Lamborghini's New 830 HP Essenza SCV12 is Illegal to Drive on the Highway
After several teases from the iconic Italian brand, the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 limited-edition, track-only hypercar, with the most powerful V12 fitted in any Lambo to date, is finally here.
“The 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,” Stefano Domenicali, CEO, and chairman of Automobili Lamborghini, explained in a press release.
Built for the racetrack
Inspired by racing prototypes, the Essenza SCV12 is a direct descendant of cars such as the Miura Jota and Diablo GTR, according to Automobili Lamborghini.
The track-only hypercar uses racing engineering, making it an impressive beast of a vehicle: the V12 engine has over 830 horsepower (619 kilowatts), and benefits from a significant power uplift from a ram effect when it reaches high speeds.
"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," Stefano Domenicali explained in the Essenza SCV12 press release.
'The ultimate expression of the V12'
The Essenza SCV12 uses a new Xtrac sequential six-speed gearbox, positioned within the chassis. The car features an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 1.66 hp per kilogram thanks to a new-generation carbon fiber monocoque chassis technology that means the car doesn't need to be fitted with an internal rollcage.
Impressively, despite the absence of a rollcage, the Essenza SCV12 is the first GT car to have ever been developed fully in accordance with FIA prototype safety rules. This can only mean that the carbon fiber chassis is so strong it more than makes up for the lack of the rollcage.
"Essenza SCV12 is the ultimate expression of the V12 naturally aspirated engine, the symbol of our brand since 1963," Maurizio Reggiani, chief technical officer of Automobili Lamborghini, explains. "It is a project in which we combined the pursuit of engineering perfection with refined aerodynamics, futuristic design, and innovative solutions such as the carbon monocoque without internal rollcage."
The Essenza SCV12's aerodynamics benefit from Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s GT racing experience to ensure higher downforce levels than a GT3 car, with a value of 2,645 pounds (1,200 kg) at 155 mph (250 km/h).
The limited-edition track-only Lamborghini hypercar will have 40 units developed by Lamborghini Squadra Corse and designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile.