After unveiling its prototype called SC63, the Italian brand Lamborghini assured to arrive in the world endurance championship in 2024 with the desire to be competitive from the start.
The Hypercar category continues to grow. After a centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans rich in emotion with the victory of Ferrari against Toyota, another Italian brand will be there from 2024. A little more than a year after announcing its desire to join the category -queen of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), confirming the rumors circulating for several months, Lamborghini has gone from declarations to action.
On the occasion of the famous “Festival of Speed” in Goodwood, the brand based in Sant’Agata Bolognese has unveiled its prototype called SC63 which will be aligned both in the WEC and in the North American IMSA championship with the Iron Lynx team. Among the drivers who will take the wheel, we will find Romain Grosjean and Daniil Kvyat. While the competition will be tough, with also Alpine which will be on the grid with its A424, the Italian firm ensures that it wants to weigh in from its debut during the opening round of the 2024 season, in Qatar.
We can’t wait to enter the track and just drive. The Lamborghini SC63 is our first hybrid racing prototype. Ready to push beyond ordinary races.#Lamborghini
— Lamborghini (@Lamborghini) July 14, 2023
Lamborghini relies on Grosjean and Kvyat
« For us, the objective is to be competitive from the first racesaid Rouven Mohr, technical director of Lamborghini, in remarks collected by the specialized site motorsport.com. You can ask me what it means to be competitive, if it’s one win, two wins, ten wins… I can’t predict it because it would be unrealistic. Anyone familiar with the competition knows that making predictions is unrealistic. I can only tell you that our ambition is to be competitive. And being competitive means not being in tenth place. »
Owned by Volkswagen, like Porsche, the Italian brand will field a prototype that has little in common with the German manufacturer’s 963. In effect, it is the French manufacturer Ligier which supplies the chassis to Lamborghini. In addition to the two former Formula 1 drivers, but also Mirko Bortolotti and Andrea Caldarelli, who have been with the brand for a long time, Lamborghini will recruit two additional drivers to form its crews, one being focused on the IMSA championship and the other in the WEC championship, both of which will be entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “We are not looking for drivers from a certain championship or with specific experience in Hypercar, adds Rouven Mohr. We are more looking for a driver with a profile and personality that suits the team. Announcements on this subject are expected shortly.