Lamborghini Essenza SCV12
The SCV12 was built specifically for track use by Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse racing team, and includes substantial technical, aerodynamic and frame improvements over the loosely developed Aventador. Only 40 examples are to be constructed. The group has recently indicated that it is planning an entrance to Le Mans 2021 for a different type of hypercars, and the SCV12 is expected to provide the base for its racer in the plant.
It features the 6.5-liter, naturally aspired V12 engine from Lamborghini in its best tuning condition yet, delivering 830hp. This is much more efficient than the Sián hybrid hypercar (by 10hp). Certain powertrain improvements involve a revised dual-exit exhaust system that enhances output and creates a distinctive engine tone, along with a new Xtrac 6-speed sequential gearbox.
The design features several hexagonal elements including the front headlights and roof scoop shape. It also gets alloy wheels with 19-inch (front) and 20-inch (rear).
A big topic of interest is the detailed aero kit influenced by a Huracán GT3 racer from Lamborghini. It includes a dual-air intake on the cap, a roof-mounted air scoop, a large front splitter and winglets that send air to the gaping side intakes that cool the engine and gearbox in turn. The additions together with the large, adjustable rear spoiler of the SCV12, help the hypercar to generate 1,200 kg of downforce at 250kph.
The body is built around a new monocoque carbon fiber chassis and although the exact weight of the car has not been disclosed, Lamborghini claims a power-to – weight ratio of about 2hp per 1 kg. The lightweight bodyshell of the race car is split into three different parts such that broken pieces can be easily repaired during pit stoppages.
The interior features plenty of Alcantara and carbon, dividing driver and passenger seats with a Y-shaped carbon structure. The SCV12 is fitted with a multi-function steering wheel with an in-built telemetry system – modeled after those seen in Formula 1 vehicles – a pair of FIA-approved carbon fiber racing seats and red door pull grips instead of traditional weight saving handles.
SCV12 owners will be enrolled in what Lamborghini calls a “exclusive club,” which will enable them to drive their car on various global race circuits from 2021, store the car in a new purpose-built hangar at the Sant’Agata manufacturer ‘s headquarters and participate in the same athletic training program as the racing drivers of Squadra Corse.
At the customer track meetings, Squadra Corse engineers will be on site, accompanied by five-time Le Mans champion Emanuele Pirro and Lamborghini driver Marco Mapelli, who will provide the 40 SCV12 owners with track driving advices.