For 57 years Lamborghini has designed and produced luxury sports cars for fans and lovers of speed the world over. The Italian company is dedicated for bringing their cars to the public as the very best of the best when it comes to the sportier of the high-end vehicles. Known for rear-wheel drive cars with rear-mid engine placement, the company was actually founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini with a vision of manufacturing a luxury grand touring vehicle, as they wanted to be a main Ferrari competitor; however, they are mostly known for their Miura sport coupe from 1966, as well as more recent models like their Aventador S Roadster and Huracan (not to mention their crossover SUV line). In brief, what started out as a good thing has managed to not only become better, but it has held its own as one of the best, just as the past reflects.
Now, fast-forward to the present, never forgetting the fact that even Lamborghini had humble beginnings. Surprisingly, we aren’t going to focus our attention on a Lamborghini model that just anyone can rush out and buy; as a matter of fact, we are going to pretty much forego the street sports car route altogether by offering you information about a new Lamborghini model that is classified as a ‘track-only’ sports car. The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 was released in July of this year, and is definitely not for the regular shopper. But if you love racing and are hip to anything Lamborghini, you are about to acquire a wealth of new knowledge that would make any die-hard lover of the make envious.
So, let’s get you familiar with this brand new Lamborghini model. Below is one of our regular staples: a ’10 Things’ list. This time we are going to beef up our brains regarding the new and incredible 2020 Essenza SCV12 by spoon-feeding you ten facts that you are sure to not know (or pretty sure, at the very least). There’s a lot of good stuff here, so get comfortable and dig in.
1. Not Just A Lamborghini…
Okay, don’t panic; of course the Essenza SCV12 is a Lamborghini, but that’s not the only flag this car flies. It is technically manufactured by Lamborghini under Squadra Corse, a racing division that is part of Lamborghini and is credited with responsibility for building what is being referred to as a hypercar, and is compared to the Diablo GTR. For those just learning, a hypercar is defined as being ‘the most superior and high-performance [of such] cars on the market worldwide’, according to Howard’s Motor Group. The 1963 Lamborghini Miura (also known as the P400) is considered the first of the hypercars. It is important to not that this lap-time crusher is a limited-run model.
2. About That Engine…
Lambo’s Essenza SCV12 is no slouch in the power department. As we mentioned before, it is manufactured as ‘track-only’, and its claim to fame is the SCV12, a V12 that puts out 819 bhp. Lamborghini claims this is the most powerful engine Lamborghini ha ever made. It sends all that drive to the rear wheels by means of a six-speed sequential gearbox. It also has a self-locking differential permits the driver of the car to literally apply the proper amount of grip in accordance to the track the car is on. Crazy, huh? It’s fast, has great handling, and to put it simply, its damn fast, which we think is about as perfect as you can get on the race track.
3. So, It’s Limited?
Yep, that’s what we said. It’s limited. Lamborghini and its Squadra Corse racing division will only manufacture 40 of these race cars for this model year, according to Car Magazine. The company has yet to release a price for the new racer, but we’re pretty certain it’s going to garner the attention of those racing lovers with the money to pursue their passion…think about it.
4. The Best Spot in the Lot
Each one of the new Lamborghini Essanza SCV12 comes with all that power, and certainly an abundance of beauty…just look at those curves! You know this track-only car is a performer for a variety of reasons. But it also comes with another perk, one you wouldn’t quite expect. With only 40 units being produced, it was easy for Lamborghini to also give each car its own exclusive parking spot at the Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy Lamborghini headquarters. If you weren’t someone before, you definitely are after buying one.
5. Lightweight, For Greater Speed
The engine is just the beginning of things when it comes to the power one feels when behind the wheel of the Essanza SCV12. The fact is that the mechanical aspects work together with a strategically designed carbon fiber monocoque chassis, and the wheels themselves measure 19” in the front and 20” in the back, and are constructed of lightweight magnesium. The whole package is essentially a beautiful marriage in the end, a marriage that can reach a claimed top speed of more than 210 mph.
6. Livery Options
When speaking of a car’s livery, what is being referred to is the color scheme and sticker options (such as sticker design and layout) on the exterior. When it comes to the 2021 Essenza SCV12 you are looking at four different available liveries, so with only 40 units being made you can expect ten of each. The livery options on the car include Arancio California, Verde Silvans, Nero Aldebaran Gloss, and Grigio Linx; all four are available only with the Essenza SCV12.
7. A Completely Unique Interior
The cockpit styling of this particular racecar is completely unique unto itself, according to Top Speed. They further state that there isn’t even a hint of the Essanza’s predecessors, the Huracan or Aventador. The steering wheel itself (looking nothing like a wheel, as is common with race cars) has a display in the center, which was actually inspired by Formula One race cars, however. With that being the only real derivation, the cockpit here stands alone.
8. Playing By the Rules
The Essenza SCV12 is the first race car to be built in accordance with FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) prototype safety rules. It features an FIA approved carbon composite crash structure as well. Both of these two points are big claims to fame for the new race car, and they also don’t hurt when it comes to listing pros and cons. As you may know, meeting FIA rules and guidelines while producing a prototype that is as powerful and effective as the Essanza SCV12 is quite a feat, and definitely one worth knowing about.
9. Not Legal to Drive…
…Technically speaking. The 2021 Essanza SCV12 is a race car, and is legal only on the track. But wouldn’t it be tempting to break the rules a bit if you actually owned one? Of course, it would. That’s why Lamborghini actually recommends that the car be kept with them, in its own special parking spot, of course, when it is not being raced. Kinda has a way of taking the air out of your sails a bit, doesn’t it? Yes, but we think if this is a safety measure the company feels compelled to take there certainly must be a reason.
10. That Price, Though…
We’ve covered the basics, and now we’re down to the real nitty-gritty. This incredibly powerful and breathtakingly beautiful car is going to cost you if you are actually in the market for one. Brace yourself, because you can expect to pay around $3.5 million dollars for it, and that’s just the beginning of the line. For the majority of us, this car will never be anything more than mind-blowing eye candy. But some will have it, and that’s a dream worth chasing.
So now you know…Lamborghini is always hard at work, and the Essenza SCV12 is rolling proof. Facts are facts, and this car has some fine points that are mighty darn appealing. But safety is of the essence; that’s why it’s so impressive that this prototype meets FIA standards and guidelines. It will be interesting to see this car in action, as I’m sure you’ll agree. So keep your eyes and ears peeled, because its day is going to come.