Lamborghini Project - Diablo VT
LAMBORGHINI DIABLO VT PROJECT
Di-ab-lo [dee-ah-bloh, dyah]
1. Spanish for ‘devil.’
2. Italian sports car manufactured by ‘Lamborghini.’
“I think it’s an earthquake,” I said to my colleague, teeth chattering and body shaking, as the awesome power of a Lamborghini Diablo VT roared into the workshop with a ferocity somewhat deserving of its Spanish translation of devil. 12 cylinders packed tightly into a 6-litre engine shook the very foundations of our workshop, as if instead of an engine, a great precipice lived under its bonnet and was beating its almighty chest. Then, as if acclimatising to what was to become this great beast’s new home, the thunderous growl of its engine went dull and the great beast was tame. Later, I realised, this was because our Chief Tech had parked up and turned off the ignition, and it was not until he left the car a few moments later that the mirage faded.
The Lamborghini Files: Project 132
The first production Lamborghini to reach over 200 mph, the Diablo VT is one of the most iconic models of the exclusive marque ever produced. Under the enigmatic codename Project 132, production began in the summer of 1985 on what was to become the successor of the hugely successful Countach. Under a shroud of secrecy the brief had one stipulation: to have a top speed of at least 315 km/h.
Introduced in 1993, the Diablo VT differed from its standard counterpart in several ways; most notably by moving away from the rear-wheel drive of its predecessors. Four-wheel-drive allowed the Diablo VT (which stands for viscous traction) to make the most of its viscous centre differential. This new drivetrain allowed up to 25% more torque to be directed to the front wheels, aiding traction and significantly improving the vehicle’s handling characteristics. Coupled by front air intakes to improve cooling of the brakes, larger rear arch intakes, power steering and other refinements significantly enhanced the power of the Diablo VT.
Along with several other current Porsche restoration projects, the Lamborghini is to be completely restored down to every last nut and bolt. In essence, the finished product will, for all intents and purposes, be a new car. Whilst with us the Lamborghini has to date undergone the following restorations: The removal and replacement of a corroded scuttle panel, with a new piece being fabricated and fitted. The removal and replacement of the heater and fuel hose, wiring loom and replacement fuel tank. The front tub floor has been entirely replaced with a newly fabricated piece, made up on-site by our Chief Technician, along with the fitment of an anti-vibration padding. Front nearside and offside floor pans have also been replaced, along with both inner and outer sills.
Alongside this, the rear chassis has been stripped, cleaned and entirely re-sprayed with complete under floor panel refurbishment to boot. A new handbrake cable and bake pipes have been added, wheel bearings and hubs have been changed and individual items such as the radiators and oil cooler have been completely refurbished.
We will continue to provide updates on the progress of the Lamborghini restoration so make sure to stay tuned for the next instalment.
When the ferocious boom of a 6-litre V12 is loud enough to drown out the voices of people in the office upstairs when it starts, you know you’re dealing with an entirely different beast. It was the first time in over twelve months since we last heard the Diablo beat its chest, and with the new stainless steel exhaust fitted, it was as mean and as raw as ever.
“I’d forgotten how loud it was,” I remember yelling, to nobody in particular as the noise of the engine stole the words before they’d even left my mouth, but on a sub-level we all agreed as our bones shook. The Lamborghini was back, and the beast had awoken.
The Lamborghini Files: The Beast Awakens
With a lot of the front-end work already completed, the focus has gone to the rear of the car since the last update. The cooling system has been re-piped in, and the wiring looms modified. A new fuse box has been assembled and added, with LED lights within each individual fuse, which light up when said fuse blows. A newly modified exhaust has also been created, and that has been fitted to the rear of the car, which has been built back up.
The most notable advancement has been with the engine, which was started up for the first time since the Diablo was brought to us over twelve months ago. This was a big forward step; as we needed to make sure it was still in good working order having been stood for so long. Needless to say, it did not disappoint and if you felt an earthquake like sensation rippling through Lancashire at the beginning of September, chances are it was the Diablo being started up.If you require any further information or assistance please call us on 01 282 697171 or
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