The annual Giro Lamborghini road rally brought the executive team from Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., and exotic Lamborghini sports cars through Payson on Sunday, June 12.
Chaparral Pines Country Club hosted the visit, providing respite and refreshment for drivers, executives, organizers and technical crew.
Club members and guests enjoyed the rare opportunity to see more than 30 Lamborghinis at close range, including two Aventador-LP-700-4s, Lamborghini’s soon-to-be-released 2012 car. These white and black Aventadors are the only two in the United States, and are magnificent examples of design and engineering prowess.
Boasting a V12, 700 horsepower engine, maximum speed of 215 miles per hour (350 km/hour); 0-60 miles times (0-100 kilometers) in 2.9 seconds; four-wheel drive, seven-speed gearbox among other achievements, this car is not for the faint-hearted and neither is the cost, as the starting price is $375,000.
Lamborghini World Wide President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann, R&D Director Maurizio Reggiani and After Sales Director Alessandro Farmeschi flew in from Italy for the event, and were on hand to share inspiration and expertise.
Participants in the Giro Lamborghini 2011 came from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, shipping their cars from point of origin to Phoenix for the start of the four-night tour.
The route began in Phoenix on Sunday morning, continued to Payson, on to Sedona and the Grand Canyon to arrive at their final destination, Las Vegas, on Tuesday.
The drive program culminates in a unique opportunity to drive an Aventador on the racetrack at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch and Country Club, 45 minutes west of Las Vegas.