Date posted : February 25. 2015
A while ago news came out about the Lamborghini Squadra Corse department thinking about entering the grueling 24 hours of Le Mans race with a new car in the near future, with the Huracan Super Trofeo and Huracan GT3 cars being used as development mules for an LMP1 model.
Rumor has it Audi will abandon LMP1 racing to concentrate on Formula One instead, that could open the door for Lamborghini to try their hand at the elite LMP1 segment, but not before trying to compete in the lower LMP2 series first.
According to chief test driver Giorgio Sanna they want to compete in a future 24h de LeMans race with a Lamborghini, but not only enter the famous race, but also win it ... and that would not be possible with a Huracan GT3 or even an Aventador GT1 edition, if they would develop the latter in the future.
To take an overall win at LeMans an LMP1 car is needed, nothing more, nothing less ... and as far as I know there hasn't been any official render or concept published by Lamborghini or Squadra Corse, so when I found this mid 2014 design by Hrvoje Jelic I envisioned it to be a Lamborghini LMP1 race car.
During the first semester of 2013-2014 at the Scuola Politechnica di Design, Jelic created a Lamborghini Estampida Concept under supervision of actual Lamborgini designers, initially called a Super Trofeo race car it is obvious this is way too advanced for the ST series that will still use the famous V10 engine, instead this Estampida looks much more like an LMP1 prototype racer to me.
Just think about the options here for a while ... from the top view render it is obvious this isn't a two seater car, so one race driver gets the ticket here, much like the Egoista in fact, but not so dramatically looking. That same top render shows a rear section that might have taken some influence from the Veneno while the vents look inspired by the Sesto Elemento.
So what about the engine in this case ... with the experience gained from the Asterion LPI910 it might not be so farfetched to think Lamborghini's Squadra Corse will put together a V12 Hybrid setup for their LMP1 race car ... pull about 800hp from the V12 engine and add four 100hp electric engines ... a complete package of 1,200hp in a lightweight, carbon fiber and Forged Composite creation.
Pure speculation right now, but just think about it ... I'm sure this would be really interesting.
Text © Mark Smeyers - www.lambocars.com
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