Lamborghini has revealed its monstrous track-only Essenza SCV12.
Lamborghini has taken the wraps off its heavily teased track-only beasty boy. Meet the 620kW Essenza SCV12.
“The 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,” said Stefano Domenicali, CEO and chairman of Automobili Lamborghini.
Sounds about right – the Essenza can trace its lineage back to the Miura Jota and Diablo GTR as being the most outrageous, rulebook-out-the-window versions of their road-going counterparts.
The SCV12 is (loosely) based on the Aventador and sources its power from a highly fettled version of its 6.5-litre V12, now producing upwards of 620kW, with an unspecified power boost achieved at high speeds thanks to ram-air intakes. It is also spun 180 degrees, which means power is sent directly to the rear wheels instead of forward into a central differential like in the all-paw Aventador. This allows Lambo to put the six-speed sequential gearbox at the back and bolt the rear suspension directly onto the transmission, making it a stressed member of the car. Real racing stuff, this.
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It’s not quite the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever – that honour stays with the 1000hp (745kW) V12 in Aston Martin’s Valkyrie – but it’s almost certainly the most powerful to come out of Italy to date, and possibly ever, thanks to the pressures of electrification and forced induction.
“Essenza SCV12 is the ultimate expression of the V12 naturally aspirated engine, the symbol of our brand since 1963,” says Maurizio Reggiani, chief technical officer of Automobili Lamborghini. “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.”
Mention the monocoque, Lambo says its so strong that the Essenza can race in FIA races without an internal rollcage. It also saves weight, being made from carbon fibre. All in, the racecar weighs just 1377kg sans fuel, which is more than 181kg less than an Aventador S.
There is also some aerodynamic witchcraft at work, as you might have noticed in the pictures. Lambo’s Squadra Corsa engineers have worked their magic with various splitters, creases, vents and that massive wing to ensure higher levels of downforce than a GT3 car. Apparently, the SCV12 produces 1200kg of pressure at 250kmh, which is almost as much as the car weighs.
“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 sports car manufacturer and our true passion for motor sport.”