Lamborghini reveals its GTP endurance racing prototype, the SC63
Lamborghini has finally revealed its SC63 hybrid prototype race car that will debut at the 2024 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in January, as well as race in the FIA World Endurance Championship races overseas. The reveal came at the Goodwood Festival of Speed motoring show in England this morning.
The GTP Lamborghini will compete next year in the four North American endurance championship races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, which are at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen, and at the season finale, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Current GTP competitors are Cadillac, BMW, Porsche, and Acura. Additional manufacturers are expected to join the class.
The Lamborghini platform, which is built by Ligier, uses an all-new 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that has been developed by Lamborghini engineers specifically for the racing program. The engine is a “cold V” configuration, meaning that the turbos are mounted outside the “V” angle of the engine which makes them easier to cool and to service. Furthermore, the “cold V” solution lowers the mass and optimizes the car’s center of gravity, Lamborghini says.
Said Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini Chairman and CEO: “The opportunity to compete in some of the biggest endurance races in the world with a hybrid prototype fits with our vision for the future of high-performance mobility, as demonstrated for road legal cars with the launch of the Revuelto. The SC63 LMDh is the step into the highest echelons and into the future of motorsports for our Squadra Corse.” Lamborghini currently competes in the GT classes of sports car racing, which won’t change.
This project follows the “Direzione Cor Tauri” strategy presented in 2021: A roadmap for electrification leading the company to hybridize the entire model range by the end of 2024, “enhancing driving emotions and performance at the same time.”
Drivers will be Lamborghini factory racers Mirko Bortolotti and Andrea Caldarelli, together with new drivers Daniil Kvyat and Romain Grosjean. The latter two have recent race experience in hybrids in Formula 1 and have been able to help the engineers to tune the LMDh system, specifically helping to design the steering wheel controls to allow the driver to control the necessary functions of the hybrid system. Additional drivers will be announced later this year. The Iron Lynx team will field the entries.
“This year marks not only the 60th anniversary of our brand, but also the tenth anniversary of Squadra Corse, Lamborghini’s motorsport division,” said Giorgio Sanna, Lamborghini’s Head of Motorsport. “Over the last decade we have achieved great results. Starting from scratch we have won some of the most prestigious endurance races in the GT category for our production-based racing cars. These include three class wins at the 24 hours of Daytona, and two wins in a row at the Sebring 12 hours. Now we are ready for what is our biggest step into the future of motorsport, measuring ourselves against the best manufacturers in the world.”