Technical Stuff

New ANSA Sport exhaust system purchased and installed in 2004. This system makes Formula 1 sounds when the engine is in the 4,000 to 8,000 rpm range.

The magnesium wheels were sand cast by Compagnolo at obsene cost; they are very strong and light: 8 inch wide fronts at 16 pounds and the 12 inch wide rears are only 26 pounds. The car came from the factory with gold wheels, this photo shows the wheels after being reconditioned in 1999. Only the Series 1 cars came with these “Bravo style” wheels.

A single windshield wiper was fitted to these cars. An oil cooler is placed in the left side of the front spoiler in this photo. The grill on the right side of the spoiler is for fresh air intake for the AC and heating systems. Also seen are the Carello fog lights in the front spoiler. The park/turn lights show clearly, giving a visual impression that the front end is even lower that it actually is – the head lights are hidden under covers and come up to legal height when turned on. The outside mirrors are of limited use. Large duets just below the fog lights allow the front brake rotors to get cool air. Not much ground clearance here.

The NACA ducts supply cold air to the twin radiators positioned just in front of the rear wheels. The door catch can be seen toward the leading edge just as the duct starts; these door releases are the only chrome on the car. The small badge below the NACA duct shows Bertone, the Italian firm that has worked closely with Lamborghini since 1966.

The rear of the car has several cooling vents and ducts. The rearmost vents allow hot air from the radiators to exit without substantially heating the engine bay. The large scoops in front of the rear vents direct cold air to the radiators. The best book on the early Countachs is “Lamborghini Countach” by Jean Marc Borel, published by Motor Books International, Osceola, Wisconsin, 174pp. This book is hard to find, but worth it.

David enjoys a fine 4-course Italian lunch with wine at the Lamborghini factory with long term Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni in September, 2004. I was treated like a royal at the factory and had an breath-taking 2 hour tour of the manufacturing lines for the Gallardo and the just released Murcielogo roadster. I also got to see the dyno rooms, restoration shops, and the new museum.