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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.

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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

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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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Supercharged V8 pickup

Watch the Ram TRX Lap the Nürburgring

The TRX looked awkward but completed the lap.

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The Ram TRX is a cartoonish truck with specs that would make most people shy away. Its size, sound, and imposing appearance live up to the hype laid out on the spec sheet, and its Hellcat-derived powertrain demands attention. The truck is one heck of an off-roader, too, but a recent YouTube video proves it can dance on a racetrack, too, though not as gracefully as the low-slung cars it passes.



The YouTubers took the TRX to the imposing Nüburgring in Germany to test its mettle on track. Unsurprisingly, the big Ram rolls over kerbs and is able to blast past several cars on the track. The biggest problem for the truck is its brakes, which end up cooked halfway through the lap. In between a few blasts of NSFW language, we can hear the driver note that his brake pedal is "about halfway to the floor," though he did retain some functionality after letting things cool off. The 6,400-pound truck would likely cook all but the most hardcore motorsport brakes.

The truck appears unmodified and looks to have just over 1,000 miles on the clock for the lap. Of course, the TRX looks about as at home on a track as a Mini Cooper would rock crawling, but the truck's 4.5-second 0-60 mph and 702 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 are more impressive than many sports cars.

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New American supercar

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets reveal date

Chevy draws a line from the Z06 directly to its racing program.

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The new Chevrolet Corvettewas a revelation when it was finally announced. The car brought a mid-engine design to the Corvette line for the first time, and put decades of speculation over the shift to bed. We've all known that Chevrolet would eventually release an even higher performance Z06 version of the car, but now we know the date. The automaker just announced that the car will be revealed on October 26.

To build hype for the car's announcement, Chevy released a short teaser video of the Z06 tearing around the Nurburgring. It's clear from the film that the car we'll see in October will be a different beast from its standard predecessor, which mainly comes down to a big change in its powertrain.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new car will be revealed in October.Chevrolet


The new Z06 is expected to feature a flat-plane crank V8 that will allow it to rev to 8500 or 9000 RPM. The car should see in excess of 600 horsepower from its howling V8, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.



As it has done with other Z06 models, Chevy will bolster the Corvette's suspension and brakes to accommodate higher speeds and the jump in power. The car will be able to carry more speed into corners and stop in a shorter distance than its standard counterpart, which will improve its lap times at the track. Various active and fixed aerodynamics components are also expected.

The C8 Corvette's interior is anything but boring, and the Z06 will carry on with that tradition. We'll still see the long center strip of buttons and controls, along with a digital gauge cluster and nicely upholstered sport seats. The Z06 will most likely get more in the way of carbon fiber and race-inspired trim pieces, but the layout won't deviate from the standard car to a great degree.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette The Z06 will be powered by a flat-plane crank V8.Chevrolet

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