Just make it look cool. ‘
That was the precise, specific and incredibly demanding message sent straight from an enthusiastic customer to the beehive of Lamborghini’s design department. We assume it ended up in a splash of multi-colored carbon fiber, because the result – dubbed ‘SC20’ – is in Lamborghini’s words the ‘most extreme open version of a street-legal V12 supercar’.
It follows the SC18 as only the second car built by Lamborghini’s racing division, Squadra Corse, inspired by the outfit’s experience in GT competition and the one-off Essenza SCV12 we only saw earlier this year. We have been reliably informed that hits like the Diablo VT Roadster, Aventador J and the open Concept S also happily swung around the mood board.
“From the front there is also clear inspiration from the Veneno,” Lamborghini’s design boss Mitja Borkert told Top Gear. “You see this very aggressive front-end. Not only is it low, it’s unbelievably low. “Low and really quite angry. There’s a ‘pronounced’ front splitter framed by a pair of fins, while the hood air intakes pay homage to those of the Huracán GT3 Evo. There’s a new set of headlights that we are told, will not appear on a future production Lambo.
Swipe down the side and sure, there are corners and hexagons and knives as well historyBorkert was adamant the so-called ‘Gandini’ line which is a Lambo trademark sweeps from front to back. “It has a super clean profile,” he tells us. Pure, yes. Also crazy.
Madder is still the back. Maybe this isn’t a Lamborghini with a really big wing on it, more like a Really Big Wing with a Lamborghini on it. “Everything is finished with this incredible rear end with this top-mounted rear wing,” said Borkert. The top-mounted rear wing can be adjusted to three different positions – low, medium and high load – and, like the rest of the car, is made entirely of carbon fiber.
Lambo engineers hand-polished and smoothed the carbon fiber body shell to perfect the car’s airflow, both for performance and to ensure that the upper body movements of both occupants remain independent of the car’s speed . Of which there is a lot. Lamborghini won’t say exactly how much, but Borkert said the SC20 has been tested to at least 270 mph.
So it won’t be a garage queen, Borkert confirms that the new owner is actually planning … control it. “It is not only a car that you drive on the track, but also on the street. I can tell you that if I know this customer, he will definitely use the car, ”he said. That means the world and his dog will be introduced to that interior: lots of visible carbon fiber, lots of Alcantara, lots of leather and switches and 3D-printed air vents.
‘They look like they look Star Wars, ‘Said Borkert about the vents. “We really wanted to make them look like they were 3D printed – they have a complicated shape.”
Below that is a little less complicated, mind. It’s the gloriously unhinged setup of the Aventador SVJ, which is of course a gloriously unhinged 6.5-liter V12 that puts out 760 horsepower and 531 lb of torque through a seven-speed single-clutch transmission that drives all four wheels (20 in front, 21 in at the back). back). It is enough, they suspect, especially when you consider that a) there is no roof, and b) it is legal. For these one-off promotions, Borkert explains, “you come to Lamborghini, you get the latest configuration of the V12, and then you get a car haute couture design on top”. Yes, this is a sculpture with a V12 engine.
However, this is a sculpture that really comes under pressure. “20 or 30 years ago, a Lamborghini was this beautiful sculpture of a car, but while they were fast, I think the performance was… so and so,” admits Borkert. “Today we are very proud because we have a new force in performance.”
Performance, yes. But it also looks … cool.