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Lamborghini Just Unleashed Its First-Ever Le Mans Prototype With the 680-HP ‘SC63’ LMDh Racer

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Photos: Lamborghini | Lamborghini Squadra Corse

Unlike Ferrari, Lamborghini doesn’t have much racing in its heritage. The Raging Bull has previously dabbled in both F1 and Le Mans competition — albeit with very little success on both fronts — though its next racing endeavor may very well be different, as the Italian firm has just pulled the cover off of its all-new long-awaited and highly-anticipated SC63 LMDh racer. 

Lamborghini SC63 LMDh Racer 1
Photo: Lamborghini | Lamborghini Squadra Corse

Presumably short for “Squadra Corse 1963” — with this latter number being the year the company was founded — the SC63 marks Lamborghini’s first-ever hybrid racing car prototype, as well as its first full-fledged effort to compete at the highest levels of motorsport competition. Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the SC63 is constructed around a Ligier-made carbon fiber monocoque chassis that’s been draped in all-carbon-fiber bodywork penned by the Lamborghini Centro Stile. Though the vehicle is unmistakably of the LMDh prototype racer variety, it still sports a number of signature Lamborghini aesthetic elements such as its Y-shaped LED head and taillights and the profile of its nose and front splitter. Boasting a completely novel design, this suite of LM-style bodywork features a pronounced aero kit that includes the same signature rear wing found on all contemporary Lambo racers. 

Lamborghini SC63 LMDh Racer 2
Photo: Lamborghini | Lamborghini Squadra Corse

The carbon frame has been paired with a push-rod suspension setup with torsion springs and adjustable wishbones. The entire race car is powered by a  twin-turbocharged hybrid 3.8-liter 90° V8 that’s helped along by an electric motor that assists in powering the rear axle. Good for a collective 680hp, this twin-turbo hybrid V8 has been mated to a seven-speed XTRAC transmission that sends all 680 horses to the prototype racer’s rear wheels. In total, the prototype machine packs a total of eight radiators, as well. And, as per regulations, the Lamborghini boasts a dry weight of 2,270lbs. The entire race car is cloaked in a Verde Mantis green and Nero Noctis black livery that’s been complemented via Italian Tricolore race stripes — an overall motif that’s similar to the race livery found on Lamborghini’s Huracán GT3 racer, albeit with larger swaths of black. 

Lamborghini SC63 LMDh Racer 3
Photo: Lamborghini | Lamborghini Squadra Corse

While there’s no arguing that the SC63 looks absolutely stunning, despite a solid spec sheet, it remains to be seen how Lamborghini’s first-ever full prototype racer will fare against the rest of the LMDh grid in 2024. Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s first-ever hybrid racing car prototype will make its competition debut at the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship in the Hypercar class, starting with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.