Valentino Balboni Hoons Murcielago SV at Monza


Most people would at least close the door before doing a burnout in a Lamborghini. But Valentino Balboni is definitely not "most people".

Ask anyone who knows Lamborghinis who Valentino Balboni is and they're likely to launch into a whole history of a man who was and remains as integral to the Italian automaker's legend as Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. The longtime factory test driver was forced to retire from active duty four years ago now due to Italian government regulations, but remains a figurehead for the Raging Bull marque. In fact, after his retirement, Lamborghini dedicated its most hard-core Gallardo in his name.

That's something Lamborghini's never done for anyone else, and come to think of it, neither has Ferrari for any of its test drivers or even the famous F1 pilots that have come and gone over the years.

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In this video clip sent to us by the video wizards at Marchettino, witness Balboni getting behind the wheel of a Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce - one of the last models which that affable pilot helped develop - at the Monza circuit in Italy. And not just any SuperVeloce, either, rare as they are: this one has been decked out in matte blue, fitted with a six-speed manual instead of the sequential gearbox and equipped with an aftermarket Tubi exhaust system. The specs are all well and fine, but what Balboni does with it is the real highlight here.

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