We have known for quite some time that LMP1 in the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours will be replaced by hypercar class from 2020. This step has been taken to rejuvenate the sport and companies such as Aston Martin, Toyota and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus have already confirmed their participation in the series. Koenigsegg has also stated that they are interested in competing in this segment. Now, Lamborghini has revealed that they too could join the series. Lamborghini’s boss Stefano Domenicali in an interview with Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed said that Italian luxury automaker is studying the potential shot at an outright Le Mans glory.
He stated that there are discussion and looking to understand the regulations to see if its of interest and there is nothing to say further as evaluation is still not finished. Without confirming anything, he said that for now, it is possible. Moreover, Stefano Domenicali said that they don’t have the budget to develop an all-new, limited-run hypercar to meet homologation requirements for the new class. Nonetheless, Lamborghini SC18 shows that they have the base for could be an interesting approach and it has internal capabilities for such a project.
Under the hypercar class regulations, manufacturers must compete with a road-going model of which at least 20 street-legal models are built over a period of two years. The cars must have a maximum weight of 1,100kg and an average output of 738hp. Hybrid systems are nor mandatory but can be used and is capped at 268hp. No official confirmation has been given but it won’t be surprising to see this iconic Italian brand at the new class segment.