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Lamborghini is taking its SUV racing with the Urus ST-X

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Lamborghini has announced their intensions to take the Urus SUV racing by unveiling a new concept car. Called the Urus ST-X, it is the product of Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse racing division. Projected to enter a one-make championship where customers simply arrive at the circuit and drive, the ST-X is expected to start racing officially in 2020.

The nature of the racing series will aim to capitalise on the Urus’s SUV DNA. Taking place over mixed terrain, some of the racing will occur on circuits, and some on off-road tracks. At this stage in the planning process, it’s thought that all courses for the series will be located in Europe and the Middle East.

The 4L Twin-Turbo V8 will produce the same 641bhp and 627lb-ft of torque as the standard Urus, albeit, with the aggrandisement of large vents in the bonnet for greater cooling efficiency. We can safely say however that its power will result in significantly more performance than stock, thanks to the fact that Lamborghini has stated the ST-X will be 25% lighter than the regular Urus. If that’s accurate, that would result in a sensational weight reduction of 1213lbs (550kg), bringing the overall mass down to 3637lbs (1650kg).

A steel roll cage will be integrated into the frame of the Urus in order to make it safer in the event of a high speed accident - which also increases the torsional rigidity of the chassis. A small rear spoiler features, along with new racing exhausts that run along the undersides of the car. New 21” wheels make their way to the ST-X, using a single centre nut for the benefit of easy changes. By purchasing one of these cars, a customer will also receive full support from Lamborghini at the track.

While the juxtaposition of performance SUVs has never sat well with me, I think there’s no denying that this racing series sounds entertaining to say the very least. Expect to see the ST-X debut during the Lamborghini World Finals in 2019.

But how do you guys feel about the Urus ST-X and the racing series that it’s being made for? Does it excite you, or make you feel ever so slightly ill? Let me know by voting below, and do feel free to add a quick comment, too.

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Written by: Angelo Uccello

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