Lamborghini Urus ST-X concept previews new racing series

November 19, 2018

Check out this crazy concept. Lamborghini is showing off the racing potential of its new super SUV with the Urus ST-X concept. It has been developed by Lamborghini’s Squadra Corsa motorsport division.

The Urus ST-X concept is pitched as a motorsport-ready version of the SUV, featuring all of the necessary components for FIA approval to go racing, including a complete fire extinguisher system, steel roll cage, and FT3 fuel tank.

For the exterior there’s a unique aero kit complete with a carbon fibre bonnet and special vents, an aggressive front air intake system and spoiler, a wing for the back, and a chunky diffuser underneath. There’s also a set of hexagonal exhausts.

Other highlights include a set of 21-inch lightweight racing wheels wearing Pirelli track-ready tyres. The body is also coated in Lamborghini’s eye-catching Verde Mantis green, only with a matt finish for that cool look.

There’s no mention of any performance upgrades under the bonnet, but that’s not a bad thing. The Urus comes powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as standard. It produces 478kW and 850Nm, which is enough to see 0-100km/h done and dusted in a claimed 3.6 seconds.

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Even though there mightn’t be any under-bonnet modifications, the enhancements have led to a 25 per cent weight reduction compared with the regular production model. This should help with acceleration and general performance, as well as handling. Some chassis reinforcements also help to improve torsional rigidity.

Lamborghini is serious about launching the Urus ST-X as a fully-fledged racing series in a couple of years. In a statement, the company said:

“The vision is a car conceived for an innovative single-brand championship that combines race circuit and off-road track. The new format will debut in 2020 in Europe and the Middle East on specially prepared FIA-approved circuits, with an ‘arrive and drive’ formula designed to offer driver-customers a complete package including car and technical support during the race weekends.”

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.