Lamborghini’s burliest V-12 will power the track-only SCV12
Behold, after nearly six decades of evolution, Lamborghini has released its most powerful V-12 car ever: the 2020 Lamborghini SCV12: Squadra Corse. If you thought Lamborghinis were typically absurd, the SCV12 stretches your expectations even further with this brainchild of the brand’s Squadra Corse racing division. The 830-hp, track-only hypercar is essentially the product of mad scientists let loose.
Beneath the “Attenzione” caution camo sits a fully-carbon-fiber chassis surrounding the Aventador-based 6.5-liter V-12, all housed in Squadra Corse’s unique carbon-fiber bodywork and aerodynamics package that produces more downforce than Lamborghini’s own FIA-regulated Huracán GT3 EVO.
In fact, Lamborghini credits that work in the wind tunnel for the car’s elevated horsepower rating, stating that “the SCV12’s front bonnet has a double air intake and a central rib directing airflow to the ram-air intake scoop located on the roof.” This ram-air effect “supercharges” the V-12 at higher speeds, which Lamborghini says allows it to exceed the already maniacal output of the devilish powerplant. You can also see vertical ribs along the fenders to stabilize airflow over the oil drum-sized fenders, which house the forward 19-inch magnesium wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires.
Out back, the 20-inch mags are flanked by massive heat exchangers and possibly one of the largest contributions to its track-only status: a total lack of any resemblance of a bumper for massive diffusers and exhaust pipes. We see more vertical spats along the fender, which helps channel air to spill cleanly off the ducktail of the rear deck.
Not unlike the Ferrari FXX and other gauntlet-dropping, track-only hypercars, the ownership of the SCV12 includes track events hosted by Lamborghini with the accompaniment Emanuele Pirro, who carries with him more than four decades of racing experience. His resume includes, just, y’know, five hard-fought wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He’s also the Special Projects Consultant for Lamborghini, so we trust that he knows the magic words to squeeze the most out of this radical machine.
The final premiere is said to happen sometime this summer, but until then, check out our gallery of eye candy and turn your speakers up to 11 to hear that batty V-12 sing: