Last week Lamborghini Squadra Corse invited me to attend a development test of their new Essenza SCV12, Lamborghini’s track-only hypercar unveiled a couple of months ago. No, I’m not one of the lucky owners of this beast but they gave me the amazing opportunity to be the first one to record the SCV12 in the raw, pure sound way I have accustomed you during all these years. If that wasn’t enough they also allowed me both to take some clips of the engine bay and to put my GoPro inside the cockpit for a couple of laps around Monza Circuit (I’ll upload a dedicated video for the on board laps). Due to Monza’s characteristics, the day was mainly focused on testing brakes and their behavior, trying different solutions. During this test the development car was driven by Emanuele Pirro and Raffaele Giammaria.
The Essenza SCV12 is the result of the combined work of Lamborghini Squadra Corse and Lamborghini Centro Stile. It’s powered by the production 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine able to produce up to 830 hp and linked to a X-trac sequential 6-speed gearbox that unloads the power to the rear wheels. The aerodynamic package comes from Squadra Corse’s experience with the Huracan Super Trofeo and GT3 cars. The bodywork is formed by only three elements to enable quick replacement when necessary during pit stops. The chassis of the SCV12 is a new-generation carbon fiber monocoque without internal rollcage, making it the first GT car developed to respect FIA prototype safety rules. A total of 40 cars will be built and, as it happens with XX cars for Ferrari or P1 and Senna GTRs for Mclaren, customers will be able to drive them from 2021 in “arrive and drive” events held at FIA Grade 1 homologated circuits.
I’m pretty sure I will never forget this day and I cannot thank Lamborghini enough for this unbelievable opportunity. Hope you like the video, guys!