As the first joint project between the Squadra Corse racing department and the in-house Centro Stile, Lamborghini presents a limited racing car for private customers that has been consistently developed without road registration. The new Essenza SCV12 will instead be used in the ‘Club Essenza SCV12’ at various events starting next year. This idea sounds familiar to you? No wonder, as it is used in a very similar form for example at Ferrari, where the XX Clienti can enjoy similar attention for almost 15 years now. Also the number of 40 copies of the Essenza SCV12 strongly reminds of FXX, 599XX and FXX K. In Sant’Agata, however, the car is a worthy successor of Miura Jota, Diablo GTR and Murciélago R-GT.
Like these historical models, the Essenza SCV12 also has a twelve-cylinder heart. This is the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 engine in Lamborghini’s history. Thanks to dynamic charging by a hybrid system, more than 830 hp are available, which are transferred to the rear axle via a brand new six-speed X-trac gearbox. Together with Capristo the exhaust system is created with little exhaust back pressure. The carbon monocoque comes without a steel rollcage and at the same time reduces the power-to-weight ratio to 1.66 kilograms per hp. The rear push rod suspensions are supported directly on the transmission. Front 19-inch and rear 20-inch wheels with slick tyres from Pirelli and a large-format racing brake system from Brembo round off the technology package.
The carbon-fibre body with extremely sophisticated aerodynamics was created in the wind tunnel of the Squadra Corse racing team on the basis of the design sketches by chief designer Mitja Borkert and his team. At 155 mph, 1.2 tons of downforce are available (more than in the Huracán GT3 racing car) without reducing efficiency at the same time. In front of the windscreen, two air outlets divide the warm exhaust air from the radiators into two streams, which are directed to the wide rear wing. At the same time, cold air can reach the roof scoop via the middle of the car. The rear wing is joined by an adjustable front splitter, vertical fins on the sills and a wide rear diffuser. For the presentation version, the car was painted in ‘Verde Selvans’ (green) with accents in ‘Grigio Lynx’ (grey), ‘Nero Aldebaran’ (black) and ‘Arancio California’ (orange). The sponsor logos of the participating companies Roger Dubuis, Pirelli and Pertamina are also included.
Inside, the Essenza SCV12 offers space enough for two people, each of them being held in OMP racing bucket seats with FIA approval with five-point harnesses. The driver holds a specially redesigned rectangular multifunction steering wheel with integrated display in his hands. Instead of the interior mirror, another display is located centrally under the headlining, which shows either driving data or the pictures of the rear view camera. There are 14 push buttons and four rotary switches in the Y-shaped center console. Below them, in a red bordered section on the center tunnel, is the start button, which brings the V12 to life. In order to be able to do this as often as possible, all 40 customers will automatically receive a membership in the Club Essenza SCV12, giving them access to exclusive driving events on prestigious race tracks around the world. In addition to a pit crew there to change settings and tyres, five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro and Lamborghini factory driver Marco Mapelli will be on hand to give the drivers tips on the ideal line and the best possible lap times. In a newly built hangar at the factory in Sant’Agata, each vehicle is given its own pit box and is prepared for each event by specially trained technicians. Customers will also have access to the new ‘Lamborghini Squadra Corse Drivers Lab’, where special training programmes are offered.