Lamborghini Countach Tyres
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Tyres for a standard Lamborghini Countach as recommended by Longstone Tyres.
- Early Lamborghini Countach fitted 205/70 VR 14 Michelin XWX front & 215/70 VR 14 Michelin XWX on the rear
- Then the Countach Breifly fitted 205/50 YR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ P7 N4 front & 345/35 ZR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ P7 rear
- Lamborghini then changed to a bigger front tyre 225/50 YR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ P7
- Then the last of the Lamborghini Countach fitted 225/50 ZR 15 Pirelli P-Zero Asimmetrico front and 345/35 ZR 15 Pirelli P-Zero Asimmetrico on the rear
Lamborghini Countach Tires Original Equipment
|Model||Start date||End date||Quantity produced||Front tyre size||Rear tyre size||Brand & tread|
|LP400||1974||1978||150||205/70 VR 14||215/70 VR 14||MICHELIN XWX|
|LP400S S1||1978||1979||50||205/50 R 15||345/35 R 15||PIRELLI P7|
|LP400S S2||1979||1981||79||205/50 ZR 15||345/35 ZR 15||PIRELLI P7|
|LP400S S3||1981||1982||82||205/50 ZR 15||345/35 ZR 15||PIRELLI P7|
|LP5000S||1982||1985||321||205/50 ZR 15||345/35 ZR 15||PIRELLI P7|
|5000 QV||1985||1988||610||225/50 ZR 15||345/35 ZR 15||PIRELLI P7R|
|25th Anniversary||1988||1990||657||225/50 ZR 15||345/35 ZR 15||PIRELLI P-ZERO|
Lamborghini Countach History
The Lamborghini Countach is now over 30 years old but still turns as many heads as it did back in 1974, when the first LP400 rolled off the production line and into the show rooms.
After realising that the extremely sexy Miura was troubled by its shape, chassis and engine configuration Lamborghini decided to rectify the Miuras problems with an all-new car. For their new car Lamborghini went to Bertone design aficionado Marcello Gandini, who promptly set about creating what would become the epitomy of automobile erotica (posters of the car would end up pinned on bedroom walls around the world!). When Gandini showed the drawings to Nuccio Bertone he shouted 'Countach!' the verbal equivalent of a wolf whistle in the local Piedmontese dialect, the legend of the Lamborghini Countach was born!
It took Lamborghini 3 years of engine and chassis development to get the Lamborghini Countach LP400 ready. The aim was to create a car better than the Miura in all respects. Side mounted twin radiators were fitted to the car to aid cooling of the longitudinally mounted 4-litre V12 engine (inspiration for which was taken from F1 technology of the time), also attaching the gearbox ahead of the V12 encouraged slick direct gear changes and near perfect weight distribution.
The Lamborghini Countach had superb performance with a production LP400 recording a top speed of 184mph at one of Fiats private test tracks. Impressive even today! An evolution of the Lamborghini Countach LP400 was the Lamborghini Countach LP400S. The LP400S has a more aggressive stance sitting on 12" wide 15" Campagnolo magnesium wheels originally shod in PIRELLI P7's (unfortunately no longer available). The LP400S delivers the same power as the original LP400 but thanks to various changes including a shorter ratio gear box the Lamborghini LP400S was capable of hitting 60mph nearly a second quicker than its slightly older brother. Other changes to the car included wider arches, revised suspension geometry and more direct steering.
The engine was further increased in 1982 to 4.8L and the model designation changed to LP500S. The LP500S was Lamborghini's response to Ferrari's 365 GT4. Ferrari's response to the LP500S was the Testarossa. Once again, Lamborghini answered by creating the LP500S QV (Quattrovalvole) that produced 455 horsepower.
Named to honour Lamborghini's 25 year anniversary in 1988, the 25th Anniversary Countach was mechanically very similar to the 500QV but sported much changed styling. The rear 'air boxes' were restyled and enlarged, while the vents behind them were changed so that they ran front to back instead of side to side. In addition, a new air dam and side skirting, both with air intakes, were fitted, and the rear lights were restyled to be narrower, with body-coloured panels replacing the upper and lower parts of the previous large tail lights. The styling changes were unpopular with many, particularly since the intakes had strakes in them that appeared to mimic those on the Ferrari Testarossa, but they improved the engine's cooling, a problem the Countach had always struggled with. It also featured 345/35R15 tires, the widest tires available on a production car at the time.
In 1991, after twenty years of production, the Countach was replaced by the equally striking Diablo. There were 157 examples of the LP400 produced, 237 of the LP400S, 321 of the LP500S and 676 examples of the LP500S QV. The 25th Anniversary edition had some of the highest production figures of all the Countach's, with 650 examples being produced.