The World of Motor Sport
In just five years of involvement in motorsport, Blancpain has unremittingly strengthened its presence in this compelling field of activity.
Partner of Lamborghini and title sponsor of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo since 2009; official timekeeper of the FIA GT1 world championship since 2010, who became the FIA GT1 Series in 2013. In 2011 Blancpain took on two important new commitments with the launch of the Blancpain Endurance Series and its participation as official partner in the ADAC GT Masters championship. Powerfully symbolising the brand’s active commitment, Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO of Blancpain, took part in all these championships.
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In 2013, Blancpain’s involvement in the world of motorsports takes a symbolic new turn with the creation of a team bearing the brand colours, Blancpain Racing. This new team registered in Switzerland will proudly fly the Swiss flag, like the Blancpain watches featuring the famous Swiss Made inscription. Blancpain Racing will line up for the Blancpain Endurance series at the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo GT3. With its over 600 HP,V10 engine, this new Gallardo was developed to achieve impressive performances over long distances, and particularly in 24-hour endurance races.
Blancpain is proud to be the title sponsor of this European GT series reserved for GT3 cars and promoted by the SRO Motorsports Group. After incredibly successful seasons en 2011 and 2012, the Blancpain Endurance Series has already become a reference in the world of Motorsport. For 2013, average grids of over 50 GT3 will again take part in the three-hour races, with over 60 expected for the season highlight of the 24 Hours of Spa. Built around the legendary 24 Hours of Spa, the Series constitutes a return to the very essence of GT Racing. The remaining endurance events will take place on various European tracks. This multi-brand series features the world’s most iconic sports car manufacturers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mc Laren, Porsche, Audi, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, Aston Martin. The Blancpain Endurance Series events have been known since 2012 as Blancpain Race Weekends with a full support race programme and other entertainment for visitors to enjoy.
The alliance between Blancpain and the iconic luxury sports car maker Lamborghini celebrates the technical performances and exclusive aesthetics of two manufacturers at the peak of their art combining tradition and innovation. The two brands move in different circles, but are driven by a common passion for innovation and excellence. Just like our master-watchmakers, Lamborghini's engineers are in constant pursuit of perfection.
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is a dream come true for motorsports enthusiasts since 2009. In 2012, Lamborghini and Blancpain launched a series in Asia to run alongside the established European competition. In 2013, the series will continue in the US. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo provides an exclusive platform for Gentlemen drivers entering individually or in teams of two to compete at the wheel of the bespoke Lamborghini Super Trofeo race car. The gentlemen drivers are divided into two categories: amateurs and pro-amateurs. Each race weekend is organized with one qualifying race and two 50-minute official races. In 2013, the drivers will discover a new race car, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo.
Lamborghini and Blancpain have pooled their respective skills to create the Lamborghini Gallardo Blancpain Limited Edition. Based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 production model, it is equipped with “Skoripus” black aluminium rims and yellow brake callipers furnished with ceramic carbon discs. The carbon-fibre elements perfectly match the opaque black of the vehicle. The passenger compartment in alcantara allies comfort with sporting characteristics. Made in a limited edition, this lightened, boosted version can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds. It has a top speed of 320 km/h.
Blancpain has been serving as the exclusive and official timekeeper of the FIA GT1 Series since 2010. In 2013, FIA GT Series which will preserve the highly competitive sprint-format of the former GT1 World Championship and bring together the most professional GT teams and drivers from Europe and beyond. Through this prestigious partnership Blancpain confirms its presence at the highest level of motorsport by being associated with a world-class championship.
Since 2007, the ADAC GT Masters has won the hearts of automobile fans. Blancpain is proud to announce its partnership with this thrilling championship based in Germany with select events run elsewhere in Europe. The ADAC GT Masters is a “PRO-AM” Championship with each car shared by a professional and an amateur driver. Each event consists of two 60-minute races. The two drivers share the work in both the qualifying sessions and the two one-hour races on a weekend. As a result, the starting grid is a varied mix of personalities: ambitious amateurs meet former Formula 1 drivers, experienced DTM players and also celebrities. Through this partnership, Blancpain is further reinforcing its presence in the world of motorsport around Europe and consolidating the natural link between fine mechanical watchmaking and the automobile world. Marc A. Hayek, Blancpain President and CEO, won the 2011 Amateur Championship title.
The Avon Tyres British GT Championship is fast becoming one of the best-loved and most illustrious sports car championships in the UK. Blancpain is associating itself with the series as official partner of the Avon Tyres British GT Champion and as naming partner of the “Gentleman’s Trophy Classification” for the first time in 2013, thereby earning itself a strong presence in the field of English GT racing. Featuring a mix of professional and amateur drivers, this championship offers various race formats on the various weekends, with two 60-minute races and one 120 or 180-minute race. Over 30 cars are already registered for the 2013 season.
A Timepiece to Celebrate Blancpain’s Commitments
The Chronographe Flyback à Rattrapante Grande Date
features a flyback split-seconds chronograph mechanism and a large date.
This watch, combining carbone fibre and cutting-edge technology, reflects
Blancpain’s strong commitment in GT racing. Having decided to adopt such
an extreme attitude, Blancpain naturally chose carbon fibre in creating this
timepiece. Its lightness and sturdiness, combined with its aesthetic appeal,
provide a wealth of development options. This high-tech material was used to
create certain watch components: the carbon fibre bezel, caseback and dial
represent significant technical feats, reflecting Blancpain’s characteristic