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Lamborghini SCV12: track-only model previewed ahead of unveil

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Lamborghini has revealed the first images and details of its new track-only hypercar developed by the firm’s Squadra Corse motorsport division. 

Called the SCV12, it’s been shown in full in prototype livery for the first time ahead of a full wraps-off unveiling later this summer. The Italian brand says it features the most powerful version of its naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 it has built to date – claiming it’s “capable of exceeding 830hp (819bhp)”.

The SCV12’s motorsport-centred development means aerodynamic efficiency has been a core focus, with Lamborghini claiming it produces more downforce than a GT3 racing car. Visible from the front is a double air intake and central rib, which sends airflow to a ram-air scoop on the roof. A large front splitter, vertical fins on the sills and a custom-built carbon wing are part of the downforce-boosting add-ons. 

Though based around the underpinnings of the Aventador, Squadra Corse has developed a “new fully carbon fibre chassis” boosting the power-to weight ratio, though no figures are quoted. Rear-drive only, the V12 puts its power through a six-speed sequential gearbox used as a structural element within the chassis. 

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Further race-spec upgrades include pushrod rear suspension installed directly onto the gearbox, while there’s also specially developed Pirelli tyres fitted to magnesium wheels (19inches on the front and 20 inches at the rear). 

Last year Lambo boss Stefano Domenicali confirmed it is evaluating a entry into the 2021 Le Mans hypercar category. It’s highly likely that, if the go-ahead is given for racing, the SCV12 will be the base car. 

No pricing details have been revealed for the new model, which follows on from the road-usable SC18, but production will be extremely limited. As with many restricted track-only models customers will participate in “advanced driving programmes at some of the world’s most prestigious circuits”. This includes technical; assistance from Squadra Corse engineers.

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