Lamborghini won't let you drive their 620kW hypercar on the road

• The limited-edition track-only hypercar of 40 units developed by Lamborghini Squadra Corse and designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile

• The engine is the most powerful V12 from the supercar maker yet with over 620kW

• Each car will have a personalised garage and dedicated services, including webcams to allow customers to monitor their cars 24 hours a day using an app

If 'over the top' is a car brand it would be Lamborghini. From collaborating with the Italian Super Group to build a super yacht with close to 3000kW, and now they've unveiled a track-only hypercar powered by the carmaker's most powerful naturally-aspirated V12 engine yet. 

Yep, say hello to the Essenza SCV12, of which only 40 units will be available to customers. It's developed by racing arm Squadra Corse and designed by in-house styling centre Centro Stile.

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12

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Think of it as a modern interpretation of the Miura Jota and Diablo GTR. The SCV12 draws from the racing team's expertise as it feature aerodynamics inspired by racing prototypes.

"Essenza SCV12 represents the purest track driving experience that our brand can offer, an engineering feat that highlights the inextricable link between our cars and the asphalt of the track. Lamborghini is a brand constantly looking to the future and searching for new challenges, but we never forget our roots and who we are: Essenza SCV12 is the perfect combination of our unconventional spirit as a super sports car manufacturer and our true passion for motorsport," says Stefano Domenicali, CEO and Chairman of Automobili Lamborghini. 

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Lamborghini Essenza SCV12

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Born for the track

The Essenza SCV12 was created for exclusive track use, with engineering solutions derived from racing. The V12 engine is able to deliver over 620kW.

It uses a new X-trac sequential six-speed gearbox fitted as a structural element within the chassis, combined with rear-wheel drive for compactness, structural continuity, and greater torsional stiffness.

Its low weight is helped by a new-generation carbon fiber monocoque chassis without internal rollcage. The Essenza SCV12 is also the first GT car developed to respect FIA prototype safety rules.

It wears special Pirelli slick tyres fitted to magnesium wheels (19-inch on the front, and 20-inch at the rear) and Brembo Motorsport brakes and calipers. 

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12

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Aerodynamics

The aerodynamics are honed by the Squadra Corse’s GT racing experience to ensure a level of efficiency and higher downforce levels than a GT3 car, with a value of 1200kg at 250km/h.

Design

The SCV12 looks like something a kid with a wild imagination would design. The essential nature of the car is underscored by the structure of the bodywork, formed by only three elements to enable quick replacement when necessary during pit stops.

Step inside and you'll notice the unmistakable “Y”, the stylistic feature repeated on the livery and in the cockpit, where each element represents the best compromise between lightweight, functionality and design. In fact, the instrument panel and dashboard are supported by an asymmetrical carbon “Y”, a load-bearing and stylistic element that frames the cockpit. 

It has a multifunction steering wheel with display was inspired by F1 single-seater steering wheels to offer the best ergonomics and a perfect feel, without the driver needing remove their hands from the rim.. There is a specific FIA homologated OMP seat with carbon shell embraces the driver to ensure comfort, safety and stability.

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12

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Driving experience

This is where we turn greener than the SCV12 with envy because customers of the SCV12 will become part of an exclusive club that will give them access to special programs to drive their hypercar on the most prestigious circuits in the world.

The program includes storage service in a new hangar built in Sant’Agata Bolognese for the Essenza SCV12 club.

Each car will have a personalised garage and dedicated services, including webcams to allow customers to monitor their cars 24 hours a day using an app. 

The track calendar will start in 2021 with "arrive and drive" events held at numerous FIA Grade 1 homologated circuits. The 40 owners will be assisted by the Squadra Corse technical staff with the support of Emanuele Pirro, five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and an excellent tutor for the customer-drivers; and Marco Mapelli, Lamborghini Squadra Corse Factory Driver.

It doesn't get better than that, surely.