Lamborghini Iron Lynx recently introduced the SC63 Le Mans Daytona hybrid (LMDh) car to the American audience, showcasing its prowess during a comprehensive 1,000km test at Daytona.
The team’s remarkable performance in the IMSA collective Grand Tourer Prototype (GTP) test has set the stage for an exciting debut in the upcoming racing season.
European Testing Paves the Way
Prior to its American venture, the Lamborghini Iron Lynx team diligently conducted private tests in Europe at prestigious tracks such as Imola, Paul Ricard, Almería, and Jerez de la Frontera. These rigorous sessions ensured that the SC63 was finely tuned before making its way to the United States.
Earlier in December, the team joined its 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rivals in Florida for a two-day test. This move signified a strategic shift, as the team aimed to familiarize itself with the American racing environment and competitors.
Distinct American Championship Livery
The SC63 featured a bespoke livery tailored for the American championship, characterized by a white central band, a departure from the ‘Nero Noctis’ (black) design dedicated to the FIA World Endurance Championship. This distinctive aesthetic touch showcased the team’s commitment to adapting to the nuances of each racing series.
From the onset of testing, the SC63 flawlessly executed its test program, demonstrating a remarkable absence of significant issues. The team meticulously followed the plan, allowing the car to accumulate valuable laps. These laps played a pivotal role in data collection, providing technicians with crucial insights to further enhance the car’s performance.
Impressive Lap Time and Mileage
A testament to the project’s maturity was the impressive lap time of 1m35.027 achieved on the first day of testing. This accomplishment, attributed to driver Andrea Caldarelli exclusively on day one, placed the SC63 at the summit of the official time chart. Over the two days, the car covered a total of 1,150 km, with drivers Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat, and Mirko Bortolotti taking turns behind the wheel on the second day.
Following the successful Daytona test, Lamborghini Iron Lynx now heads to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, for its second test session in the United States. Scheduled between December 12-13, this session marks a crucial phase in the SC63’s development, laying the groundwork for its racing debut.
Final Stages of Development
The Circuit of the Americas test session will conclude the development phase of the SC63, propelling it towards its eagerly awaited racing debut. The car is set to participate in the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season at the Losail circuit in Qatar on March 2.
Subsequently, the IMSA season opener at Sebring, Florida, is scheduled just three weeks later on March 16.
Giorgio Sanna, Head of Lamborghini Motorsport, expressed satisfaction with the Daytona test results. He stated, “The Daytona test provided another opportunity to gather data and gain experience with the SC63 in preparation for the upcoming season, especially on a track of such significance in terms of development and Lamborghini Squadra Corse history.” Sanna acknowledged the ongoing work on the car and commended the efforts of the Iron Lynx team and Factory Drivers.
As Lamborghini Iron Lynx continues to impress on the international racing stage, the SC63’s successful debut in the IMSA Daytona test sets a promising tone for the upcoming season. The meticulous testing and development approach, coupled with the team’s adaptability and expertise, position the SC63 as a formidable contender in the world of endurance racing.