New Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has set a new record for production cars at the Nurburgring Nordschleife with a lap-time of 6:44.97 minutes. This beats the record time of Porsche 911 GT2 RS' 6:47.3 and the Nio EP9's run in 6:45.9. Official Lamborghini driver Marco Mapelli was the one behind the wheels to set this new record at the 20.6 km track. Lamborghini’s Research and Development team managed this challenge with extensive tire support from Pirelli technicians and driver.
Speaking on this, Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Automobili Lamborghini 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. 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.”
Further, Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer added,“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.”
Lamborghini claims that the yet to launch Aventador SVJ has been entirely re-engineered to enhance its four-wheel drive system, rear-wheel steering and ESC. Moreover, the car has been developed with significant CFD simulation to optimize the ALA performance, with the exceptional downforce requiring an entire rework of the Aventador’s active and passive dynamic systems to exploit the car’s physical boundaries. The ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva) strategies for the Aventador SVJ has been developed on through both static and dynamic virtual simulations. In fact, a virtual attempt at the Nürburgring Nordschleife has returned a better lap time than the Lamborghini Huracán Performante.
For the lap-time attempt the optional Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires were mounted, but a new specifically-developed Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are standard. Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV delivered a 6:59.73 lap time in 2015, thereafter it was the Huracan Performante that touched the Nurburgring track, making a production car lap time record of 6:52.01 in 2016, held until September 2017.