What can we learn from this teaser of the track-only Italian hypercar?
Lamborghini’s highest-performance and most powerful vehicle ever will be revealed in 2020. That’s the official word from the brand’s Squadra Corse motorsports division, which is overseeing the design and engineering of this yet unnamed hypercar. While only scant information and shadowy teasers have been shared, we pored over the details to see what to expect.
Here’s what we know. The core structure of the vehicle is a carbon-fiber monocoque. Bolted to it is an aluminum front frame supporting suspension and cooling elements. Behind the driver a steel structure is mounted, which supports an 830-hp V-12—the most powerful iteration ever of Lamborghini’s iconic 6.5-liter engine. That’s joined to a race-spec six-speed sequential transmission, to which the rear suspension is affixed for enhanced response and stiffness. The driver can adjust the mechanical differential to match its response to the circuit.
The sole image shared keeps much hidden, but extreme aerodynamics are clearly a focus. At the front a double-lip spoiler helps channel air through the hood’s dual air intakes. Headlights are notably absent, although LED accents may be part of the styling. Long canards rise over the front wheel arches to guide airflow to the sides of the car, which seem to feature bodywork mounted away from the central structure, perhaps to allow greater airflow through the body. At the rear, a huge diffuser juts out behind the wheels, while a massive wing rises up above. That element may be adjustable, but doesn’t appear to have ducting for Lamborghini’s ALA active aerodynamics system, as seen on the Huracan Performante and Aventador SVJ.
At this point we have more questions than answers. It’s unknown whether the vehicle will be all- or rear-wheel-drive, or if hybridization will be integrated to achieve that staggering power output. Lamborghini did say that it’ll be limited-production and track-specific, so it’s likely that only the brand’s most ardent racing clients will be invited to make a purchase. We’ll find out more, and see the car drive out of the shadows, at some point in 2020.