Lamborghini Legend From Italy At Lamborghini Sarasota in Southwest Florida to Unveil New Model

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Legendary Lamborghini test driver, Valentino Balboni, unveiled the new Lamborghini model named after him at Lamborghini Sarasota in Southwest Florida. This was an exciting event for the exotic car enthusiasts in attendance as they were able to meet Balboni and view the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2.

Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni at Sarasota Lamborghini

It was an honor to meet Valentino, as well as to introduce him and his new car to many of the passionate Lamborghini owners here in Southwest Florida.

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As the lights came up the cover came off to unveil a metallic orange special edition Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni. Lamborghini Sarasota held a reception September 4, where renowned test driver Valentino Balboni, unveiled a new Lamborghini bearing his name. Balboni has long been revered as one of the many legends surrounding the world's most uncompromising sports car brand. Since 1973, he has sat at the wheel of every prototype built by Lamborghini.

Victor Young, co-owner of Lamborghini Sarasota said, "It was an honor to meet Valentino, as well as to introduce him and his new car to many of the passionate Lamborghini owners here in Southwest Florida."

Before the unveiling, over 150 guests were treated to live music, a meet and greet, and an exhilarating film showcasing the design process and performance of the new model. This is an historical event for Lamborghini, not only because it represents the limited production of a new exclusive rear wheel drive model (most Lamborghinis are all wheel drive), but also because it was created to honor Balboni's retirement after over 40 years with Lamborghini. In anticipation of his October 2008 retirement, the creation of the new Gallardo had been kept a secret. He explained that beginning in 2008 he started getting questions from company technicians asking what features he would like to see included in the ideal Lamborghini. When it was revealed that Lamborghini would be producing a Special Edition of only 250 cars in his honor, he said it all came together.

Valentino was full of pride and emotion when addressing the crowd before the unveiling. He described how he worked his way up in the Lamborghini company from its very beginning. His passion for these exotic cars is only preceded by his enjoyment of them. "A Lamborghini must always combine the precision of a race car with the reliability of a good friend," says Balboni. He graciously signed autographs and die-cast models for children and enthusiasts who attended.

The Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni is available for order by contacting Lamborghini Sarasota at (941) 556-2980 or visiting 5145 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34233.


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