Lamborghini is no stranger to building track-only supercars for the affluent who like to occasionally hit the race tracks. The most famous of these racing models would probably be the Diablo GTR. But for the millionaires and billionaires that actually want to go fast and rewrite local track records, Lamborghini’s newest track-only hypercar, the Essenza SCV12, should be added to their collection.
“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.
The Essenza SCV12 is possibly the wildest looking Lamborghini by far. It also packs the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 engine to ever come from the Italian supercar builder. From the styling alone, you can tell it is ready to rip up the race track.
Upfront, it doesn’t have Lamborghini’s signature large headlights. Instead, they are integrated lower and nearer the wide air vent. Who needs big headlights on their track day car, right? At the rear, it gets even wilder with a “longtail” like design, integrated diffuser, and a massive wing. Magnesium wheels wrapped in slick Pirelli tires ensure it stays planted on the tarmac.
As radical as it looks, the design of the Essenza SCV12 is fully functional. It was penned by Lamborghini Centro Stile, which has designed all racing cars produced by Lamborghini since Squadra Corse was established. According to Lamborghini, it produces more downforce than its GT3 racer. The chassis is also built using carbon fiber to save weight.
Under the hood, the naturally aspirated V12 produces over 830 horsepower with a “significant power uplift from a ram effect at high speeds”. Power is then sent to the ground via a 6-speed X-trac sequential transmission. Combined with the lightweight chassis, the Essenza SCV12 has a power-to-weight ratio of 1.66 hp per kilogram.
To let customers experience the Essenza SCV12 to the fullest, Lamborghini will be including driving lessons taught by five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro. They will get to drive the track-only Lambo at various tracks around the world.
Only 40 units of the Essenza SCV12 will be built globally. Better yet, Lamborghini did not say it has been sold out. So if you happen to be shopping for one of the fastest track day cars, then this track-only Lamborghini is perfect.