World’s most exotic track car now available to Aussies

When the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 was revealed in July 2020, the Italian supercar brand said its 40 well-heeled owners would become members of an exclusive club that organises everything involved in owning and driving an exclusive, track-only hypercar.

That includes track sessions at the world’s most famous circuits and a storage service within a new hangar at Sant’Agata in Bologna, complete with a personalised garage with webcams that monitor the cars 24/7 and can be accessed via a smartphone app.

All that made it highly unlikely that any examples of the world’s most exotic track-day car would ever come Down Under, but now it appears Australians will have at least some ‘access’ to the most powerful Lambo V12 ever.

According to the Australian Financial Review, boutique Australian investment company Magnolia Capital has purchased a Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 and it will form the basis of its Hypercar Investment Fund – a “one-off opportunistic alternative investment” for interested clients.

The only catch is nobody will get to drive it because the extreme 620kW track car will remain in the raging bull brand’s storage facility in Italy.

Magnolia managing director Mitchell Atkins told the AFR that one of his company’s family office investors has a relationship with Lamborghini and made the introductions.

He said “super-collectible” cars like the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 have a track record of appreciating in value dramatically, citing several examples.

They included the Ferrari FXX-K, just 40 of which were sold for $US2.6 million apiece, before an example fetched $US4.3m at auction a few years later, and the McLaren P1 GTR, which sold for $US2.6m when new in 2015 and later went under the hammer for $US4.1m.

The racetrack-only hypercar follows in the footsteps of vehicles like the Lamborghini Diablo GTR and Miura Jota, and its 600kW-plus V12 drives the rear wheels via an X-trac sequential six-speed gearbox on which its rear pushrod suspension is mounted.

Also like a proper race car, it features GT3-style aerodynamic bodywork that generates a ram-air effect to increase power at high speeds, including a roof scoop, big front splitter, bonnet air intakes, a giant double-profile rear wing and the biggest rear diffuser outside the aerospace industry.

All told, Lambo says bodywork generates more downforce than a GT3 race car – a claimed 1200kg at 250km/h.

But what makes the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 really unique is its cutting-edge carbon-fibre chassis, which forms a body shell so strong it doesn’t need an internal roll cage to meet FIA prototype safety regulations.

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