Saturday, January 21, 2023

Lamborghini’s latest Sports Cars Endeavours

As the Raging Bull joins the Party with two new Studs…


Guessing it’s Old News for Y’all, if you’re a Sports Car Aficionado. That Lamborghini Squadra Corse has chosen Iron Lynx to be it’s Factory Team for when the new, yet undesignated Lamborghini Le Mans Daytona Hybrid (LMDH) competitor debuts one year from now at the 2024 Daytona 24 Hours. With Lamborghini Iron Lynx set to compete in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTP class, and the FIA World Endurance Championship’s (WEC) Hypercar category.


What little that’s known about the new LMDH project is that it’s chassis will be produced by Ligier and that it will utilize a Twin Turbo V-8 for it’s motivating power, coupled to the Spec Hybrid Energy Recovery System. (ERS)


As I’d Arse-sume this will be a Badge Engineered version of the same 4.6-litre twin turbo V-8 underneath the Porshce 963’s Bonnet. Since after all, Lamborghini is part of the Volkswagen Group, i.e.; Parent company of Porsche…


The Cesena, Emilia-Romagna based Italian team began competing in 2017, and has traditionally campaigned Ferrari’s. As I only became aware of them upon their Iron Dames project commencing in 2019. Thus the team has made great strides to becoming the Werks’ Lamborghini Squadra Corse team in 2024.


Interestingly for Mwah, according to Racer’s Richard S. James, Swiss based DC Racing Solutions Ltd owns the Iron Lynx Motor Lab team, it’s Iron dames outfit and Prema, presumably the Championship winning Italian Prema Racing team that competes in FIA Formula 2 amongst other racing series.


Lamborghini Squadra Corse will collaborate with Iron Lynx thru a technical partnership with Prema engineering, making this sound like a fairly serious effort. And Iron Lynx will campaign Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2’s in this year’s IMSA’s four Endurance rounds, along with the European GT World Challenge Endurance Cup.


All of which brings us to Lamborghini Squadra Corse announcing it’s latest Factory Driver, an Andretti Autosport IndyCar Driver named Romain Grosjean. As the Frenchman will contest this year’s Rolex 24 in the No. 63 Iron Lynx GTD Pro Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2 with Lamborghini’s previously announced Factory HotSchues’ Mirko Bortolotti and Andrea Caldarelli. Along with Jordan Pepper.


As Grosjean will also be involved as a Development Driver for the yet unnamed LMDH racecar during the summer, when not busy with His “Day Job” in IndyCar or contesting the IMSA Endurance Cup events…


Meanwhile, lost in all of this LMDH Prototype Noise is the fact that Lamborghini will debut it’s brand new, latest iteration of it’s winning Huracan GT3 racecar, the Evo2 at Daytona this January. Where Iron Lynx will be running the aforementioned No. 63 GTD Pro entry.


As the Evo2 is a brand new racecar that has much to live up to. As the first Huracan GT3 Evo racecar has won more than 40 races Internationally, multiple Championships and three consecutive Rolex 24 GTD Class victories from 2018-2020!


The Evo2 features all new Bodywork front and rear, i.e.; new front Splitter and rear wing. Along with an all new carbon fiber floor, and I’d guess revised overall Aerodynamics.


But reportedly, it’s most striking visual change is the new Hexagonal shaped engine air intakes. With “Snorkels” directing Air into it’s 5.2-litre normally aspirated V-10 engines ten individually electronically actuated throttle Bodies for better engine response.


Arse-sumedly the Evo2 focuses upon Drivability for better overall performance in the Dreaded era of (BoP) Balance of Performance regulations. Along with featuring a new, upgraded braking system for improved stopping when Whoaing Down the Lambo’.


As Lamborghini will have five Huracan GT3 Evo2’s on Daytona’s Rolex 24 Grid. With the lone No. 63 GTD Pro entry along with the #19 Iron Lynx and #83 Iron Dames GTD (Daytona) entries. Plus the No. 42 NTE Sport/SSR and NO. 78 SADA Systems/USRT GTD entries. Having never heard of either of these latter two, presumably new GTD Race Teams…