The hype has been building and finally the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 has been unveiled. This hypercar has been designed purely with track use in mind and will be limited to a production run of just 40 units. So, if you didn’t receive a call from your local Lambo dealer a few months ago, chances are you aren’t getting one.
As the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 was created exclusively for track use it did not have to comply with any production car regulations. Starting point for this extreme exercise is a carbon fibre monocoque. Behind the passenger cell is the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 engine ever produced by the Italian carmaker. Power is rated as over 610 kW thanks, in part, to a ram-air effect created by the roof-mounted air scoop. You can see the car in action on track here.
Power is sent solely to the rear wheels through an X-trac sequential six-speed gearbox. The transmission case is a structural element within the car. A push-rod rear suspension is attached directly on the gearbox, in a similar fashion to pukka racing prototypes. Pirelli slicks are the final link in the power chain. The footwear is mounted on magnesium rims (19-inch front, 20-inch rear), which cover Brembo brake discs and calipers.
Aero and design
Lamborghini Centro Stile was responsible for the car’s dramatic shape. The frontal aspect is similar to Huracán racer. A prominent splitter, two lateral elements, vertical fins situated on the side sills, a large adjustable double-profile rear wing and rear diffuser are responsible for directing airflow and creating a high level of downforce. Lamborghini says the Essenza SCV12 has 1 200 kg of downward pressure generated at 250 km/h.
Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 customers will have access to special programs to drive their hypercar on famous circuits around the world. The track calendar will start in 2021 with arrive and drive events held at FIA Grade 1 homologated circuits. Assistance will be provided by the Squadra Corse technical staff, which includes Emanuele Pirro, five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Lamborghini Squadra Corse factory driver Marco Mapelli.
In his own words
Stefano Domenicali, CEO and chairman of Automobili Lamborghini, commented: “Essenza SCV12 represents the purest track driving experience that our brand can offer, an engineering feat that highlights the inextricable link between our cars and the asphalt of the track. Lamborghini is a brand constantly looking to the future and searching for new challenges, but we never forget our roots and who we are: Essenza SCV12 is the perfect combination of our unconventional spirit as a super sportscar manufacturer and our true passion for motorsport.”