It was September 0f 2017 when the Porsche 911 GT2 RS set a new lap record for standard cars at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. Stopping the clock at 6: 47.25 the German car broke the previous record that belonged to the Lamborghini Huracán LP 640-4 Performante.
The Italian company did not take it well and they prepared in a year its counter-offensive: a variant from the extreme performance of the Aventador.
Called Aventador SVJ, it 's equipped with a new V12 6.5 engine combined with four-wheel drive and managed by a seven-speed sequential gearbox.
It is the most powerful Lamborghini standard with a V12 engine ever built: it's able to reach a top speed of 351 km / h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.8 seconds thanks to the power of 770 hp with 720 Nm of couple.
Compared to the previous Aventador S, the entire vehicle is made 50 kg lighter thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber components that also covers the task of improving aerodynamics.
The car was wider thanks to a new front bumper with integrated side wings, which integrated a new air intake with the Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) system patented by Lamborghini. The front splitter is disconnected and serves as a channel for airflow.
The three-dimensional air intake on the bonnet improved both aerodynamic drag and downforce. The upper part of the bodywork has an optimized downforce, bringing the total downforce in the SVJ to values better than 70% compared to the standard SV.
The aerodynamics of the underbody are even more complex, with vortex generators working together with the front speakers, and a completely new rear diffuser with divergent fins. The SVJ rear spoiler has also been optimized with a new wing profile, an optimized ALA 2.0 system and side wings to reduce turbulence.
This is an active aerodynamic system, managed by the Lamborghini Dinamica Vehicle Active 2.0 (LDVA 2.0) control unit with improved inertial sensors. Now the flaps of the ALA system are activated in less than 500 milliseconds to guarantee the best aerodynamic configuration of the car in all driving conditions.
When ALA is deactivated, the active flaps are closed and generate the high level of downforce necessary to face high speed corners and complete braking.
When the ALA system is activated, instead, the front flaps open by reducing the pressure on the front spoiler and directing the air to the vortex generators of the underbody. This reduces aerodynamic drag and allows maximum acceleration and speed.
The Aventador SVJ has three driving modes: Road, Sport and Racing. There is also the EGO option, which allows the driver to customize the configuration of the car. The TFT display in the passenger compartment, besides having the functions of a normal instrument panel, also shows the status of the ALA functions in real time.
Brought on track on 28 July 2018, the SVJ proved to be even faster than its German rival, obtaining a lap time of 6: 44.97, breaking off the 911 by almost three seconds and becoming the fastest series car on the track.
Test Drive of the SVJ
Promotional video of the lap record in Nurburgring
Thanks to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation