Lamborghini does a wild-child gentleman racer

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Words: NZ Autocar
30 Jul 2020

After months of teasing, and just days after releasing details of its SVJ Xago limited edition hypercar, the company announces the arrival of its customer racer, the Essenza SCV12.

It takes styling cues from the company’s GT3 racers and uses Lamborghini’s most powerful V12 engine yet, the 6.5L unit generating more than 611kW (819bhp).

The Essenza SCV12 is a track car only, and just 40 examples will be built.

Designed by Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse racing division, it features extensive mechanical, aerodynamic and chassis upgrades over the Aventador on which it is based. It's likely the SCV12 will provide the basis for its 2021 entry into Le Mans 24-hour race.

The circuit racer uses an aero package inspired by Lamborghini’s Huracán GT3 flyer, with a dual air intake on the bonnet, a roof-mounted air scoop, a big front splitter, and winglets that direct air to the side intakes for engine and gearbox cooling.

Along with an adjustable rear spoiler, the SCV12 can evidently generate over a tonne of downforce at 250km/h. That’s more than the Senna can muster.

Minor modifications to the powertrain include a new dual-exit exhaust system, and an X-trac sequential six-speed gearbox. Push-rod rear suspension is mounted directly onto the gearbox. Special items include asymmetric magnesium wheels wrapped in slick Pirelli tyres with motorsport-developed Brembo stoppers.

The body, divided into three separate components for ease of replacement, is built around a new carbon fibre monocoque tub. No weight has been disclosed but Lamborghini states a power-to-weight ratio of roughly 1.5kW per 1kg. No roll cage is required, such is the strength of the carbon fibre structure.

Like the SVJ Xago, this car makes use of hexagonal styling elements and also Lamborghini’s new Y-shaped motif.

In the cabin, which drips with Alcantara and carbon, the SCV12 features a multifunction steering wheel with in-built telemetry display. There’s also a set of FIA-approved carbon fibre racing seats.

SCV12 owners will join an “exclusive club”, letting them drive at various global race circuits from next year onwards. Their cars will be stored in a purpose-built hangar at the Sant’Agata headquarters of Lamborghini.

Squadra Corse engineers will be on hand at the customer track events, with driving instruction from the likes of Emanuele Pirro, a five-time Le Mans champion.

No price was announced at the reveal but figure on it being astronomical.

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