The brand new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ won’t officially be unveiled until Monterey Car Week in August, but it already set a new lap record for production cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife
2018 has already been quite a year for new speed records. Porsche broke the all time Nürburgring lap record by 52 seconds with their 919 Hybrid Evo. Chinese start-up automobile manufacturer NIO’s EP9 became the fastest electric production car at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 set a new lap record at Virginia International Raceway. And Volkswagen’s new I.D. R fully-electric supercar obliterated the Pikes Peak Hill Climb speed record.
Camouflaged and with official Lamborghini driver Marco Mapelli behind the wheel, the Aventador SVJ successfully tackled the challenge on the 12.8 mile (20.6 km) track with a new record lap time of 6:44.97.
“The Aventador SVJ takes the Jota [letter J] 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,” explained Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman & CEO.
The Aventador SVJ is made of lightweight materials that contribute to the excellent weight-to-power ratio of only 1.98 kg/hp (4.4 lbs/hp). 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, with enhanced damping, the steering has also been retuned in the SVJ.
“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,” said Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman & CEO. “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,” added Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer.
Previously for Lamborghini, the Huracán Performante set the Nürburgring Nordschleife production car record in 2016 with a lap time of 6:52:01, which it held until September 2017.
Check out the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ in action on “The Green Hell” below…