Lamborghini mulls Le Mans hypercar entry

Lamborghini is bidding to join Aston Martin, Toyota and Glickenhaus on the grid at Le Mans in 2021 with a new hypercar class entrant that could be based on its one-off SC-18. The Italian brand is already investigating whether evolving the Aventador-based machine would be a viable starting point for its entry, with Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali hinting that a decision will be made by the end of this year.

โ€œThere are discussions and we are looking to understand the regulations to see if it is of interest,โ€ Domenicali told Autocar during the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed. โ€œThere is nothing to say until the evaluation is finished, and at that point the answer could be yes or no. For now, it is possible.โ€

If the company gets the go-ahead the SC-18 V12 track machine would have to face competition versions of Astonโ€™s Valkyrie, Toyotaโ€™s GR Super Sport and the 007 hypercar set to be built by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. It would have to conform to the regulations of the World Endurance Championship season that begins in September 2020, where hypercar-based racing cars using hybrid powertrains will head the field in place of todayโ€™s LMP1 cars.

Domenicali said that his firm wouldnโ€™t have the financial freedom to fund the project without using the SC-18โ€™s track-focussed base, but it certainly looks to be a good starting point for such a machine, as it already uses aerodynamic features pinched from Lamborghiniโ€™s Huracan GT3 and its twelve cylinder has 770hp. Lambo would have to undertake the complex process of introducing a hybrid system, but itโ€™s something that would fit with the firmโ€™s long-term plans of naturally aspirated, hybrid road cars โ€“ and itโ€™s not like thereโ€™s a lack of EV technology available in the VW Group.

By any standard, the prospect of Lamborghini lining up on the grid in France a little under two years from now is an exciting one. Le Mans 2021 is shaping up to be quite the race...

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  • RevOne 08 Aug 2019

    Good news!
    Top level road cars being used as a test bed for emerging technology and being flogged around famed circuits for 24hours sounds like a return to form for the this series.
    Be great to see epic scraps between manufactures (eg Ford and Ferrari from the 60s) again using cars that you see on the roads.

  • SturdyHSV 08 Aug 2019

    Really hope this class grows, McLaren + Ferrari entrants would be brilliant, Porsche is possibly a little unlikely...?

  • RumbleOfThunder 08 Aug 2019

    Please please please please please please. Despite continued hybrid guff, Le Mans and WEC is shaping up nicely. Top marques, road-based, fast as fk and desirable.

  • Jammez 08 Aug 2019

    The brief appearances of the JLOC cars at Le Mans were great to see & hear so I hope we'll see Lambos back at Le Mans soon!

  • E36GUY 08 Aug 2019

    Be nice if Merc got involved with the Project-One as well!!

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