AN ultra-rare Lamborghini with close ties to the key figure behind the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli will make a starring appearance as part of this year’s Meguiar’s Cars and Caffeine, at the 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
In a first for the four-year history of the Cars & Caffeine event, one of only 30 genuine Lamborghini Diablo GT-Rs in the world will join the display this year.
The stunning orange Supercar was among the famous Italian brand’s first forays into GT racing. It’s appearance on the Mountain this year comes as three of the latest Huracan GT3s will challenge to deliver Lamborghini their first win in Australia’s International Enduro.
Cars & Caffeine is a gathering of unique and interesting cars on display for all event spectators and has become a key off-track staple at Australia’s international enduro.
Limited positions remain in this year’s Cars & Caffeine event, to run on Saturday 1 February this year, with those interested in joining what has become a staple of the 12-Hour event encouraged to enter quickly to secure their position.
The package includes VIP display parking, a full circuit parade lap in your car, and access to the pitlane Rooftop Bar to watch the action.
The Diablo GT-R in question is number 19 of only 30 in the world and was initially owned by Stephane Ratel, the founder of SRO – the company behind the Intercontinental GT Challenge, GT World Challenge series and Spa 24 Hours.
The car was raced in the 2001/02 Lamborghini Supertrophy one-make series prior to undergoing a complete and extensive ground-up restoration. It is one of only a few, if the only one, to be completely restored.
The car first raced in the year 2000 at the A1 Ring in Austria and contested the remainder of that year’s season, and the full 2001 championship, under Ratel’s ownership.
Sold to noted Lamborghini racing and preparation firm Reiter Engineering at the end of 2001, the car was entered in the 2002 Supertrophy series – winning at Oschersleben and securing four other podium finishes across the course of a successful season – finishing third overall.
The car was retired from competition at the end of the season and retained as part of a private collection for a decade, prior to a decision made in 2012 to complete a ground-up restoration of the car back to factory specifications.
The car is now presented in the same condition – potentially even better – as it left the Sant’Agata factory in 2000.
Located within Harris Park, the Cars & Caffeine compound will be open to all Bathurst 12 Hour ticket-holders across the weekend, with the main display on Saturday 1st February.
The 2019 edition included a stunning array of unique vehicles, including the stunning Jaguar XJ220 pictured here.
With spaces limited, potential entrants are encouraged to get in touch with Luke O’Neill quickly to secure their position in this unique Bathurst event.
Potential entrants are encouraged to contact Luke O’Neill by clicking here.