PACE NOTES

EX­TREME ROAD RACER One-off SC18 launches rac­ing arm

Motor (Australia) - - POWER. PERFORMANCE. PASSION. | CONTENTS -

LaFer­rari-bash­ing Lambo, Porsche’s new 992 911 and the AMG GT R Pro

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

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