This is as close as you can get to an F1 car without actually being in one.
It really has felt like Christmas in July for Lamborghini fans. First, the Sian Roadster was unveiled with its savage 819-horsepower hybrid powertrain and outrageous looks. Then yesterday, the Italian marque teased a new track-only hypercar that led us to believe a reveal was imminent.
Well, we haven't had to wait much longer because here it is in all its glory - the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12. Notably, the naturally aspirated V12 engine is the most powerful of its type to ever be fitted to a Lamborghini, with over 830 horsepower on tap. A mere 40 Essenza SCV12s will be made.
The manufacturer says that the new hypercar is the "direct descendant" of other Lambos like the Diablo GTR and the Miura Jota. Along with that monstrously powerful V12, an X-trac sequential six-speed gearbox is used. Power is sent to the rear wheels and the superb power-to-weight ratio of 1.66 hp/kg was achieved by the use of a new carbon-fiber monocoque chassis.
Racing prototypes are said to have inspired elements like the push-rod rear suspension, which is packaged on top of the gearbox. Advanced aerodynamics ensures 2,646 pounds of downforce at a speed of 155 mph, which is higher downforce than that seen in a GT3 car.
It's just as well that the Essenza SCV12 wasn't designed for road use, as it would probably cause a dangerous amount of commotion wherever it went. The extreme appearance was completed by Lamborghini Centro Stile, with the bodywork allowing for quick replacement when undergoing a pit stop. A mix of hexagonal shapes and sharp lines inspired by 1970s prototypes characterize the look.
In the dramatic cabin, there is a multifunction steering wheel with an integrated display, a design that is a clear nod to F1 single-seater steering wheels. An FIA homologated OMP seat features a carbon shell and holds the driver firmly in place.
"Essenza SCV12 represents the purest track driving experience that our brand can offer," said CEO and Chairman of Automobili Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali. Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani noted the significance of the emotive powertrain. "Essenza SCV12 is the ultimate expression of the V12 naturally aspirated engine, the symbol of our brand since 1963."
To encourage customers to drive the Essenza as it was designed to be driven, they will join an exclusive club providing access to famous circuits around the globe. This isn't just a car; customers will be buying into an experience. No pricing was announced, but expect to cough up millions for the privilege.