Legendary Lamborghini Test Driver Just Made The World's Most Beautiful Exhaust - Maxim

Legendary Lamborghini Test Driver Just Made The World's Most Beautiful Exhaust

Valentino Balboni designed a jaw-dropping titanium exhaust system for Lambo's fire-breathing Aventador.
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Photo: Valentino Balboni

Photo: Valentino Balboni

Valentino Balboni launched a 40-year career as Lamborghini's test driver after his parish priest arranged for his first job at the Italian supercar maker. 

So it perhaps appropriate that in his post-Lamborghini career the legendary driver would produce a high-performance exhaust system as finely tuned as any church organ's pipes.

Photo: Valentino Balboni

Photo: Valentino Balboni

The man himself will introduce these blue-and-purple tinged titanium custom exhausts for the Lamborghini Aventador LP750 SV like the one we drove on Aug. 20 at Concorso Italiano, the traditional gathering of Italian car fanatics at Monterey Car Week. Italians seem to be fixated on lightweight titanium these days, considering the all-titanium Icona Vulcano.

Lamborghini Aventador LP750 Super Veloce. Photo: Dan Carney

Lamborghini Aventador LP750 Super Veloce. Photo: Dan Carney

Perhaps Balboni will reveal the price at the public unveiling. It doesn't really matter. He plans to produce just 30 of these exquisite artworks, and Lamborghini drivers aren't likely to flinch, whatever the price proves to be.

Photo: Valentino Balboni

Photo: Valentino Balboni

The featherweight 13.8-lb. system consumes 350 hours of labor to produce using entirely titanium, even for the mounting tabs. But those attachments may be superfluous, because it is entirely possible that buyers will simply hang these beautiful metallic sculptures on their wall. Or maybe Balboni's parish will get one for its organ.

Photo: Valentino Balboni

Photo: Valentino Balboni