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Published on December 17th, 2020 | by Joshua Chin

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Lamborghini SC20 Is A Road Legal Track Car Without A Roof

Only Lamborghini is mad enough to saw off the roof, and windscreen, on its one-off track weapon. 

Perhaps to round off the year with a bang, Lamborghini has revealed yet another one of its mad one-off creations, coming in the form of this roof-less, windscreen-less Lamborghini SC20 road-legal track car. 

Following on from the SC18 Alston, the SC20 is the second project to be born out of the Italian supercar manufacturer’s Squadra Corse racing edition. Starting life as a regular Aventador, which is a pretty mad supercar in itself already, the goal of this one-off creation was ‘to build a unique vehicle, extreme in its design and performance’. And it is fair to say that Lamborghini has certainly managed to fulfil both those criteria.  

Designed by Lamborghini’s Centro Stile in-house design centre, the chief source of inspiration for the design this bespoke carbon fibre bodied track weapon were the several roof-less raging bulls of the past. Namely the Diablo VT Roadster, Aventador J, Veneno Roadster and Concept S. Then again, being a hardcore track car, Lamborghini did borrow a few more concrete cues from its track-focused products in more recent time too. 

Starting up front, much like its SC18 Alston predecessor, the SC20 is mainly derives its front end aesthetics from Huracán GT3 EVO racer. Featuring a pronounced front splitter framed by twin fins, not to mention twin slit-like air intakes on the bonnet. 

Moving down the side meanwhile, the recently announced Essenza SCV12 lends its design cues down the flank of this sharply-styled bespoke Lamborghini. All the while retaining the signature Lamborghini scissor doors, just for some added flamboyance. 

Round the back, a three way adjustable large carbon fibre rear wing tops off the insane rear end design. Which in itself already features a massive rear diffuser, bespoke tail light clusters and a Huracan-style twin central exhaust exit. 

When it comes to the extreme design however, the fact that this track-car comes with no roof, and no windscreen, probably takes the cake in this department. Nevertheless, Lamborghini has gone on record saying that the body is supposed to ‘to deliver optimal airflow for both performance and the cockpit’s occupants, ensuring comfortable open-air driving even at high speeds’. 

Speaking of occupants, a significant element of the interior in this one-off is finished in visible carbon fibre. This includes the dashboard cover, rear wall, door panels, centre console, steering wheel trim and the shells of the seats. 

On the topic of those seats, they are upholstered in varying shades of Blu Cepheus (blue), Nero Cosmus (black) and Bianco Leda (white) Alcantara and leather. This is as to further complement the Bianco Fu (White) and Blu Cepheus two-tone exterior colour scheme chosen by the customer. 

Power for this bespoke track weapon comes from Lamborghini’s proven 6.5 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, which in this case makes a very healthy 770 hp and 720 Nm of torque. Mated to a 7-speed Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) transmission, power is sent to all four wheels (20-inch up front, 21-inch at the rear) via four-wheel drive system with a central electronic differential. 

As with any of these one-off fantastical creations, no price has yet been officially attached to the SC20. Though it is not hard to guess that it would be to the tune of many, many millions of Euros. Saying that, if you are a hardcore Lamborghini enthusiast with the cash to splash, what better way to indulge oneself in this tumultuous year than with a very special Christmas present?

Press Release: Lamborghini Squadra Corse presents the SC20, a unique specimen of an open-top track car type-approved for road use. The SC20 is the second one-off engineered by the motorsport department and designed by Centro Stile in Sant’Agata Bolognese: the car was created following the customer’s wishes, who was involved in the project from the very first drawings by Lamborghini’s designers.

The common goal was to build a unique vehicle, extreme in its design and performance, and able to combine aerodynamic solutions taken from racing Lamborghinis incorporating unprecedented lines and exclusive details. “Two years after the SC18 Alston, the SC20 was a new, intriguing challenge. The chief sources of inspiration were the Diablo VT Roadster, Aventador J, Veneno Roadster and Concept S, and the result is a dramatic combination of creativity and racing attitude,” commented Mitja Borkert, Head of Design Lamborghini Centro Stile.

The carbon fiber body was polished and slicked down by hand by the Lamborghini aerodynamic engineers to deliver optimal airflow for both performance and the cockpit’s occupants, ensuring comfortable open-air driving even at high speeds. The pronounced front splitter is framed by two fins and the air intakes on the front hood are inspired by those of the Huracán GT3 EVO, while the sculpted body sides reflect the solutions adopted on the Essenza SCV12. The muscular rear is topped by a large carbon fiber wing that can be set in three different positions: Low, Medium and High Load.

The SC20 features exclusive details starting from the body colors on a Bianco Fu (white) base, created for the customer, on which the Blu Cepheus (blue) livery stands out. The same shade is found in the interior, alternating with Nero Cosmus (black) and Bianco Leda (white). The most significant element of the passenger compartment is the visible carbon fiber used for the dashboard cover, rear wall, door panels, center console and steering wheel trim, in addition to the monocoque. Carbon fiber is also used for the shells of the seats upholstered in Alcantara and leather. The door handles on the other hand, are machined from solid aluminum. Lastly, the air vents are created using 3D printing technology at the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory.

Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, stated, “The SC20 is a combination of sophisticated engineering, Italian craftsmanship, sportiness and advanced design. It is also an example of applying our V12 engine and carbon fiber to a radical open-top vehicle that unmistakably carries the Lamborghini DNA.”

Its engine is based on Lamborghini’s flagship V12: the 6,498 cm3 aspirated twelve-cylinder that delivers 770 CV at 8,500 rpm and develops 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm. It is managed through the optimized seven-speed Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) gearbox. The power is discharged to the ground by the four-wheel drive system with central electronic differential, and the Pirelli PZero Corsa tires are mounted on single-nut aluminum rims, 20 inches in front and 21 inches at the rear.

Giorgio Sanna, Head of Lamborghini Motorsport, commented, “The SC20 is one more technical and styling exercise that associates Squadra Corse experience with Lamborghini design, masterfully interpreted by our Centro Stile based on the customer’s wishes, which was the focus of the project during the entire vehicle development and construction process.”

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