While Lamborghini has been making incredibly exciting road cars for quite some time, the brand’s racing division has gone unnoticed until recently. Fortunately, 40 customers will be able to get their hands on the Essenza SCV12, the Italian manufacturer’s latest track hypercar.
As you can guess, the name Essenza translates to gasoline – with this car Lamborghini Squadra Corse wanted to represent the spirit and soul of the company with the purest machine and experience.
Before we get an angry crowd in the comments shouting that this is just a Huracán Super Trofeo race car, the SCV12 is a mostly bespoke creation. Of course, you could argue that some things like the rear spoiler and airbox are found in Lambo’s parts bin, but the similarities end there.
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It will be the Italian maker’s most powerful hypercar to date, featuring a naturally aspirated 830 horsepower (619 kilowatt) V12 connected to a six-speed sequential gearbox. The engine produces an exceptional power-to-weight ratio of 1.66 horsepower per kilogram thanks to a lightweight carbon fiber chassis – the survival cell is so strong the vehicle does not need a traditional roll cage to protect its occupants.
To help customers get the most out of their vehicles, the Italian manufacturer called on five-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Emanuele Pirro and Marco Mapelli, one of the Italian manufacturer’s GT3 factory drivers. Ownership of the SCV12 comes with high quality instructions from Pirro and Mapelli, and the race car and support team can be dispatched to just about any track in the world.
The aeronautics department looks just as promising as it is headed by the Italian manufacturer’s racing division. Thanks to years of racing experience, the Italian hypercar’s technical package is capable of producing 2,756 pounds (1,200 kilograms) of downforce at 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour).
Regardless of the numbers, it’s refreshing to see that Lamborghini not only provides a stellar vehicle, but a great way to experience it as well. We would love to even be able to share an espresso with names like Pirro and Mapelli, let alone drive the car.