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The Lamborghini SC63 hybrid racing prototype has arrived, and it's amazing!
THE LAMBORGHINI SC63 HYBRID RACING PROTOTYPE HAS ARRIVED, AND IT'S AMAZING!
Lamborghini Squadra Corse revealed the amazing SC63 racing prototype at Goodwood Festival of Speed, ahead of it’s testing within weeks, is set to compete in the Hypercar class of the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship, including the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as in the GTP class of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Endurance Cup. “The SC63 is the most advanced racing car ever produced by Lamborghini and it follows our roadmap ‘Direzione Cor Tauri’ laid out by the brand for the electrification of our product range,” says 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.” Rouven Mohr, Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer continues: “Motorsport is, to us, also a valuable and demanding proving ground for our technology, our LMDh car, the Lamborghini SC63, is an exciting challenge from both a technical and a human standpoint. The development of our internal combustion engine, aerodynamically efficient bodywork and the overall technical package is a process that has pushed us to constantly raise our own standards. Now, it is time to put the wheels in motion, literally, on track in order to be ready and competitive for the 2024 season. As we develop our LMDh car, we are also mindful of the technology transfer opportunities. We will take our learning experiences from motorsport and apply them where possible to our future production cars.”
There’s quite obviously loads of tech and spec packed into this prototype racecar, but it’s the speed and performance that gets us all hot and bothered, and this dedicated racecar has plenty performance. The SC63 features an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 powerplant that was developed specifically for the racing program. The engine features a ‘cold V’ configuration that sees the turbos mounted outside the vee angle making them easier to cool and fiddle with. It also lowers the mass and optimizes the car’s centre of gravity. The power on tap created by this hybrid powerplant is rated at 500 kW, it could probably make a lot more but that power figure is the limit set by the class competition rules. Lamborghini partnered with Ligier to develop and build the monocoque, and the bodywork was designed by Lamborghini’s Centro Stile design department, in conjunction with the race design team. “From the beginning, my personal briefing to the design-team was that the car needs to be highly functional, but we wanted to create a car that is immediately recognizable as Lamborghini,” says Mitja Borkert, Lamborghini’s Head of Design at Centro Stile. “The main recognition of the front and rear of the SC63 is driven by the y-shaped signature light. The size of the cabin and the main character of the car is driven by the sporting rules, but we have also implemented our own brand styling cues throughout the car. Integrated into the side panel of the body you can see a NACA duct that was inspired by the air intake of the Countach. When you look at the rear wheel arch, we gave the impression of acceleration towards the front, and this relates to the wheel arch design language of Lamborghini that can also be seen on the Revuelto.” Starting in 2024, one car will compete in the full FIA World Endurance Championship, and the second car will race in the North American Endurance Championship races of the IMSA series. The Iron Lynx team will run the cars in both series, and the driving lineup includes Bortolotti, Caldarelli, Grosjean and Kvyat, and some other drivers will be confirmed later in 2023.
Take a look at the documentary-style YouTube video that shows off all aspects of this amazing new LMDh project racer that's been developed for track use in a few dedicated race series that the car complies with, and by all accounts looks to be something that will be ridiculously fast - but will it be enough to squash the competition that's been progressing at an equally fast and amazing rate: Lamborghini SC63: Beyond Racing | Lamborghini Squadra Corse
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