Lamborghini is building a track-only hypercar dubbed SCV12, due for release in the third quarter of this year.
Powered by a highly tuned naturally aspirated V12 engine, it features an aggressive aero package and a carbon fibre chassis. The name derives, obviously, from an abbreviation of the term supercar and its engine designation.
Lamborghini states that it will be the most powerful version of its V12 powertrain to date, packing over 820bhp (611kW). Helping to deliver the horses is a roof-mounted ram-air scoop, forcing additional oxygen through the engine’s intake to increase performance.
This machine will intrigue the well-heeled purist because the SCV12 will send all of its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission (ISR for Independent Shifting Rod gearbox, said to be twice as quick as a DSG box).
Of note, the gearbox is used as a structural member in the car’s platform, helping to support the pushrod rear suspension system. This not only helps reduce overall weight but also optimises weight distribution.
The SCV12’s platform comprises carbon fibre only, while its aero body features a braced front splitter, front and rear canards, finned side skirts, a deep rear diffuser and an enormous carbon fibre rear wing. Evidently the SCV12 can generate more downforce than a GT3 racer.
Gargantuan brake discs are slowed by six-piston calipers, and the car runs Pirelli slicks and asymmetric magnesium wheels, 19 inches up front and 20 inches on the rear.
Each buyer can participate in an advanced driver training programme run by five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans champion, Emanuele Pirro, also involving Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse engineers.