The history of Lamborghinin is quiteÂ fascinating. Â Ferruccio Lamborghini originally built tractors. Â He owned several Ferraris. Â He found out that the clutches were inferior. Â He confronted Enzo Ferrari about the problems with his cars. Â Enzo told Â Ferruccio, “How dare a tractor maker tell me how to make a sports car.” Â Infuriated, Ferruccio Lamborghini created his own brand of sports cars. Â His first car was the 350GT, a front engine, rear-wheel drive grand tourer. Â One of the more famous Lambos is the Countach, built from 1974 to 1990. Â 2,042 Countaches were made.
I first saw the Countach at the 2010 Houston Classic Chassis. Â First thought was “What a piece of art. Â This is one of the best looking classic cars I have ever seen.” Â The Countach has made several appearances at Houston Cars and Coffee.
The Lamborghini Countach came in four specs, with a 25Â anniversaryÂ edition. The Countach LP400 came 4.0L V12 that produced 370 hp, 266 lb-ft torque, and went from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 sec, with a top speed of 177 mph.Â Â The Countach LP400S came 4.0L V12 that produced 370 hp, 266 lb-ft torque, and went from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 sec, with a top speed of 182 mph. The Countach LP500S came 5.0L V12 that produced 370 hp, 302 lb-ft torque, and went from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 sec, with a top speed of 181 mph.Â The Countach LP500SQV came 5.2L V12 that produced 449 hp, 369 lb-ft torque, and went from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 sec, with a top speed of 182 mph. This is a fast car, no matter what engine is in it. Â The body may look like it has great aerodynamics, but its body is like a brick moving through air.
The Lamborghini Countach has been featured at Jay Leno’s Garage. Â It has been featured in many racing games, including Burnout Paradise, Project Gotham Racing 4, Grand Turismo 5, and Forza Motorsport 3, adn Test Drive Unlimited. Â It was part of a DLC package for Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. Â Red Alert from Transformers G1 used the Countach as his vehicle mode. Â The boys of Top Gear used the Countach as one of its exhibits when they took over an art museum in Great Britain.
Final thought: Â What a work of art. It is a great looking car. It is fast and a great addition to any classic car collection. One can see Â the Countach design in the Lamborghini Diablo and Murcielago.
Photo was taken from a camera phone. Â Engine data came from automobile-catalog.com
Originally written on April 15, 2011