New 2021 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12: everything you need to know

Tyler Heatley

02 Jul 2021

Track-only special will number just 40.

> Likely Lamborghini’s last pure V12 car

> Track only

> Designed with Le Mans hypercar rules in mind

> Generates over 1,200kg of downforce

> £1.9 million plus tax

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2021 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 design

One look at the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 should silence anyone thinking that this is simply a reworked Aventador. This is a carbon-tubbed track-only racer built with the new Le Mans hyper car regulations in mind, and its external design leaves no doubt about how serious a machine this is.

An intricate aerodynamic package that incorporates a jutting front splitter, bargeboards, skirting, sculpted haunches, intricate diffuser, and that huge adjustable rear wing helps generate 1,200kg of downforce at 150mph. Even the headlights have been repositioned in the name of airflow.

2021 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 interior and infotainment

The SCV12 is still a customer car, up to 40 will be built for those with the cash, and so the interior isn’t your typically bleak race car shell. In true Italian fashion it’s a sculpted and surprisingly stylish space, still stripped back, but done in a way that retains character. 

Being a track car there is no Apple CarPlay or infotainment screen, but the steering wheel does contain a display that offers the driver various bits of data. An air conditioning system is optional.

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2021 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 practicality and boot space

As you’d expect of a track-only special, there’s no boot because it’s not designed to go to Tesco or pick the kids up from school. There are two seats though, so a smidgen more practical than most racers.

2021 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Engine

This car might be something of a swan song for Lamborghini’s fabled naturally aspirated V12. The next Aventador will retain 12 cylinders, but will likely be supplemented by a battery of some description, making this potentially the last pure V12. Its 6.5-litre unit produces 818bhp and 759Nm of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. 

If this is the end for unadulterated V12 engines, it’s quite the encore.

2021 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 prices and on-sale date

Just 40 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12s will be produced, each costing £1.9 million plus local taxes. You can place an order right now, but we know over 10 examples are already spoken for, so if you’ve got the change, call your dealer quickly.

You can entirely take possession of your SCV12, or Lamborghini can store it for you in readiness for exclusive one-make events as well as your own track adventures. 

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Tyler Heatley

02 Jul 2021