Head of Lamborghini Motorsport Giorgio Sanna says its newly announced single-make series based around a race-prepped version of the Lamborghini Urus is still a “vision” with details to be finalized in the coming months.
The Italian manufacturer took the wraps off the new concept at last month’s Lamborghini World Final in Vallelunga, announcing plans for a rallycross-style combination of circuits with the super sports utility vehicle.
“It’s a vision because we need to underline the driving capability of the Urus, the type of performance on the asphalt and on the off road,” said Sanna.
“The concept is to organize a one-make series giving the opportunity for the drivers to enjoy a super sport utility wagon, because the Urus is a super sport utility wagon, in a race configuration, having fun, with a track layout that is very similar to the rallycross concept in terms of track layout.
“The format of the championship will be different and we will unveil the concept of the format in the next months.”
Sanna confirmed that a prototype version of the vehicle has already begun testing, which is set to be ramped up in the coming months.
The Lamborghini Urus ST-X concept is equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces nearly 650 horsepower, along with larger air intakes for cooling optimization and FIA-approved safety elements including a steel roll cage, fire suppression system and FT3 fuel tank.
“In the next few months we will push a lot to continue the development to be ready for 2020, and of course there will be some additional news from our side explaining more in detail the concept of the format,” said Sanna.
“Believe me, I’ve already driven the car, it’s amazing.
“The target of the Urus ST-X, I also want to underline, is based to have fun. It’s not a category, because it’s something new that nobody has done before, that is based with the vision to become a professional driver.
“It’s something that we will give the opportunity to enjoy as much as possible on a race weekend, having fun, doing something really unique, and enjoying also the world of Lamborghini and the world of our partners that enjoy motorsport and customer racing activities with us.”
Sanna said they expect to have between 15-20 cars for the inaugural season in 2020, largely featuring gentlemen drivers as well as celebrities in one-off drives.
While the single-make series will mark Lamborghini’s foray into off-road racing, it could only be the start of the Urus model’s involvement in motorsports, as Sportscar365 understands that an evaluation was made for a potential future rally raid effort.
The discussions, centered around a possible attack on the Dakar Rally, however, are believed to still be in the preliminary stages.
Ryan Myrehn contributed to this report