Video: Lamborghini Diablo GTR one-make racing is a V12 symphony

18th March 2024
Ethan Jupp

There are some properly cool one-make series out there. The BMW M1 Procar Championship and Jaguar Intercontinental Challenge are sainted among enthusiasts but some do go very much under-appreciated. Today, we’re putting the spotlight on the Lamborghini GTR Supertrophy, a series for a grid full of howling V12-engined Diablo GTRs which as you’d expect, generates an almighty magnificent racket.

The Diablo of course wasn’t the most sophisticated of cars and while the GTR added a bit of downforce, camber and platform stiffness, 590PS (434kW) from a 6.0-litre V12 still made for an exciting/terrifying race experience. Especially when it’s a grid of identical machinery battling it out. This clip is from Valencia, the final round of the 2001 running, featuring none other than motorbike racing legend Troy Corser, who made a real impression as a factory driver in the series. The cars prove to be tricky, with several offs, spins, slides and lock-ups.

Mostly though, this is just spectacular to watch and more importantly, listen to. The sound of a V12 running in anger during an actual race is something we all crave. We look forward to 2025 and the Valkyrie’s journey in IMSA and the WEC.

A side note. Because this is a clip ripped straight from the TV at the time, we get some delightfully retro adverts between bouts of racing. How does the ‘new’ Acura MDX and Cast Away on VHS sound?

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