Lamborghini is bringing a brand new racing championship to market using a race-spec version of the Urus SUV.
Lamborghini calls their latest concept the Urus ST-X. The Italian supercarmaker says that the ST-X will form the basis of a new single-brand championship race tournament along the same lines as the Super Trofeo World Cup does for the Huracan. Only this time, it’ll be all done in Urus SUVs and combine both on-road and off-road track elements.
But what about the new ST-X? It’s got the same power plant as the regular model, which is a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 that produces 641 hp and 627 lb-ft. That’s a goodly amount of power for any vehicle, and even on a big SUV like the Urus, it still gives the ute a whole lot of oomph.
However, this is a racing SUV and as such it’s been modified to be FIA compliant. That means a new roll cage, fire suppression system, and an FT3 fuel tank. It also has larger air intakes for more optimized cooling and a new carbon fiber hood for additional weight savings.
For cool-factor, a new rear wing graces the rear liftgate, while the exhaust now pushes out the sides rather than the back. These modifications and more combine to make the ST-X 25% lighter than the regular Urus, which puts the ST-X around 3,675 lbs.
Lamborghini hopes to debut their new tournament beginning in 2020 in Europe and the Middle East. FIA-approved circuits will combine both on-road and off-road elements to make races both extremely challenging and to take advantage of the Urus’s more off-road nature.
On top of that, Lamborghini wants to encourage amateur drivers to join in the fun thanks to their “arrive and drive” race formula. Basically, this means Lamborghini will provide your race-spec Urus and an entire technical team to keep you in the running during race weekends. You just need to fly in on your private jet for a weekend of on-and-off-road racing while Lamborghini takes care of all the heavy lifting.
We’ll have to see if Lamborghini gets enough interest to have people join in on their pre-made off-road racing tournament. It’ll all depend if they can find enough rich speed demons willing to get dirty in the name of fun.