Yanks crank out 735kW Gallardo
The American car tuning scene has evolved into two rather distinct camps.
5l V10 twin-turbo
One caters for traditional Detroit muscle cars, bolting forced induction kits onto all manner of pushrod actuated V8/10 engines.
In recent years though, some other (more youthful) Stateside tuners have begun to busy themselves with the fettling of European performance models – usually with alarming results.
Playboy name - serious intent
One of America's most promising tuning concerns is Heffner performance.
A Floridian tuning shop operating out of Sarasota, the Heffner performance team has a penchant for adding twin-turbo exhaust plumbing to exotic European supercars.
The latest of its rather mad customer-driven projects is a properly quick Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 twin-turbo.
You’d be quite within reason to question the need for additional turbocharged performance from the LP560. It remains, after all, one of the world's most admired supercars.
Remember though, this is America – and super sizing is a principle of life…
The business end of a Heffner performance Gallardo LP560 twin-turbo conversion.
So what have the guys at Heffner done?
Well, they've slotted a pair of turbos onto the 5l V10 Lamborghini engine, running at a relatively harmless boost pressure of around half a bar.
The result? A disquieting increase in peak power of 196kW. It’s like having an additional Subaru WRX flat-four engine stuck under the V10 amidships…
Despite now running 608kW, all other Gallardo LP560 components on the Heffner twin-turbo conversion remain untouched – testament to the generous safety margin (and toughness) engineered into the car in stock form.
Only distinguishing styling trinket is the new spoiler - Gallardo styling left mercifully untouched
Proper gas equals stupendous performance
Employing the launch control function, Heffner test pilots have recorded impressively repeatable 2.8 second runs over the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint.
Although the team is still a little while away from a suicidal top end run, the next performance goal is to see the car running nine second quarter mile times.
Need even more?
Well, if you have a neat stockpile of 100 octane fuel in your garage at home the Heffner Gallardo LP560 will run at 735kW - or 1 000 horses if you prefer the more dramatic imperial measurement...