Lamborghini SC63 Storms into IMSA with Thrilling 1150km Test Run at Daytona

The Iron Lynx team's Lamborghini SC63 LMDh tested alongside its IMSA SportsCar Championship competitors at the Florida track. The GTP Class races begin in March.

By Divyam Dubey | on December 11, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

Lamborghini achieved a significant milestone at the end of the Daytona tests held throughout the week. The Iron Lynx crew expertly managed the SC63, which participated in the Florida track among other cars from the IMSA SportsCar Championship. The team was preparing for the GTP Class competition, which is scheduled to start in March. During the American sessions, the Sant'Agata Bolognese team continued to refine its hybrid prototype mounted on a Ligier chassis, following extensive testing at Vallelunga, Imola, Paul Ricard, Almeria, and Jerez. The car successfully covered a total distance of 1150km over two testing days, with drivers Andrea Caldarelli, Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat, and Mirko Bortolotti taking turns behind the wheel.

In the American championship, the SC63 car sported a custom-made livery, with a unique white middle band, which stood out against the black appearance of the car designated for the FIA World Endurance Championship. During the testing phase, the SC63 performed impeccably, without meeting any significant problems. The vast number of laps completed was crucial in gathering critical data for technicians, contributing to the further enhancement of the car's performance.

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A notable indication of the project's advancement was the impressive time of 1m35.027 achieved during the first day of testing. Thanks to Andrea Caldarelli's expert supervision, the SC63 was able to achieve this feat on day one, putting it at the top of the official timetable. On the second day, Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat, and Mirko Bortolotti each took their turn driving, resulting in a combined mileage of 1,150km travelled during the testing period.

Giorgio Sanna, Head of Lamborghini Motorsport, said, ‘The Daytona test provided another opportunity to gather data and gain experience with the SC63 in preparation for the upcoming season, especially on a track of such significance in terms of development and Lamborghini Squadra Corse history. There is still a lot of work to be done on the car ahead of its debut, but we are satisfied with the technical progress and the work of the Iron Lynx team and our Factory Drivers.’

Lamborghini SC63 LMDh Prototype: Engine

Lamborghini intends to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race with two vehicles. In contrast to the Porsche 963, the SC63's V-8 engine is completely redesigned. The newly introduced 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine employs a 'cold vee' configuration, where the turbochargers are positioned outside to enhance accessibility and provide a lower centre of gravity. According to the manufacturer, the new engine will serve as an essential foundation for the upcoming fleet of vehicles manufactured by the company.

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Several companies have shown significant interest in the LMDh formula in recent years. The Hypercar series will consist of 20 cars in 2024, with new additions from BMW, Alpine, Lamborghini, and Isotta Fraschini. Additionally, there is a possibility of an additional car from Cadillac and two cars from Porsche through its customers.

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