Aside from being a Formula 1 driver or maybe a Jedi Knight, few jobs in the world can be better than being a test driver for a Supercar maker, especially if that happens to be in Italy and they build some of the most beautiful, fastest and sometimes maddest Supercars out there.
So meet Valentino Balboni, for more than 40 years he was the head test driver at Lamborghini, beginning his epic career with the house of the Raging Bull in the early seventies. This interview with Valentino Balboni is a fascinating insight into the world of one of the most renowned test drivers in the world.
Originally, however, he was a mechanic for the Italian automaker and did general jobs such as sweeping the floors and move the cars out front.
The video shows Balboni at the wheel of a 1986 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV, normally a special car in its own right, but this particular example was built for , Patrick Mimran, the CEO of Lamborghini at the time.
In the film, Balboni describes how he perceives a Lamborghini, saying: “The car talks to the driver. The driver has to understand the car, the language of the car. The car is a human being.”
This brief history sums up a career that saw him start in the last ever production run of the Miura and finish in the Gallardo generation of cars.