Sadly bob wallace has passed away. He was lamborghini s chief test driver from 1964 to 1975 and the father of the legendary miura sv jota and ferruccio s only hot rod the jarama s bob quot.
The latter with his eyes on formula 1 designed a screamer of a 3 5 litre v12 with peak power at 8 000rpm aggressive valve timing six carburettors and a dry sump.
Bob wallace lamborghini. Having moved to italy as a 21 year old to pursue his love of racing cars the auckland born kiwi worked as a race mechanic for both ferrari and maserati before joining the sant agata concern in 1964 as its first test driver. His efforts in the development of the miura were indispensable. The man credited with developing the ground breaking lamborghini miura bob wallace has died at his united states home aged 75.
The presentation of the miura roadster at the brussels car show in 1968 also helped test customer reactions. He had experience from racing ferraris and maseratis and remained a valuable resource for the factory for several years. Not only were his efforts significant to lamborghini s.
Bob wallace test driver last updated april 13 2020. Bob wallace originally from new zealand became lamborghini s test driver in 1964. Bob wallace was one of the pioneers at automobili lamborghini spa the factory was just being finished the most modern equipment available was installed to start building high end gt cars ferruccio lamborghini just showed the 350 gtv prototype to the public and now had to get a production car ready to be sold.
While dallara and stanzani worked with the help of new zealand test driver bob wallace to improve the car in production ferruccio ever full of ideas was pushing to show the world new models. Bob wallace 1938 19 september 2013 was a new zealand test driver automotive engineer and mechanic best known for his role in developing early lamborghini road cars. Unsurprisingly most of the charging bull s new team were ex ferrari including chief engineer gianpaolo dallara test driver bob wallace and engine builder giotto bizzarrini.
Bob wallace 1938 19 september 2013 was a new zealand test driver automotive engineer and mechanic best known for his role in developing early lamborghini road cars. Early life a young bob wallace working on a maserati birdcage early 1960s. It was not simply a matter of vanity.