The Italian supercar manufacturer, Lamborghini, is revving up for its debut in the United States with the new Iron Lynx-run prototype. This powerhouse of a car, equipped with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, recently underwent its first-ever test on American soil at the iconic Daytona International Speedway. And boy, did it make quite an impression!
During the test, the Lamborghini prototype not only topped the GTP timesheets but also covered an impressive total of 1,150 kilometers over the course of two action-packed days. That’s like driving from New York City to Miami and back – all in the name of high-performance testing!
While this was the car’s maiden voyage in the U.S., it had already undergone rigorous private tests in Europe at renowned tracks such as Imola, Paul Ricard, Almeria, and Jerez. Despite a minor hiccup with a delayed start due to last-minute preparations and a left-rear tire blowout towards the end of the first day, the Lamborghini SC63 showed its mettle.
Andrea Caldarelli, the driver at the wheel on day one, clocked an impressive lap time of 1 minute and 35.027 seconds. To put that into perspective, it was just about a second shy of last year’s pole time for the Daytona 24 Hours. Talk about speed and precision!
But here’s the twist – although the car showcased its prowess at Daytona, it won’t be competing in the actual race there. Instead, it’s being flown back to Europe for World Endurance Championship homologation, gearing up for its first race at Qatar on March 2.
Team Lamborghini expressed their satisfaction with the progress and the hard work put in by the Iron Lynx team and their factory drivers. Sanna, a representative of Lamborghini Squadra Corse, highlighted the significance of testing on a track with such a rich history in Lamborghini’s motorsport development.
The excitement doesn’t end at Daytona. Lamborghini fans can look forward to seeing Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat, and Mirko Bortolotti taking turns behind the wheel in the upcoming U.S. debut at Sebring. Meanwhile, Caldarelli and Grosjean are among the top contenders expected to represent Lamborghini in this thrilling race.
Iron Lynx, not one to rest on its laurels, is now setting its sights on Austin’s Circuit of the Americas for its final pre-season test. Andrea Piccini, the boss of Iron Lynx, emphasized the importance of testing on this bumpy track, which will be a key venue for the World Endurance Championship. It’s also a chance to fine-tune the car’s dampers, a crucial component in ensuring top-notch performance on America’s equally bumpy racetracks.
As Lamborghini continues to push the boundaries of speed and performance, fans and enthusiasts can’t wait to see this Italian powerhouse roar to life on the international stage. Stay tuned for more updates on the Lamborghini SC63’s journey to glory!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Daytona Test
What is the Lamborghini SC63 prototype?
The Lamborghini SC63 prototype is a high-performance sports car equipped with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine.
How did it perform during the Daytona test?
The SC63 prototype not only topped the GTP timesheets but also covered an impressive 1,150 kilometers over two days of testing. It showcased remarkable speed and precision.
Will it compete in the Daytona 24 Hours race?
No, the SC63 prototype won’t race at Daytona. Instead, it is being flown back to Europe for World Endurance Championship homologation.
Who are the drivers involved in its U.S. debut at Sebring?
Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat, and Mirko Bortolotti are among the drivers expected to represent Lamborghini in its U.S. debut at Sebring.
What’s next for Iron Lynx and the SC63 prototype?
Iron Lynx will head to Austin’s Circuit of the Americas for its final pre-season test. This track is essential for testing and fine-tuning the car’s performance, especially the dampers.