Lamborghini Squadra Corse has unveiled the Urus ST-X Concept, the racing version of the first Super SUV in the brand’s history, that is to be used for an innovative single-brand championship that combines race circuit and off-road track.
Announced during the 2018 World Finals, the new format will debut in 2020 in the Middle East and Europe 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.
The Urus ST-X Concept applies Lamborghini Squadra Corsa’s motorsport experience to a brand-new segment. Compared to the production model, the Urus ST-X Concept has been mechanically optimised and equipped with all the FIA-approved safety elements, including steel roll cage, fire suppression system and FT3 fuel tank.
Andrea Baldi, The CEO of Automobili Lamborghini EMEA, said: “High performance cars and motorsport are both very popular in the Middle East, which is why this region represents the ideal location for this innovative championship. It will be the perfect platform for fans of speed, power and luxury to satisfy their passion. The Urus ST-X embodies the true spirit of Lamborghini, and provides the ultimate performance in high-end luxurious design - this car will disrupt the racing industry as we know it.”
Aesthetically, the Urus ST-X Concept is characterised by the matt Verde Mantis (green) livery in addition to the hood in visible carbon fibre. Larger air intakes optimise the cooling of the V8 twin-turbo engine which is capable of delivering 650 hp (478 kW) and 850 Nm of torque. The overall look is completed by the rear wing, the lateral racing exhausts with a new hexagonal design, and 21” single-nut aluminium alloy wheels fitted with Pirelli tires.
The development of the racing configuration has also led to a 25% weight reduction compared with the production model. The light weight, along with the raised set-up and torsional stiffening provided by a roll cage integrated in the frame, contribute to making the Urus ST-X Concept a race car for track and off-road use without compromise. Its track debut will take place during the 2019 Lamborghini World Finals.