Valentino Balboni, perhaps Lamborghini's most famous test driver, has opened his own tuning company. Called VB (after his initials), Balboni's new company will be producing aftermarket parts for the brand he served for four decades.
Balboni started working for Lamborghini in 1968 at the age of 20 as a mechanic apprentice. He was personally asked by Ferruccio Lamborghini to be the test driver for the company and has since become an icon in Lamborghini, the people from San'tAgata, Bolognese and to the motoring community. In 2008, Balboni retired from Lamborghini and, as a gift, the automaker made a limited-run Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni, released in 2009.
As for Balboni's new venture, their first product will be a titanium exhaust system made specifically for the Aventador SuperVeloce, Lamborghini's latest special edition model for the company's flagship. Limited to 600 units, all Aventador SuperVeloces have been spoken for within three months of its launch back in 2015. As for VB's first product, it too will be a highly exclusive part, limited to just 30 units. The titanium exhaust weighs a mere 6.3 kilograms and promises to set “a new dimension in sound”. According to VB, it takes 350 hours of work to produce just one of the 30 exhaust systems available.
The ultra-light exhaust system will be unveiled by Valentino Balbino himself during the Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance at Concorso Italiano on August 20, 2016.