Watch: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ sets new Nürburgring record
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Lamborghini have announced the yet-to-be-unveiled Aventador SVJ has set a new production car lap record at the 20.6km Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
The camouflaged all-wheel-drive Aventador SVJ was driven by Lamborghini test driver Marco Mapelli who set a new outright record lap time of 6:44.97 minutes, beating previous record time set earlier this year by the rear-wheel-drive Porsche GT2 RS of 6:47.3 minutes.
The lap was managed by Lamborghini’s Research and Development team with tire support from Pirelli. Fitted with cameras inside and out and full telemetry, under the formal scrutiny of Remak personnel who managed time and GPS certification, the lap attempt of the Aventador SVJ was set during an exclusive session on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
“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,” said Lamborghini Chairman and CEO, Stefano Domenicali.
“Its tenure as the Nürburgring lap time record holder, even before its unveiling during the 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.”
“This is another demonstration of the exceptional skills and teamwork by the dedicated personnel within Automobili Lamborghini: from the R&D team, as well as from our test drivers and, of course, partners such as Pirelli,” adds Chief Technical Officer, Maurizio Reggiani.
The Aventador SVJ is a track-focused version of the Aventador S, created to feature higher power output and lightweight materials contributing to a claimed weight-to-power ratio of 1,98 kg/hp.
It features Lamborghini’s patented ALA 2.0 active aerodynamics system with aero vectoring for the best handling and downforce, as well as new aerodynamic features specific to the SVJ.
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 Aventador LP 750-4 SV, the steering has been retuned in the SVJ. The Aventador SVJ features a new specifically-developed Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires as standard. For the lap-time attempt the optional Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires were mounted.
In 2015 the Lamborghini 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.