With the LM002, Automobili Lamborghini once again left the world in awe when they announced that it would participate in the most famous and competitive rally of all time: the Paris-Dakar. Legendary driver Sandro Munari would be at the helm along with his trusted navigator Mario Mannucci. At that time, Sandro Munari was at home in Sant’Agata Bolognese, where he helped the engineers to develop and set up the cars.
The LM002 was completely overhauled for the race: the V12 engine was boosted from 455 to 600 HP and the car was stripped of any trims that might weigh it down. Everything was made lighter using components derived from competition cars. Out went the luxurious interiors and the radio, and in came a roll bar and five-point safety belts, as well as an advanced navigation system. The new windows were made of plastic, and so too was the new, decidedly more capacious fuel tank, which was based on racing models. The suspension and braking system were redesigned to improve their response and make them even more reliable, and the front windows were like those on other racing cars. The spare wheels were in the rear well, and the manual controls for the four-wheel-drive system went into the tunnel console. The rear seats were taken out and two racing seats were, of course, placed in front.
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