Automobili Lamborghini has been absolutely “a fuoco” in the month of July. It was just a couple of weeks ago that the legendary Italian supercar manufacturer unveiled their brand new supercapacitor-equipped 217 mph Sián Roadster. And now this week Lamborghini announced the creation of another automotive masterpiece in the new Lamborghini Essenza SCV12.
This new purpose-built GT from Lamborghini is sadly, one that those with the means, cannot take home and park in the driveway as the Essenza SCV12 is a track-only hypercar limited to just 40 units.
Essenza SCV12 customers will become part of an exclusive club that will give them access to special programs to drive their hypercar on the most prestigious circuits in the world. The program includes storage service in a new hangar built in Sant’Agata Bolognese for the Essenza SCV12 club. Each car will have a personalized garage and dedicated services, including webcams to allow customers to monitor their cars 24 hours a day using an app. The facility also houses the “Lamborghini Squadra Corse Drivers Lab” by Tecnobody to offer athletic training programs similar to those followed by the official Lamborghini racing drivers.
The track calendar will start in 2021 with “arrive and drive” events held at numerous FIA Grade 1 homologated circuits. Assistance will be provided by the Squadra Corse technical staff with the support of Emanuele Pirro, five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and an excellent tutor for the customer-drivers; and Marco Mapelli, Lamborghini Squadra Corse Factory Driver.
Those that can afford to participate in this exclusive club will also receive the designation of having an unseemly amount of f**k you money (as designated by me).
“With Essenza SCV12 we wanted to elevate not only performance and driving pleasure but also the experience off the track,” said Giorgio Sanna, Head of Lamborghini Motorsport. “Customers can take advantage of exclusive and highly customizable services to fully experience the best of Italian hospitality and become part of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse family.”
The Essenza SCV12 comes with the most powerful V12 naturally aspirated engine (6.5 liter) ever developed by Lamborghini.
“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. “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 motorsport.”
The Essenza SCV12 features an exceptional power-to-weight ratio of 1.66 hp/kg thanks to a new-generation carbon fiber monocoque chassis without an internal rollcage and is able to deliver over 830 hp using a new X-trac sequential six-speed gearbox that serves as a structural element within the chassis.
The Essenza SCV12 is also the first GT car developed to respect FIA prototype safety rules and produces higher downforce levels than a GT3 car, with a value of 1,200 kg at 250 km/h (2,645 lbs at 155 mph).
To top it off, the multifunction steering wheel is essentially straight out of Formula One, as is the specific FIA homologated OMP seat with carbon shell.
“I was excited about this project from the very start, because it would allow us to create a car that was different but at the same time unmistakably Lamborghini, extreme but stylistically very clean, as a real racing car should be,” said Mitja Borkert, Head of Lamborghini Centro Stile. “With the Essenza SCV12 we pay tribute to both our racing past and the present: the large rear wing, side fins and front splitter are elements taken from the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and GT3 EVO. This car is the perfect combination of our tradition and what we imagine for the future.”
Hard to argue with that.