RING MASTER – Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Records are meant to be broken, and Lamborghini have done it! 

The Aventador SVJ has smashed the Porsche 911 GT2 RS' Nürburgring lap record by over 2 seconds. The new lap record for production cars at the 'Green Hell' now stands at 6:44.95. It also beat the 6:45.90 set by the all-electric Nio EP9 supercar.

The Aventador SVJ completed the challenge with factory driver Marco Mapelli at the helm, running on Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres, which will apparently be offered as an option alongside the P Zero Corsa. Fitted with cameras inside and out and full telemetry, under the formal scrutiny of Remak personnel who managed time and GPS certification using VBOX-Racelogic instrumentation, the lap attempt of the Aventador SVJ was performed during an exclusive session at the Nürburgring.

It’s also been disclosed that the 6.5-litre V12 Aventador SVJ produces 566kw and 720nm - 15kw more than the Aventador SV, and combined with the weight-to-power ratio of 1.98 kg/hp (versus 2.03 kg per hp for the SV), this means that the new Aventador SVJ tips the scales at just 1,524kg. 

However, as much as much of its performance improvement over the SV can be attributed to a bump in power and a lighter curb weight, the reality is that the majority of its gains come courtesy of Lamborghini’s ALA 2.0 active aerodynamics system with aero vectoring, which the Italian supercar maker says guarantees the best handling and downforce. The set-up of the Aventador SVJ has been entirely re-engineered to enhance its four-wheel drive system, rear-wheel steering and ESC. Significantly stiffer than the SV, the steering has been retuned in the SVJ.

In 2015 the Aventador LP 750-4 SV delivered a sub-seven minute lap time, and in 2016 the Huracán Performante took the Nürburgring Nordschleife production car record, with a lap time of 6:52.01, which it held until September 2017. In roughly two years, the record has tumbled by 10 seconds — a massive leap in the automotive performance world.

Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini's CEO said: "The Aventador SVJ takes the Jota suffix, following the Lamborghini tradition for denoting a car’s track-focused talent. This new car is the convergence of Lamborghini technologies to produce a super sports car that transcends current performance benchmarks."

The SVJ represents the final send off for the Aventador and stands for Super Veloce Jota. The Jota name, last seen on the Diablo SE30, represents Lamborghini’s second Aventador-based tribute to the Miura, after the limited-edition Miura Homage launched back in 2016.

The Aventador SVJ will be officially unveiled at the Monterey Car Week next month. 

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