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Lamborghini has reached another goal: the Essenza SCV12 is the first car on the market with a carbon fiber roll cage homologated according to the FIA Hypercar safety standards.
The Lamborghini Squadra Corse engineers have profoundly changed the standard production frame structure following extremely rigorous tests including over 20 static and dynamic tests.
The carbon integral body has been reinforced in several points since it has to support forces of over 12 tons without showing significant deformations. The decision to keep the carbon, and not steel, load-bearing structure has also resulted in a gain in terms of overall weight and a considerable increase in passenger compartment space to offer optimum driving comfort.
“The Essenza SCV12 was designed as a ‘laboratory of ideas’ vehicle,” commented Giorgio Sanna, Lamborghini Head of Motorsport. “It has allowed us to use technical solutions usually typical of competition prototypes, such as the suspension installed directly on the load bearing gearbox, an innovative solution for a GT vehicle. Moreover, the brand-new carbon integral body frame without steel rollbar was achieved with the technical collaboration of FIA, thanks to which we have undertaken a route that will lead to an exponential improvement of safety for drivers of GT vehicles in a future projection.” Another outstanding innovation is given by the cradle in the rear of the integral body, which houses the engine-gearbox assembly and that has increased torsional stiffness values to 20% higher than those of the Huracán GT3 EVO, resulting in extraordinary driving precision.
The first Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 units were delivered to customers in April 2021 and will continue until the end of 2022.