Ferruccio Lamborghini famously saw motorsport as a waste of time. It was expensive, he thought, and its requirements resulted in compromised road cars. At the time, he was right, of course - but half a century later, there are enormous advantages in having your motorsport division build a road car. Primarily profit.
Lamborghini, despite the introduction of numerous and increasingly extravagant special editions - not least the most recent Aventador SVJ - clearly feels like it has been missing this trick. Thus we get this: the SC18, a 'one-off' model which the manufacturer says is the first to be developed by Squadra Corse in conjunction with a customer.
Naturally the most crucial part of that sentence is actually the latter half. Building "personalized" supercars is now a well-established path to charging hitherto unheard of sums for breathed-on range filler. Not that anyone would describe the Aventador underneath the SC18 as filler - especially when it's been given access to the same 770hp V12 that was previously exclusive to the aforementioned Jota.
Beyond that - according to its maker - it's the "extreme aerodynamics" which distinguish the unique model. As you might expect, these are derived from Squadra Corse's own experience in competition, and include air intakes in the style of the Huracan GT3 Evo, along with sills, fins and air scoops borrowed from the Super Trofeo Evo car.
A large carbon fibre wing completes the effect, one equipped with three mechanical adjustments that help it to generate the 'optimal downforce' on any circuit. Track work, you won't be surprised to hear, is very much the reason for the SC18's being (it also comes with just 109mm of ground clearance, P Zero Corsa tyres and a full telemetry system installed) but Lamborghini has suggested the car is also 'road approved' too.
You'd imagine its implied flexibility is less about the SC18 rolling to the local shops, and much more about Lamborghini's keenness to reiterate that the new car "paves the way to further personalised development projects for motorsport customers under the Squadra Corse brand". So the car you see pictured counts as a 'one-off'. But only in as much as it is the first of a new (if not entirely original) breed of Lamborghini road cars. Ferruccio would be proud.
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