Improbably as it may seem, Lamborghini's turning its crossover into a racer.
With the arguable exception of the LM002, the Lamborghini Urus would seem about as far from a racing car as anything the Raging Bull marque has ever made. Yet that's exactly what it's turning the crossover into.
Alongside the Aventador-based SC18 concept, Lamborghini's Squadra Corse racing department revealed the Urus ST-X concept at the World Finale event for its Super Trofeo series this weekend at the legendary Vallelunga circuit outside Rome. But while it's billed as a “concept,” the Italian automaker actually plans to build a batch of them to race in a new championship.
The ST-X is closely based on the road-going Urus, but features a number of upgrades designed not for taking it off road, but onto the track. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine (for the time being at least) remains in stock form, producing the same 641 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque as the one you can buy (if you're so fortunate) at your local Lamborghini dealership. But it has bigger intakes to better cool it and a racing exhaust to help it breath. It also boasts a rear wing, carbon-fiber hood, FT3 fuel tank, and rides on 21-inch center-lock alloys wearing (unspecified) Pirelli rubber.
The biggest changes may be inside the large cabin, wich has been stripped out and fitted with a roll cage and fire-suppression system. The changes help shave 25 percent off the curb weight, which means it should weigh about 3,675 pounds (instead of 4,900), or about the same as an Aventador.
Lamborghini plans to use the Urus ST-X as the backbone for a new racing series to debut in 2020 on FIA-approved circuits across Europe and the Middle East, allowing gentleman racers to simply show up and drive, with the factory taking care of everything else.