The idea of a track-only hypercar built on the bones of the Aventador had us intrigued when we learnt about it a few months ago. Now, with its debut in sight, Lamborghini Squadra Corse has treated us to a clip of its V12 firing up in the Sant'Agata Bolognese factory this week. Hearing the naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre, and knowing that it develops 830hp, has suddenly re-piqued our interest.
Sure, the new model won't be alone in the super-niche circuit-only niche - nor even the solo entry in the atmospheric V12 segment. But something tells us that Squadra Corse is cooking up something special for what might yet prove to be the engine's swansong. And that something is our ears and eyes.
Otherwise, Lamborghini still isn't giving a huge amount away: the car will feature an aluminium front frame and a carbon fibre monocoque, alongside a large rear wing, airscoop on the roof and a racing hood with dual air intakes, and it gets an 'innovative' self-locking diff for better drivability on track. We await a name and much else besides...
Lamborghini has taken advantage of the final round of its in-house racing series to (partially) show off two upcoming models. While the European, Asian and North American iterations of the marque's Super Trofeo championship came to a close on track, a racer of a different kind was debuted off it. The Urus ST-X, set to compete in the world's first 'Super SUV' series next year, uses the same twin-turbo V8 engine as the road car, yet is 25 per cent lighter thanks to a new structure. But we already knew about that.
The bigger news comes in the form of a shadowy silhouette, said by Lamborghini to show a new track-only hypercar set to arrive next year. Despite having been developed by the manufacturer's Squadra Corse department the car won't see competition, but will benefit from a host of tweaks designed to get the most out of that naturally-aspirated V12 - perhaps for the final time before it's replaced by a hybrid-assisted set-up.
Featuring an aluminium front frame joined to a carbon fibre monocoque, and housing a steel roll cage within, the design aims to "guarantee the highest standards of safety" while maximising "the torsional and bending stiffness characteristics." To that end the six-speed sequential transmission - to which the suspension arms are directly connected - takes on a structural load-bearing role, offering "optimal kinematics and a significant improvement in stiffness to weight ratio." A self-locking differential that can be dynamically adjusted by the driver, depending on the circuit and the conditions, also speaks to the car's all-out track focus.
Debuting next year in a limited-production run, the car's enormous rear wing, roof-mounted air scoop and huge front splitter all hint at the aero ability required to get the best out of the 830hp produced by that 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12. If this is to be its final un-electrified bow, then what a way to go...