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The new Lamborghini SC20 is an extreme open-top track car approved for road use

This unique car was built as a one-off for a special Lamborghini client.

Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini

The SC20 pushes the limits of a road-worthy car and track car to the extreme, all in one body. Lamborghini Squadra Corse has designed the car as a unique specimen, the second one-off creation engineered by the company's motorsport department and designed by Centro Stile in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

The engine vehicle was created following the customer's wishes. That customers was involved in the project from the start, when the car was little more than an idea sketched by Lamborghini's designers. Ultimately the design process landed on a vehicle that has extreme performance and aesthetics.

"Two years after the SC18 Alston, the SC20 was a new, intriguing challenge. The chief sources of inspiration were the Diablo VT Roadster, Aventador J, Veneno Roadster and Concept S, and the result is a dramatic combination of creativity and racing attitude," said Mitja Borkert, Head of Design Lamborghini Centro Stile.

Lamborghini SC20

Lamborghini SC20

Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini

Lamborghini engineers have polished the carbon fiber body of the car to deliver optimal airflow, ensuring both a high level of performance and comfort for the passengers, even at high speeds with the roof down. The front splitter is inspired by the Huracán GT3 EVO while the body is adopted from the Essenza SCV12. At the back is a carbon fiber wing that can be set in three different positions: Low, Medium and High Load.

The Lamborghini team painted the body of the car Bianco Fu (white), which was created explicitly for the customer. On top is a Blu Cepheus (blue) livery. The same shade is found in the interior, alternating with Nero Cosmus (black) and Bianco Leda (white).

There is visible carbon fiber on the dashboard, rear wall, door panels, center console, and steering wheel trim. The carbon fiber shells of the seats are upholstered in Alcantara and leather. The door handles on the other hand, are machined from solid aluminum. The car's air vents were created using 3D printing technology at the Sant'Agata Bolognese factory.

"The SC20 is a combination of sophisticated engineering, Italian craftsmanship, sportiness and advanced design. It is also an example of applying our V12 engine and carbon fiber to a radical open-top vehicle that unmistakably carries the Lamborghini DNA," said Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer of Automobili Lamborghini.

It is powered by Lamborghini's flagship 6.5-liter V12 engine, which delivers 759 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) gearbox. The model comes equipped with a four-wheel drive system with central electronic differential. It rides on and the Pirelli PZero Corsa tires that are mounted on single-nut aluminum rims measuring 20 inches in front and 21 inches at the rear.

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The Z06 isn't on sale yet, but it's already raising money for charities.

Chevrolet

Just a couple years ago, the Chevrolet Corvette got a major overhaul that completely changed its design, personality, and performance. The car moved to a mid-engine layout for the first time, and its V8 produces thundering performance at a reasonable price. As it has always done with the Corvette, Chevy's laying out special editions for the car, and one of the first in the new generation will be the 2023 Corvette Z06. An early Z06 sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction this weekend to raise money for charity, and the final dollar amount crested the $1 million mark.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The car raised $1 million at the Palm Beach Auction. Chevrolet

The car crossed the block at the Palm Beach Auction, which took place on April 9. It's the first production model of the car, which builds on the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette. It's powered by a 670-horsepower 5.5-liter flat plane-crank V8, which sends its power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine revs much higher than a standard V8 and features a distinct sound. Chevy says the Z06's engine offers the most horsepower of any naturally aspirated V8 on sale.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06Rick Hendrick was the winning bidder for the car. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The car's $1 million price tag raised money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The organization supports training of educators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). This auction, together with the first retail version of the car auctioned earlier this year, brings the Corvette's total charity haul to $4.6 million in 2022.

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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.

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The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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