EXTREME ROAD RACER One-off SC18 launches racing arm
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IF YOU EVER WANTED Lamborghini’s race team to build you a car, this oneoff SC18 Alston built specifically for a customer proves it’s now taking orders. Approach the firm with enough money and it’ll guide you to its Squadra Corse arm to make your dreams into a LaFerrari-frightening reality. This road-legal circuit marauder has been primarily designed for track work with the Nurburgring conquering Aventador SVJ at its core. Yes, its 6.5-litre V12 and automated sevenspeed manual are carried over without modification, but no-one’s going to complain about its 566kW and 720Nm that storms an SVJ to 100km/h from rest in 2.8 seconds, doubling that speed in 8.6sec then tripling it in 24.0sec. The SC18’s accelerative potency is only enhanced by an extensive carbon-fibre diet and use of “ultra-light materials” according to Lamborghini. The engine’s warcry is blasted through ‘specific exhausts’ and terminals for a one-off sound you won’t forget at the engine’s 8700rpm redline. Squadra Corse runs the brand’s onemake and GT3 racing programs so it’s leaned heavily into its experience when devising this track warrior’s aerodynamics package. The front end uses the same style ‘intakes’ as a Huracan GT3 car while its side and rear intakes are inspired by the Huracan Super Trofeo one-make car. It’s carved out its huge rear diffuser and more cleanly separated its rear bumper elements to reveal its rear cooling bits and chassis features. That carbon-fibre wing can be set to three different settings for “the optimal downforce on any circuit” and continues up the car’s centre with an LMP1-style fin. On either side of that are 12 vents on the rear engine cover, a modification developed on its endurance racing cars to boost cooling. Sitting only 109mm off the ground, about 3mm higher than the Porsche GT2 RS’s track-ready stance, it rolls on 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber. They’re fitted with centre-locks, and hide the SVJ’s carbon-ceramic brake system that has discs measuring 400mm up front and 380mm out back. Interestingly, they’re not the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo Rs that put the SVJ at the top of the Nurburgring Nordshcleife lap board with a 6:44.97 second time. Lamborghini makes no mention either whether the standard car’s active aerodynamic system, that uses flaps activated on either side of the car to generate cornering downforce, remains. Red is an obvious exterior theme and the brakes match the screen printing applied to its doors and roof that bear the tags ‘63’ and ‘ALSTON’ respectively. This is the product of Lamborghini’s Centro Stile design arm integrating the customer’s personal vision into the car. As for what they mean, we’d have to ask the mystery client ourselves. Clearly, they might be friends of the devil, as its brooding theme continues inside where black Alcantara is strafed with red stitching. And appropriately for something so track focused, the seats are carbon-fibre buckets. What you won’t find anywhere on the car is a price tag. But with an Aventador SVJ commanding $949,640 on the Australian market, of which 900 have been built, it’s sure to be an astronomical figure negotiated between Lamborghini and its very lucky client.
FAR RIGHT The headlights are Aventador spec, while its rear lights are inspired by a Centenario
MAIN Lambo’s design centre Centro Stile was also involved in the project
BELOW RIGHT Its static aerodynamics are heavily upgraded over an SVJ