When you think of Lamborghini, the first words that come to mind are speed, super, sexy, and most importantly, absolutely mental!! That’s always been the motto of Lamborghini, to not just be fast, but be fast in a way that fans gasp.
And by the time fans could catch their breath with the unveiling of the Sian, Lamborghini has dropped yet another banger with the teaser of their latest track weapon, the SCV12, its long rumoured V12 supercar. And boy oh boy!! it gave butterflies in their stomachs and twinkle in the eyes. Since it is a track-only spec, Lamborghini just threw all practicality out of the window and brought its raw craziness back. Completely designed by Lamb’s racing division, Squadra Course, the SCV12 is a stripped off supercar with just one motive, to tear up the racing track. Underneath its hood is an updated version of the 6.5 litre V12, producing a mind-blowing 830 bhp, one of the most powerful naturally aspirated engines till date and the most powerful that Lamborghini has ever produced.
Power is sent to the rear wheels by a 6-speed sequential gearbox. On the outside it is mental but finely engineered to make it go fast. The double intake and the central rib doesn’t just make it look like a predator out for its hunt, but also sends more air through to the roof scoop and the engine. This is one of the major reasons why a naturally aspirated engine can produce so much power. Other aero enhancements on the front include a prominent front splitter, lateral flicks, and vertical fins on the side sills.
Additionally, a huge carbon-fibre rear wing will keep the Lamborghini SCV12 glued to the track. According to Lamborghini, these aero enhancements help the SCV12 generate higher downforce levels than a GT3 race car. A full carbon fibre chassis will also optimize the car’s power-to-weight ratio, making it absolutely thrilling to throw around corners. Lamborghini hasn’t confirmed anything on how many cars it intends to make, but it would be limited edition for sure.
When the Aventador replaced the Murcielago in 2011, it was an engineering masterpiece. People could finally have a Lamborghini that could go around corners and still tear up the tarmac. It was stylish, fast, and loaded with features that made it practical. But Alas!! practicality is where the problems began. Lamborghinis were essentially never meant to be practical. They were supposed to be absolutely wild and untamable. Only God could save the man behind the wheel. And when the Aventador was launched, the true essence of the Lamborghini was lost somewhere in the shadows. Since then, Lamborghini has stuck to making sensible cars like the Huracan and the Urus. Although they did launch some interesting editions like the Sesto Elemento, Aventador SVJ, and the Huracan Evo, the fans started to believe that the ‘absolute craziness’ of the Lamb was lost forever. Well!! the auto-giant had other plans.
It’s not very challenging to make a fast car these days; throw in a big V12, stick a couple of turbos to its side, carbon fibre everywhere and boom!! there you have it. But Lamborghini besides being a synonym for speed has been a fantasy from 15 to 50-year-olds alike.
While big daddy Ferrari and McLaren have amazed us with contenders such as P1 GTR, 812 Superfast, and the SF90, will the new Lamborghini SCV12 outpace them all?
Only time will tell.