The Lamborghini Gallardo, slow? Seriously?
There are very few guys out there who would even consider doing a twin-turbo conversion on an already-awesome Lamborghini Gallardo—which packs a screaming V10 motor at the rear. Keith Bryan Haw is one such fellow, and if you know him personally, then you will understand that going subtle isn’t his thing at all. It’s just not the way he operates.
We will save the solo feature about him for next month’s issue, so do wait for that. Keith is an Internet celebrity with a really cool story to tell, and we are sure that folks in the automotive world want to know more about him. We just had to shoot his Gallardo first before it enters the shop for its Liberty Walk wide-body conversion. Plus, the twin-turbo thing is already pretty wild to begin with.
Keith tells us that what he has is the first twin-turbo conversion on a Lamborghini done in the country. The kit, which is made by US-based IAP Racing out of West Virginia, was personally installed by Paul Sullivan, the owner of the company. The brand is quite famous for doing wild conversions on exotics. Keith’s Gallardo Spyder now packs 800hp at the crank—or 661hp at the wheels! Paul is currently working on another Gallardo that will put out 1,700hp. Sounds
crazy, but not at all for Keith, who does plan to take his own Gallardo to the next level.
But when is too much, too much? “Well, if you can do it, why not?” is Keith’s reply. “Maybe it’s too much when it’s too much for the wallet na,” he jokes.
Keith ditched the all-wheel-drive system to let all of the 656Nm course through the rear wheels only. He says that the transmission is up to the task as well, but expect a wild ride. Future plans include installing an ECU capable of doing flex-fuel duties and allowing the car to run on e85 race fuel. The ECU upgrade will also allow to the car to read any and all fuel mixes and make the calculations necessary to avoid any unwanted detonation.
This Lamborghini also has a custom interior (done in the Philippines), and it is fitted with the lightest bucket seats Keith could find. Each just weighs a scant 1.4kg. Crazy. All four corners are fitted with DPE Wheels, which, incidentally, he is the official distributor of in the Philippines. He’s known for sourcing high-end equipment for enthusiasts, so his personal cars must look the part. Carbon-fiber side skirts round out the exterior.
The Liberty Walk kit is still in its box, but it will be installed pretty soon. It will have a rivet-less look, which breaks from the usual tradition. We think it will look pretty good when done. Alex Restoration will be handling the job, after all. “If you are doing something good, some people will hate on it,” Keith says. But no matter what people say about his gorgeous, lightningquick, and thunderously loud Gallardo, it doesn’t matter. He’s doing it his way, and he’s loving it.
‘No matter what people say, Keith will keep doing things his way. He’s loving it’
Handsome interior done by Filipino craftsmen. We are impressed Lurking under here is a twin-turbo conversion. That’s just mad!
Easily a soon-to-be classic. These Gallardos are drop-dead gorgeous