• Lamborghini SC18 Alston
  • The Lamborghini SC18 Alston, a road-going track car based on the Aventador SVJ. This is the first one-off produced by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing division as a customer commission.
  • Image Credit: Lamborghini
  • Lamborghini SC18 Alston
  • The Lamborghini SC18 Alston, a road-going track car based on the Aventador SVJ. This is the first one-off produced by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing division as a customer commission.
  • Image Credit: Lamborghini
  • Lamborghini SC18 Alston
  • The Lamborghini SC18 Alston, a road-going track car based on the Aventador SVJ. This is the first one-off produced by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing division as a customer commission.
  • Image Credit: Lamborghini
  • Lamborghini SC18 Alston
  • The Lamborghini SC18 Alston, a road-going track car based on the Aventador SVJ. This is the first one-off produced by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing division as a customer commission.
  • Image Credit: Lamborghini
  • Lamborghini SC18 Alston
  • The Lamborghini SC18 Alston, a road-going track car based on the Aventador SVJ. This is the first one-off produced by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing division as a customer commission.
  • Image Credit: Lamborghini
  • Lamborghini SC18 Alston
  • The Lamborghini SC18 Alston, a road-going track car based on the Aventador SVJ. This is the first one-off produced by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing division as a customer commission.
  • Image Credit: Lamborghini
  • Lamborghini SC18 Alston
  • The Lamborghini SC18 Alston, a road-going track car based on the Aventador SVJ. This is the first one-off produced by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing division as a customer commission.
  • Image Credit: Lamborghini
  • Lamborghini SC18 Alston
  • The Lamborghini SC18 Alston, a road-going track car based on the Aventador SVJ. This is the first one-off produced by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing division as a customer commission.
  • Image Credit: Lamborghini
  • Lamborghini SC18 Alston
  • The Lamborghini SC18 Alston, a road-going track car based on the Aventador SVJ. This is the first one-off produced by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing division as a customer commission.
  • Image Credit: Lamborghini

According to a poster on a McLaren Life forum and picked up by The Supercar Blog, Lamborghini is preparing a small-batch, track-only model to begin deliveries around 2021. At the end of last month, user Champagne612 wrote that he (or she) was "Going to spec next week and test drive the SVR V12 track version of AV." In the words of Champagne612, this Aventador SVR is the last hurrah for Lamborghini's naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12, a flourish before hybridization becomes necessary on the brand's iconic powerplant. Supposedly, only 40 SVRs will be made, each one producing 830 atmospheric horsepower. That would give the SVR 60 more horses than the road-legal SVJ.

Lamborghini's only made two other SVR models. In 1968, there was the one-of-one Miura Jota SVR, a customer-request Lamborghini brewed with a mix of outsourced parts. More relevant to this latest car, in 1996 Lamborghini built 31 examples of the Diablo SV-R — based on the Diablo SV — to form a one-make race series. It's not clear if the coming SVR will be just a customer track-day car, a la the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS-based 935, or if Lamborghini has larger plans, a la the Ferrari FXX-K program. The Sant' Agata brand has leaned even more into the customer racing vibe of late, with a Urus one-make series planned, and the customer-request, road-legal Aventador-based SC18 Alston unveiled last year (pictured).

Based on that, there's chatter that an Aventador SVR could be a feint at the so-called hypercar class opening next year in the World Endurance Championship. The connection seems more than tenuous, but it's not impossible. Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali said at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that the carmaker was perusing the hypercar regulations taking effect in 2020 until about 2025, and told Autocar that the SC18 Alston "shows that we have internal capabilities for such a [Le Mans] project." Those rules require a minimum weight of 1,100 kilograms, maximum combined output of 750 hp — an optional hybrid system can contribute no more than 270 hp — and a minimum of 20 production versions built over two years. Save for the fact that committed entries from Aston Martin and Toyota are much more slippery than any Lamborghini, the rules on paper put an Aventador-based model firmly in the mix, and unresolved regulations limiting downforce and mandating a minimum drag figure could inch an Italian competitor closer to the mark. We'll know more whenever Lamborghini decides to make an Aventador SVR official.

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