Liberty Walk is a tuning shop in Japan that is best known for their work with Lamborghinis. The company was founded in 1993 to share a passion for cars with Japan’s younger generation. Liberty Walk’s owner, Kato, even has a vision of a super car amusement park for families to enjoy together:
The team from Liberty Walk took their widebody Murcielago (pictured at the top) to the Lamborghini 50th anniversary celebration in Italy. They documented the trip to showcase the generosity of the Italian people that they received on their quest to showcase Japanese spirit.
Lamborghini recently celebrated its 50 year anniversary with a huge gathering at their factory and tour around Italy. Harry Metcalfe of evoTV took the opportunity to make this extremely thorough tour of the lineage of Lamborghini’s V12. He shows every model and iteration from the Miura to today’s Aventador. This 24 minute video will make you an instant expert.
Hot Rod Magazine gathers up some of the kit cars available from Factory Five for some testing in Las Vegas. The lineup included a Cobra replica with Ford’s new 5.0 liter Coyote engine, a Cobra with a Summit Racing drivetrain kit, a Daytona Coupe and Ridetech’s ’33 Ford replica. Testing starts at the drag strip and then ends up at the Test Drives Unlimited road course to go up against Lamborghini’s two-wheel drive Gallardo. Can the garage project kit cars hold their own against a true exotic?
I guess we’re just going to have a “Weird Things Made by Well Known Car Makers” day here on Flux Auto. This week’s episode of Jay Leno’s garage features one of less than 20 Lamborghini R485 Tractors that was imported to the US. The 4-ton monster is powered by a 5.0 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine that makes 85 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque that uses the same starter as the Lamborghini Countach. The owner, Bill Scott, tells us how Ferruccio Lamborghini got his start working on tractors after World War 2 and how famed test driver, Valentino Balboni, began working for the company as a mechanic for these tractors. It just goes to show how stupid it is for people to have stigmas against blue collar work. As long as their is a need for physical goods, we will always need people who are skilled and creative with their hands. When your car breaks down, you’ll want the guy with the dirtiest hands to fix it. When it comes time to bring new ideas into the real world, you’d be wise to ask the same guy his advice.
Car and Driver’s European correspondent, Jethro Bovingdon, brings us what he calls the last of the old school supercars. He’s talking about Lamborghini’s “base model” Gallardo with a true manual transmission and two-wheel drive. Lamborghini first made a two-wheel drive Gallardo to celebrate the retirement of their chief test driver, Valentino Balboni. It seems that car was popular enough to warrant them making it a regular part of the lineup. Even though the Balboni car was rear wheel drive, the suspension was set up very conservative to provide the stability of natural understeer. It seems that problem has been remedied for the LP550-2. Jethro says there is a slight touch of understeer that’s very easy to overcome to put the car into a drift which he demonstrates several times. The other “less is more” feature of the car is the open-gate manual transmission which turns out to be the last of its kind in the age of the modern supercar. It’s a shame that most of the people buying these cars prefer the short shift times to the experience and mastery of shifting your own gears with a clutch. Hopefully they will make a retro novelty comeback sometime in the future.