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Valentino Balboni was born in Casumaro, Italy, less than 7 miles from Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birthplace. He is the former chief test driver of Automobili Lamborghini SpA having served the company for over 40 years. Regarded as one of best Lamborghini experts in the world, Valentino has driven about 80% of all Lamborghinis ever built. He began his career at Lamborghini as a teenager being hired by Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. In 2009, to honor his contribution to the company a special edition run of 250 Gallardo LP550-2 was named “Valentino Balboni”. Today his life is still around cars and his latest venture is a new dimension in sound, a state of the art limited edition ultralight titanium exhaust for the Lamborghini Aventador SV.
“Keep developing your passion.”
CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES
While test driving a new Lamborghini Countach LP500 a tire blew out while he was going 180 mph.
When the Technical Director at Lamborghini called him to his office and asked him to test drive and develop their new prototype. This was a huge step as he went on to help develop many Lamborghini prototypes. That was the Diablo.
FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE
A 1973 Lamborghini Miura – The first car he got to test drive by himself for Lamborghini. Valentino was only 21 years old.
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
“Respect the car if you want to be respected.” – Bob Wallace
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PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE
Enjoy driving beautiful sports cars. They are not only cars, they are art. Be respectful of the cars, and of the life of others.
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