07 September, 2018

Lamborghini's Latest Attack on the Supercar Market

The Lamborghini SVJ (Super Veloce Jota - Italian for superfast) is here and with a bang. This is the car which took the record at the Nürburgring with a mighty 6:44.97s lap time - 2.27 seconds faster than the previous holder, the Porsche GT2 RS. 

We know it's fast but how fast? Lamborghini has been hard at work trying to find new ways to improve their flagship supercar, so they took inspiration from the past and added the Jota suffix - the peak of Lamborghini's powers.

Their CEO, Stefano Domenicali, revealed the inspiration behind the car. Engineers were expected to improve the essence of a Lamborghini supercar by seeking inspiration from spaceships to fighter jets. Why? They are benchmarks for efficiencies.  

Is this the ultimate V12 Lamborghini? Let's take a closer look at the SVJ. But first, how does it compare to its predecessor, the SV?

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Vs SV

The main difference between the SVJ and SV lies in the aerodynamics, the new fascination among supercar and hypercar makers. The SVJ contains an array of new gadgets that trounce the SV.

Firstly, the newly designed front and rear diffusers improve the underbody airflow of the SVJ which is converted into performance gains.

Secondly, you'll notice the exhaust is located in the centre of the rear. This does two things. It looks awesome and the shortened exhaust system saves weight and creates an opportunity for a full-length rear diffuser to increase downforce.

Finally, the whole shape of the car has an aerodynamic purpose with the aim of increasing downforce levels. If you want a greater insight into how downforce can affect cars then check out our blog post: Review of the Brabham BT62.

We know the science but what are the numbers?

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Performance

Words floating around conclude that it's the ultimate V12-powered Lamborghini. Is this the Jota effect? Take a look at the stats.

  • 217mph top speed.
  • A V12 engine capable of 759BHP.
  • 0-62mph in 2.8s.
  • 4 Driving modes: Sport, EGO, Corsa and Strada.
  • Cost: £291,667, €349,116 or USD 517,770 starting price.

Need a visual aid? Here's the record lap at the Nürburgring which tests every aspect of the car.

Via:  Lamborghini

What you heard was equivalent of a Beethoven symphony.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Handling

Taking the lap record at the Nürburgring is not easy, especially from Porsche. So how did Lamborghini do it?

The answer lies in its handling. Lamborghini took their ALA system (Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva) and calibrated it to turn this punchy supercar into a speed demon.

The ALA system helps the car to control its power and harness every aspect of its performance capabilities with active motors which manipulate airflow to produce high downforce or low drag.

How? Placed around the car, active flaps open or close depending on the road conditions.

Final Words

Lamborghini has really done a number on the Supercar market with the SVJ. The last time they used the Jota suffix was on the Diablo and we all know how that went.

The SVJ contains all the necessary tools to make it the greatest V12 Lamborghini ever and the ALS system has taken it to a new level.

Lamborghini has smashed the boundaries of their own performance with this car and it will act as a reference point for the future.

With talk of Lamborghini entering the hypercar market, we can only imagine what they will come up with.

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