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I say Ferraris handle better than Lamborghinis because racing improves the breed. As you know, Ferrari has been making racing cars and before VW bought out Lamborghini, Lamborghini had been making tractors. :p
 

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Mick said:
I say Ferraris handle better than Lamborghinis because racing improves the breed. As you know, Ferrari has been making racing cars and before VW bought out Lamborghini, Lamborghini had been making tractors. :p
That's not entirely true. It was actually Audi that bought Lamborghini, and that was in 1998 I think. So they already had the Miura, Countach and the Diablo.
 

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Yep. And Audi is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG

"NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Popping the clutch on another luxury European carmaker, Germany's Volkswagen AG's Audi subsidiary is set to speed off with another high-performance acquisition: sports car builder Lamborghini SpA."

source: http://www.lamborghiniregistry.com/News/News1.html

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About Lamborghini having been a manufacturer of tractors, this came from one of the pages about Lamborghinis:

"Ferrucio Lamborghini, the founder of the company in 1963, was a tractor manufacturer. One of his ambitions was to outdo Ferrari, another ambition was to build the best super car in the world, having owned many sports cars including Ferrari’s, he found fault with them all, “I can do better” he announced!"

Furthermore, the Miura, Countach, and Diablo were all production cars. Ferrari has been building race cars since the beginning. I read somewhere that originally, Enzo Ferrari manufactured cars not to make money but to finance his racing teams.

We all know that Michael Schumaker races for Ferrari. Can you tell me the name of the race driver for Lamborghini? :wink:
 

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old R&T

In an old R&T, I would say about 1992 or somewhere around there (the cover has 3 lambos on it) was an article about Lamborghini. The article told the story like this (very similar to Mick's). Lamborghini bought a Ferrari but wasn't completely satisfied with it so he wrote Enzo and his team a letter with some ideas on how to improve the car. Well turns out they wrote back to him that he knew nothing about cars and should stick to making tractors (in other words a rude letter was sent in return). This letter made Lamborghini so mad he decided to show Enzo and his team that he could produce a better car. Question is did he?
 

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Not in my opinion
Lambo made and still makes great cars, but i would take a Ferrari every day before a Lambo.

Besides look at the sales from Ferrari and then take a look at those from Lambo.
I think that you'l notice a small difference :wink:
 

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I've never driven a Lamborghini but have heard that they are quite uncomfortable and vision is poor, especially the Countach which is only 42" tall. No doubt, they are great looking cars tractor manufacturers or not. :)

I think a great question is the handling of an older 911, say a '76 (which I think is a great little car) and a 308 of the same era or a newer 911 and a 355/348/512. I'd love to hear opinions on this.

Forza,

Dane
 

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A buddy of mine (who now owns a 360 Modena F1 :wink: ) previously owned a 1989 Lambo Countach Anniversary -- for about 6 months, and said he just couldn't get used to the car's road manners. He said the Lambo looked beautiful in the garage, but as soon as he took it out for a spin, he just didn't enjoy it. He said it handled like a dump truck, shifted like a dump truck...and the car never "grew" on him. Of course this was not what I had wanted to hear since I've always dreamed of owning one someday :cry: The worse part was that I never had the opportunity to get a ride in it! Luckily, he was able to sell outright in short order, after which he quickly began shopping for the 360.
 

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Eric, ive heard the same. Countach's are like trucks, on turns and around town, but like rockets in a straight line. Im sure audi improved upon thses alot when the Murcielago was designed. IMO the countach and diablo are some of the most exotic looking cars. It would be hard to pass one up. i think ferraris handle better, Lambos are heavy. Of couse so are most 12cyl ferraris, with the 575 weighing 4000lbs.
 

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[quote='75 308 GT4 (Peter)]I sat in a Countach once... And couldn't get out of it fast enough!

It really felt like a coffin when the door came closing down. I'm not claustrophobic, but I felt uncomfortable in that car.[/quote]

Check this out!
 

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I should hope that that Countach did not become, literally, a coffin for the owner...

Speaking of fires and Lambos, I spoke once with an owner of a Urraco and he said the leading cause of fires in that model, was because of the centrally mounted distributor (in the "Vee" of the engine - inbetween the cylinder banks - and consequently inbetween the carburetors), would ignite the fumes emanating from the carbs when hot.

Although on a Countach, the distributor is driven off the intake camshaft, mounted at the back side of the engine, so maybe the result of that fire, was because of leaky gas hoses (not uncommon on any old Italian car).
 
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