New experience in Lamborghini’s motorsport programs…
I know, you’ve been reading through the Mueller Report and completely overlooked Lamborghini’s unveiling of the Urus ST-X Concept during the 2018 World Finals. The machine is designed for an innovative single-brand championship that combines race circuit and off-road track. Actually, the concept is damned interesting.
The new format will debut in 2020 in Europe and the Middle East on specially prepared FIA-approved circuits, with an “arrive and drive” formula designed to offer driver-customers a complete package including car and technical support during the race weekends.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t know of any other marque doing this, especially not with SUV’s. And certainly not with an exotic. And how did Lamborghini manage to shave 25% off the Urus, dropping its weight from 4800 lbs to a svelte 3600 lbs? Astonishing considering that’s only about 200 lbs more than a Huracan.
Urus ST-X is the racing version of the first Super SUV in the brand’s history. Compared to the production model, the stripped-down-battle-ready Urus ST-X Concept has been mechanically optimized and equipped with all the FIA-approved safety elements, including steel roll cage, fire suppression system, and racing fuel tank. Now, harried moms can easily beat the neighbors to soccer practice.
Larger air intakes optimize the cooling of the V8 twin-turbo engine that is capable of delivering 640 HP and nearly 630 ft. lbs of torque. Before you ask, yes, you get the big rear wing, the lateral racing exhausts with a new hexagonal design, and 21” single-nut aluminum alloy wheels fitted with Pirelli tires. Throw in a full roll cage, which they do, and you’ve got a serious bit of kit.
If nothing else, this just might turn into the spectator sport a la Formula-E, and who wouldn’t want to see a bunch of SUV’s in gladiatorial splendor?
Urus ST-X Concept’s track debut will take place during the 2019 Lamborghini World Finals, JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA , Spain, October 24-27, 2019.