As ridiculous as it sounds, Lamborghini is launching a racing series for the company’s Urus SUV in 2020
The new Lamborghini Urus is going racing, in a one-make demolition derby scheduled for fat rich guys in 2020.
Lamborghini has satirised itself perfectly with this Urus ST-X concept previewing the finished thing, because an SUV going racing is the ultimate oxymoron. Let’s just examine what exactly is going on here… What Lamborghini starts with is the VW Group’s modular platform that underpins stuff like the Audi A4 saloon. Then they jack it way up in the air and stick some Raging Bull badges all over the place. Then they bring it back down to the ground and stick some racing slicks on. Err, anyone see the irony there?
The Italians, evidently, don’t. Forgetting everything about basic racing specifics such as, “Start with a car, and not a *&%$#&! enormous VW Touareg,” the company’s Squadra Corse division has certainly managed to kill the buzz after the wild SC18 one-off.
Shown off in Sant’Agata’s Verde Mantis paintwork, the Lamborghini Urus ST-X comes with a steel roll-cage, and FIA-approved safety bits including a fuel bladder and fire extinguishing systems, but they also went a bit further with an exposed-carbon-fibre bonnet, a rear wing, and centre-locking 21-inch wheels wrapped in some Pirellis.
According to the manufacturer, the Urus ST-X is up to 25 percent lighter than the road car, which means it only weighs as much as a medium sized celestial body, and the powertrain has been left untouched so you get 641 horsepower from Audi’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 found up front.
The planned 2020 race series for the Urus super-SUV will include rounds in Europe and the Middle East, so if you’ve always dreamed of doing something monumentally stupid with your money, now’s your chance.