Ahead of its unveiling at the Monterey Car Week in August, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has set a new Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for production cars with a time of 6 minutes and 44.97 seconds. Helmed by official Lamborghini driver Marco Mapelli and wearing camouflage to somewhat disguise its final form, the Aventador SVJ scored this success in an exclusive session at the 20.6 km track overseen by Lamborghini’s Research and Development team, while Pirelli provided extensive tire support.
Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman & CEO, explained that, “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. Its tenure as the Nürburgring lap time record holder, even before its unveiling during Monterey Car Week in California in August, endorses Lamborghini’s competence in applying superlative design engineering and ground-breaking technologies. The SVJ is a super sports car at the zenith of performance, while also ensuring unrivalled driving pleasure.”
Thanks to an even higher power output and lightweight construction with advanced materials, the Aventador SVJ features an impressive weight-to-power ratio of only 1.98 kg/hp. The patented Lamborghini ALA 2.0 active aerodynamics system with aero vectoring further enhances its performance envelope with optimized downforce alongside new SVJ-specific aerodynamic features.
With the ALA system having been optimized with significant CFD simulation, the Aventador SVJ’s active and passive dynamic systems have been entirely reworked to exploit its exceptional downforce levels. A re-engineered setup enables its four-wheel drive system, rear-wheel steering and ESC to work in harmony with its other enhanced systems. The dynamic upgrades are rounded out by enhanced damping significantly stiffer than even the Aventador LP750-4 SV and retuned steering.
Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer, added, “This is another demonstration of the exceptional skill and teamwork of the dedicated personnel within Automobili Lamborghini: the R&D team, as well as our test drivers, and of course partners such as Pirelli.” It also marks another achievement scored by Lamborghini at the ‘Ring; the Aventador LP750-4 SV delivered a sub-seven minute lap time in 2015, and in 2016 the Huracán Performante set its Nürburgring Nordschleife production car lap record time of 6 minutes 52:01 seconds which stood until September 2017.