This could be an epic rivalry.
Racing fans are in for a treat next year as the top-tier LMP1 class at Le Mans is being replaced with a new hypercar class. New regulations will see racing cars more closely resemble their road-going production counterparts.
Aston Martin, for one, has confirmed it will enter a racing version of the Valkyrie in the 2020/21 FIA World Endurance Championship, including 2021 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Toyota is also working on a race car based on the GR Super Sport Concept shown at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon. And now Lamborghini could be joining the new Le Mans hypercar class as well.
Speaking to Autocarduring the Goodwood Festival of Speed, company boss Stefano Domenicali confirmed that Lamborghini is considering entering the new hypercar class and that a decision will be made before the end of the year.
"There are discussions and we are looking to understand the regulations to see if it is of interest,” said Domenicali, who previously headed up arch-rival Ferrari's F1 team. "There is nothing to say until the evaluation is finished, and at that point the answer could be yes or no. For now, it is possible.”
But which car could Lamborghini enter? According to Domenicali, the one-off Lamborghini SC18 built by Lamborghini’s racing division, Squadra Corse, is a strong contender. "We don’t have the budget to invest in a totally new project, but the SC18 shows that we have a base for what could be an interesting approach,” he said. "The car shows that we have internal capabilities for such a project.” Based on the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, the SC18 is a track-only supercar with extreme aerodynamics and the Aventador SVJ’s 6.5-liter V12 engine producing 770 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque
Ferrari was also expected to enter the new Le Mans hypercar class, but reports claim the automaker has pulled out. So it looks we won’t be seeing any epic duels between Ferrari and Lamborghini, sadly. Hopefully, we’ll get to see Lamborghini and Aston Martin battle it out on the track instead.