first stop was a visit with Jack over at HP Logic in Royal Palm Beach for a quick set of baseline dyno runs. Once strapped down to the Mustang AWD dyno we made two pulls where the STS put down 509 horsepower and 361 ft-lbs of torque to all 4 wheels with back to back pulls. Using a 15% drive line loss, that puts this all out racing Lambo at 598 horsepower at the crank, a bit more than the 570 horsepower number that Lamborghini specifies.
After leaving HP Logic we headed up to Palm Beach International Raceway to attend their Friday night test and tune. With the weather being decent at 65 degrees the track was packed and constant delays from cars breaking down limited the amount of time we had to test out the STS. On the first pass we engaged Launch Control AKA Thrust Mode by putting the STS in Corsa mode with ESC (traction control) completely off. With the left foot on the brake and the right foot all the way down on the throttle the STS held 5,000 RPM for the launch. Releasing the brake resulted in quite a bit of spin which caused the car to lay down a little from the start with the car running a 11.3 @ 125 MPH. On our next run the track prep had deteriorated some and the STS spun even more from the aggressive launch and we had to abort the run. The factory provided Pirelli PZero tires just couldn’t hook up with the 5,000 RPM the car is programmed to launch at. Our next two passes were made with no launch control and the car ran 11.3-11.4 @ 126 MPH. We’re pretty sure this is the quickest real world stock Lamborghini Gallardo pass at a real drag strip to date.
VBOX data showed 0-60 MPH in 3.3 – 3.4 seconds on passes with and without launch control with 0-100 MPH in 7.2 seconds. Our best 60-130 run was done outside the track with 2 shifts with a best time of 7.69 seconds.
In the next few weeks we plan on putting some better tires on the car, Toyo R888′s and giving the STS another try, if the new tires hook better as we think they will, we’ll be looking at some 1.7x 60′ times and very low 11 second passes and possible a 10.9x if the weather is perfect. We might even try some passes with the large wing removed to see how the effects the car down the 1/4 mile.
It just so happens there was a brand new Porsche 991 Turbo at the track, so we lined them up for a few heads up passes. Keep in mind this was our first pass ever with the STS and we need some time to get the light timing right with the launches. Take a look at the dyno results, timeslips, pictures and videos below and check back soon for some more Super Trofeo Stradale data. Special thanks to ToTheFloor for the video footage at PBIR and Jack over at HPLogic for the dyno session!