"it was one of the most fun things of my life", he told the Dragon. "After the races, in the 10 years of work at Lamborghini, I had the joy - because of this it was a matter of having to prepare two films for the Paris-Dakar". The Lamborghini LM 002 Munari prepared for the Paris Dakar rally, The question is easy. Why?
"The idea was not born from us, but from a French team that we commissioned the creation of two special machines to run the competition. How to say no... they Were out of two real bombs, and fast".
as Fast as?
"To put at the point I had made very stringent tests, I stuck to the whole beer in the bed of the river Taro, near Parma, and could travel at incredible speed on the river bed full of huge rocks. Then I tried the Lamborghini on a long stretch of sand to determine which pressure was better to go faster. I can remember it still, was 0.8".
to whip a machine of the kind in Italy must not have been easy.
"Not at all, and you had to do it all by myself because there were no computers, virtual reality or other... To this at the end of the setup, so I decided to bring this Lamborghini in a raid in Greece".
this is Also a destination a bit different from Africa.
"Yes, the characteristics of the dirt roads were not at all similar to those of the Paris-Dakar rally then, but it was the only race where we could register an off-road vehicle of the kind, the sort of monster that I had created...".
How it ended?
"The special tests were secret, but they began a spectacular feat on a beach. There I made the best time. It was impossible to keep up with this Lamborghini. But then things changed: in the other tests special the gigantic and heavy LM002 did not fit well to the narrow streets. But me and the trusty navigator Mario Mannucci not mollavamo. We were always fighting for the top positions".
a step away from victory?
"Already but it started to rain and the rain turned the roads into giant pools of mud. And the LM-002 with those tires giant was couldn't be handled: for this Lamborghini did not exist, the tires narrow. Indeed, there were just other tires, except the ones special made for this machine - it should be remembered - far exceeded the 200 hours with a mass of 2400 kg... Were the tires 345/60 R17, impossible for those conditions. So we had to withdraw".
"Yes, there was no way: the machine in these conditions begins to float and check more. And shortly after it happened even worse. Came the bad news that the team had commissioned a Lamborghini for the Dakar failed. So goodbye race".
What happened to those two very special LM?
"The then president of Lamborghini, Emile Nogaro, he decided to keep the car, but times changed and it was decided to sell them to a collector, all and two".
"Already, but the real sin is that of not being able to see my creatures in action at the Paris-Dakar. Would have made it good...".
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