While convertibles aren’t inherently less safe than conventional cars, cutting the roof off a hypercar usually comes with some drawbacks. Recently, though, some manufacturers have released limited-production cars that aren’t just convertibles but lack a roof entirely. There’s the Aston Martin V12 Speedster, for example, as well as the Ferrari Mona and McLaren Elva. And now, Lamborghini has done something similar to the Aventador SVJ to create the SC20.
The Lamborghini SC20 isn’t the first Squadra Corse project—or the only special Aventador
The Lamborghini SC20 comes courtesy of the Italian automaker’s racing division, Squadra Corse, Autoweek reports. Hence the ‘SC’ in the new car’s name. Think AMG or M, but for Lamborghini.
However, while the SC20 is based on the Aventador SVJ, it’s not the first product the division has made. And owing to the Lamborghini Aventador’s near-decade production run, it’s not the only project to use the car as a base. The SC20 isn’t even the first roofless Aventador-based car.
Back in 2012, Lamborghini released the roofless Aventador J, a road-legal roofless 691-hp version of the regular car with model-specific body panels and carbon-fiber chassis, Top Gear reports.
The Lamborghini Aventador J isn’t a Squadra Corse project. However, most of its previous works are Aventador-based. Back in 2018, it released the SC18 Alston, with Huracan EVO-inspired aero, a large carbon-fiber rear wing, and a 6.5-liter V12 tuned to 770 hp, Motor1 reports.
And earlier in 2020, it debuted the Essenza SCV12, which Lamborghini’s CTO described as “’ a tribute to the V12,’” Roadshow reports. It has a 6-speed sequential transmission, pushrod suspension, and an 819-hp version of the Aventador’s V12, Autoweek reports. It’s officially the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine Lamborghini has ever made, The Drive reports. Plus, its carbon-fiber monocoque is reportedly so strong, the FIA certified that it doesn’t need a metal roll cage for safety. And with the greater use of composite material, it’s over 300 pounds lighter than the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
How does the Lamborghini SC20 differ from a ‘standard’ Aventador SVJ?
The ‘base’ 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, in Coupe or Roadster form, is already fairly potent, Car and Driver reports. It has a mid-mounted 6.5-liter V12 with 759 hp and 531 lb-ft, linked to standard AWD and a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. While the transmission is showing its age, it and that V12 let the SVJ go 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, MotorTrend reports. And it comes with adaptive suspension, rear-wheel steering, and active aero to let it slice up corners, The Drive reports.
The Lamborghini SC20 has the same output as the Aventador SVJ, Motor1 reports, and the same 8500-RPM redline. But it’s not ‘just’ a roofless version of the roadster. Its aerodynamics package is more extreme, drawing inspiration and lessons from the Essenza SCV12 and the Huracan GT3 Evo race car, The Drive reports. The elements include a front splitter, 3D-printed air vents, and an adjustable passive rear carbon-fiber wing.
Speaking of carbon fiber, the Lamborghini SC20 has more of it than the SVJ does. The bucket seats, the center console, and every exterior panel are made of it, Road & Track reports. By the way, those panels are hand-polished. The door handles, though, are made of solid machined aluminum. But while there’s an integrated roll hoop, the SC20 doesn’t have a rear-view mirror, Roadshow reports. However, it does ride on semi-slick tires.
Getting it, or any other Squadra Corse car, won’t be easy
The Lamborghini SC20 is road-legal…technically. While registering it in the US would likely be next-to-impossible, that’s not the case in “certain parts of the world,” The Drive reports. But if you want to get your own, you’re out of luck.
The SC20 is a one-off commissioned project, and it’s already been sold. As of this writing, the official price hasn’t been released. However, a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster starts at about $574k, Roadshow reports. Something tells me the SC20, therefore, retails for something in the neighborhood of ‘heh, please.’
Not all of Squadra Corse’s projects are one-offs, but they’re still rare and pricey. Lamborghini capped Essenza SCV12 production at 40 units, for example, Car and Driver reports.
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