KW Ventures into the Hypercar Realm with Lamborghini

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KW Ventures into the Hypercar Realm with Lamborghini

Lamborghini, the epitome of luxury and performance, has taken a leap into the future of motorsports with the groundbreaking SC63, the first Le Mans Hypercar featuring KW Formula Racing dampers. KW automotive, the official technical partner of Lamborghini Squadra Corse, unveiled its cutting-edge motorsport dampers during the Essen Motor Show 2023, setting the stage for a new era in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

A Milestone for Lamborghini Squadra Corse and KW Automotive

The SC63, a hybrid prototype sports car equipped with KW V6 Formula Racing CPR Heave dampers and KW V5 Formula Racing CPR Roll dampers, represents a significant milestone for both Lamborghini Squadra Corse and KW automotive. As the top-class partner in the FIA World Endurance Championship, KW's suspension technology is set to redefine the standards of aerodynamic performance.

Innovative Suspension Technology for High-Performance Racing

Collaborating closely with Lamborghini Squadra Corse's motorsport department, KW automotive developed the chassis for the SC63. The meticulous fine-tuning on the KW 7-post test rig and successful track tests showcase the dedication to perfection shared by both partners.

The SC63's drive unit delivers enhanced performance, featuring Squadra Corse's 3.8-litre V8 biturbo engine coupled with a rear axle electric motor. KW's Solid Piston dampers, a first in the world of premier WEC and IMSA sportscar championship hypercar classes, further contribute to the vehicle's exceptional capabilities.

KW Formula Racing Series: A New Dimension in Damping Technology

The Lamborghini SC63 introduces the KW V6 Formula Racing CPR Heave and V5 Formula Racing CPR Roll dampers from the innovative KW Formula series. Based on through-rod technology, these dampers cater specifically to prototype sports cars, including Le Mans hypercars, LMDh hypercars, and formula cars.

The continuous piston rod design of the V6 and V5 dampers nullifies gas expansion force and minimises hysteresis, ensuring stable ride height even under extreme conditions. The advantages of high-frequency operation over a short stroke and temperature-independent performance make these dampers ideal for high-downforce vehicles like the SC63.

Precision Adjustability for Optimal Performance

The V6 CPR Heave damper boasts five-way adjustability, allowing precise tuning of compression and rebound parameters. Additionally, an adjustable blow-off valve in the compression direction and a click mechanism for spring preload adjustments offer unparalleled control over the vehicle's handling.

The V5 CPR Roll damper, adjustable in three ways, ensures uniform functionality in low-speed, high-speed, and blow-off directions for both compression and rebound. The dampers' slim design is optimised for weight, complying with the strict regulations of the LMDh prototype sports car.

A Promising Future with KW Automotive

As the official technical partner, KW Automotive's commitment to research, development, and production has solidified its position as a trusted name in the automotive industry. With approximately one-third of GT3 race cars in prestigious championships racing with KW Racing dampers, the partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse marks a significant stride into the future of hypercar technology.

With over 370 employees at its headquarters in Fichtenberg, Germany, KW Automotive's agility and capability to produce customised products position it as an increasingly preferred choice for OE customers in motorsport projects and special models. As the Lamborghini SC63 takes centre stage in 2024, KW Automotive continues to pave the way for innovation in hypercars.

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