Phil Morrison DW Boss @philmorrisondw
My GT1 inspired Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 set a new benchmark for the daftest build I’ve ever done. It’s been more than two years in the making, with more complex engineering and styling hurdles to overcome than any car I’ve built in the past.
My favourite of all R-GT cars ever seen is the pre-livery GT1 Le Mans spec car build in dark metallic grey seen at Salzburgring testing in 2007.
It started life as one of the very first UK delivered LP640 E-Gear Murcielagos in 2006. I bought it used, tired and in need of a lot of attention. The first incarnation of the build was just to remove the disgusting Verde Ithica green it had been painted in, repaint in a flay grey & get it working mechanically.
The real build started in 2018. At that point I was probably responsible for 50% of all views of R-GT Murcielagos on YouTube. I was having the usual Egear issues, so I convinced myself that we could manual convert the existing E-Gear gearbox. I was also having issues with the quad throttle bodies, so I figured I ‘needed’ to convert to a fully independent throttle body setup. Having Craig next door to us at Dynotorque is always dangerous when it comes to ideas like this, as he’s pretty much always game.
The official showcase video of our GT1 inspired Murcielago
Filmed and edited by our buddy Al Clark from Outrun. It's the poshest video we've ever had of any of our cars.
My favourite of all R-GT cars ever seen is the pre-livery GT1 Le Mans spec car build in dark metallic grey seen at Salzburgring testing in 2007. This to me was one of the best looking racecars I’d ever seen. So as we’d started the mechanical side of the work at Dynotorqe, I was talking with Reiter Engineering about body panels. I’d massively struggled with communication initially. I’m sure they thought I was a time-waster as fitting R-GT race car panels to a road car just isn’t possible. I persisted though, and eventually managed to purchase the actual very battered body panels from the 2008 Interprogressbank Le Mans car.
The first test fit, just removing the standard front bumper and placing the GT1 version in place told me everything I needed to know about what needed to happen to make this work. It sat about 20cm off the floor. My car had already been lowered as much as possible and the tyres were already contacting the door hinges.
So, the chopping and fabrication started to reposition the door hinges and give us the vertical tyre clearance we needed. On the race car it’s easy, they use a small piano hinge. I wanted to keep the standard doors and trim though, so it needed to be extremely heavy duty.
The new extremely low ride height also determined that we had to completely redesign the front suspension with a drop knuckle, custom upper and lower arms, and a shock that passed through the top arm to mount to the lower arm instead of mounting the upper arm.
The car was at TJR Bodywork for 14 months to create the final look. There is way too much for me to write down about what we’ve done. But essentially making race panels fit a road car and look right is a huge task. There was so much fabrication that needed doing just on the bits you don’t see. Then completely redesigning the door to front wing, the wings themselves, blending the R-GT and standard LP640 sideskirts, making our own design wider rear quarters, and so so SO much more.
The wheels are completely custom-made by 3SDM. The centre of each rear 3pc wheel is machined from a 125kg billet slug of aluminium. The fronts are forged monoblock.
Huge thanks to our team at Driftworks plus Dynotorque, TJRBodyworx, Emerald & 3SDM Wheels for dealing with my extremely difficult requests/challenges.
Complete GT1 inspired Murcielago build YouTube playlist. We've rounded up all of the build videos into a playlist so you can see exactly what's involved in building a car like this.
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