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Lamborghini Essenza SCV12: A track-only hypercar that’s destined for the Le Mans

The vehicle comes with Lamborghini's most powerful V12 to date –  a 830 hp engine that isn't even legal for the road.

We’ve been waxing lyrical about some of the endurance cars of old: embattled, high-performance monsters that have stood the test of time, both in the Le Mans, the legendary French 24-hour race, and the annals of history.

Well, Lamborghini’s no slouch to high-performance racing – think of your Miura Jotas and Diablo GTRs – which is why it’s decided to release the Essenza SCV12, which comes fitted with the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 that’s ever rumbled out of the Italian automaker’s doors.

Unlike most of other marques’ recent innovations, the Essenza eschews any form of hybridization or electrification. Just pure, ferocious speed from its 830 hp V12 engines, an aerodynamic racing profile and every bit of gusto any potential driver can muster.

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This speed is boosted in no small part, the press release says, by the ram-air effect, which essentially means using the airflow around a moving vehicle to synergistically improve its performance. Capristo exhaust pipes reduce the backpressure the vehicle experiences, as well as emphasizing the classic roar of the engine.

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Says Chief Technical Officer of Automobili Lamborghini Maurizio Reggiani, “Essenza SCV12 is the ultimate expression of the V12 naturally aspirated engine, the symbol of our brand since 1963.”

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The design of the vehicle melds in classic 1970s elements with the requisite Lamborghini Y-motif, with stylistic features, hard angles and practical bodywork underpinning the Lambo’s DNA through and through. Speaking of bodywork, it consists of three main elements that can be replaced with blistering speed at pit-stops: this is one for the track, remember?

While you might not get the chance to use the vehicle in an actual Le Mans, you get the next best thing: Essenza SCV12 customers get membership to an exclusive club, which, among other things, include storage service at a purpose-built hangar in Sant’agata Bolognese. You don’t only get access to one of the most prestigious circuits in the world, but also training programs similar to those followed by official Lamborghini racing drivers.

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That said, the Raging Bull has yet to win any trophies at Le Mans or Formula One. While we can more than attest to the exhilaration and power under the hood for any one of the marque’s hypercars, only time will tell whether the Essenza SCV12 will be Lamborghini’s foot into the world of racing.

The make is limited to 40 models, and costs a pretty penny: just under S$5 million.