Much of this tradition is down to Ferruccio Lamborghini himself, who never had a deep desire for racing, regarding it as an enormous waste of time and money, despite the desires of many of his employees. Indeed, Bizzarrini, who designed the now famous V-12 left when he saw that Ferruccio had no intentions to use the engine for racing. In 1970 an unofficial project put together in 1970 by Bob Wallace, Chief Test Driver at the time was aimed at changing Ferruccio's mind. The Miura Jota, as it was known was a heavily modified Miura, and apparently had a very promising chassis configuration (for further details see the Specifications section), but Lamborghini still declined to become involved.
Times change though, and ever since Lamborghini sold his remaining 51% share in 1972, there has been an increasing movement requesting that Lamborghini should finally officially pursue a racing effort. There are now many examples of racing efforts and projects, and though most of which never actually saw the track there is an increasing number of Lamborghini models and engines on many different racing circuits around the world. Some of that racing, in recent years, has been in Formula 1, Off-Shore Powerboats, Le Mans, Paris-Dakar, as well as many others.
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Last Updated 16.07.2000