Could Lamborghini’s new track special be a precursor to Le Mans effort?

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Lamborghini has released more details of its Essenza SCV12, a track-only special that features the most powerful, naturally aspirated V12 the company has ever produced, with an output over 830bhp.

Marketed as a track-day offering, the car actually has the trappings of an all-out race machine, including a full-composite chassis, push-rod actuated suspension and a six-speed, Xtrac developed transmission. The Audi-owned company boasts that the new-generation, carbon-fiber monocoque chassis is without internal rollcage, while the Essenza SCV12 is also said to be the first GT car developed with the FIA’s prototype safety rules. And so although details are sparse, this specification would theoretically make the car a sound basis for a Le Mans Hypercar project!

On paper, the SCV12 is exactly the sort of car the ACO and FIA were looking to attract to the class and its spec fits the rules well. The latest revision to the rules saw maximum power dropped to 670bhp to bring hypercars in line with IMSA’s LMDh platform, with a minimum weight of 1,030kg. The Lamborghini V12 easily meets the power output, though admittedly with a base weight of 1,370kg, extensive trimming to get the vehicle to minimum weight.

Maurizio Reggiani, chief technical officer of Automobili Lamborghini, hinted at a racing future for the car: “The Essenza SCV12 is the ultimate expression of the V12 naturally aspirated engine, the symbol of our brand since 1963. It is a project in which we combined the pursuit of engineering perfection with refined aerodynamics, futuristic design, and innovative solutions such as the carbon monocoque without internal roll-cage. The result is an engaging and uncompromising car, born to race and to showcase on the track the characteristics that have made Lamborghini famous worldwide, guaranteeing unique and special emotions for both the driver and onlookers.”

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