• What Could This Mysterious Roofless Lamborghini Be?

It is now clear that the engineers at Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse department have been allowed to run amok

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Lamborghini is, by and large, the inventor of the modern supercar and, over the years, the subjects of some of our most-loved posters have rolled out of Sant’Agata Bolognese. However, the world is changing and the mid-engined V-12 supercar, the thing Lamborghini knows how to do best, might be on its last legs which is why the Italians are celebrating it with yet another special car. It’s basically similar to the Essenza SCV12 although it is lacking in one key area: there’s no roof over your head.

Lamborghini wants you to feel the wind in your hair really bad

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Remember the Miura? How about the Countach? Those were cool cars, right? Absolutely amazing, some may say, at least when viewed from the outside. While completely different in style, they both defined a generation of supercars. Sure, neither made for a great driver’s car but with Gandini-penned lines, it didn’t matter. It also didn’t matter that neither was offered as a Targa or a roadster.

A one-off Miura Roadster does exist and Lamborghini finally offered an open-top version of its flagship V-12 model during the lifespan of the Diablo. This was followed by similar versions of both the Murcielago and the Aventador. It is, then, no wonder that Lamborghini, through its track-oriented Squadra Corse division, is hard at work testing what looks to be a roadster version of the Essenza SCV12.

Featuring a huge wing in the back as well as big wheels, a sizeable diffuser that cooperates with the protruding front splitter and various other ducts, the Essenza SCV12 is Lamborghini’s circuit-only tribute to the V-12, mid-engine supercar. Powered by a modified version of the company’s quite venerable V-12, the SCV12 develops 830 horsepower, all kept in check by a six-speed transmission.

Only 40 copies of Lamborghini's most powerful V-12-powered car yet will be made, each with a price tag of $3.5 million.
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As that’s not too much for the world’s richest 1%, we expect all of the Essenza SCV12 build slots to be spoken for soon meaning some ultra-rich individuals looking to experience the thrill of driving the ultimate Lamborghini on track will miss out. They can now rejoice, however, as this latest (probably) track-bound prototype that’s being trialed by Lamborghini is even more insane.

The Italian automaker shared one rear-three-quarter shot of the car as it negotiates the first chicane at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.

It’s naturally covered in camouflage but we can pretty much see that the rear end of the car - as well as the wing - is similar to that of the Aventador SVJ. That is the most extreme version of the Aventador available and it is a brutally efficient piece of kit.

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Back in 2018, the SVJ, which packs 770 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, became the fastest road car to ever lap the Nurburgring-Nordschleife after setting a time of 6:44.97. The SVJ was followed by the SVJ 63 special edition and also by the SVJ 63 Roadster.

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We think we’re looking at an SVJ 63 Roadster dialed up to 11 or, rather, an even quicker version of 2012’s Aventador J. The prototype unveiled ahead of the 2012 Geneva Auto Show was later revealed to have been sold to one very lucky customer who ended up with a 650 horsepower, 180 mph Aventador with no windshield or roof. It’s about time that more people get to experience how that feels.

Michael Fira
Michael Fira
Associate Editor and Motorsport Expert - fira@topspeed.com
Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read full bio
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