620kW track-only Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 revealed

2020 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12- cabin

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 is 819bhp-plus track-only hypercar

The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 has been unveiled in Italy, with the special hypercar designed purely as a machine for the track.

Also, Lamborghini claims that the SCV12 produces more downforce than a GT3-class race auto, further adding fuel to the hype that already surrounds the vehicle.

All the power available is handled by a new X-trac sequential six-speed gearbox as a structural element within the chassis while the exhaust pipes were designed by Capristo to reduce the back pressure, improving performance and emphasizing the unique sound of the engine. The power-to-weight ratio? An exceptional 1.66 horsepower/kg. It's also the first GT vehicle to be developed in adherence to the FIA's prototype safety rules. "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. The Essenza SCV12 will have a production run of just 40 units, all powered by the most powerful V12 Lambo has ever produced. The front hood has a double air intake with a central rib and is similar to the Huracan racing cars, which separates the hot air flow coming from the radiator and conveys the cold air to the air-scoop located on the roof. Braking is courtesy of Brembo Motorsports. Aside from the bespoke bonnet, the front features a splitter and two lateral elements, while vertical fins on the side sills and an adjustable double-profile rear wing complete the package.

Giorgio Sanna, Head of Lamborghini Motorsport, said: "With Essenza SCV12 we wanted to elevate not only performance and driving pleasure but also the experience off the track". The essential nature of the auto is underscored by the structure of the bodywork, formed by only three elements to enable quick replacement when necessary during pit stops.

The exclusive Verde Silvans, Grigio Linx, Nero Aldebaran Gloss and Arancio California launch livery is a standout, while the car's dynamic lines are said to "combine the appeal of 1970s prototypes with elements typical of modern Lamborghinis, such as the hexagonal geometry". The Italian supercar manufacturer has been teasing the SCV12 from October 2019 and it looks like the wait is finally going to get over.

The design of the multifunction steering wheel with display was inspired by F1 single-seater steering wheels while the specific FIA homologated OMP seat with carbon shell embraces the driver to ensure comfort, safety and stability. The 40 owners will be assisted by the Squadra Corse technical staff with the support of Emanuele Pirro, five-time victor of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and an excellent tutor for the customer-drivers; and Marco Mapelli, Lamborghini Squadra Corse Factory Driver.

Making the deal even sweeter is the fact that purchasing one of these 40 Essenza SCV12s also confers access to a series of exclusive track events along with storage space in a new building (a hangar, Lamborghini says) that the company has built at its facility in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

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