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Lambo’s Aventador J for ‘jugular’

2012-03-06 12:34

POSTER CHILD FOR CARBON FIBRE: The Aventador J's body is constructed almost entirely from lightweight carbon fibre materials.

Lamborghini calls its latest Aventador concept its most “uncompromising open super sports car” in its history and the 515kW V12 super-stomper, dripping in the latest carbon-fibre technology, has just had its first outing at the 2012 Geneva auto show.

The Aventador J is a two-seater produced at Sant’Agata Bolognese that has been designed to showcase the new solutions and materials and demonstrate Lamborghini’s expertise in carbon-fibre technology.

Technically based on the already-radical Aventador LP 700-4, the nomenclature’s J is derived from the FIA’s rulebook where “Appendix J” defines the technical specification of race cars in different classes.


But while designers and engineers have done away with the roof, they’ve also tossed the front windshield into the scrap pile replacing it, instead, with two small wind deflectors. This, on a vehicle capable of reaching speeds in excess of 300km/h…

The Aventador J concept uses Lamborghini’s 6.5-litre twelve-cylinder with 515kW on tap along with a performance transmission and permanent all-wheel drive.  

Along with losing its roof and windshield, the Aventador’s airconditioning system and navigation system have also been omitted to take the sports car to an even lower weight.

2012 Lamborghini Aventador J concept

TERRIFYING: There's nothing soft and gentle about the image of an Aventador charging on track.

Widespread use of carbon fibre technology has been made in developing the Aventador J’s monocoque and the seats made of a forged composite material with inserts of flexible carbon fibre fabrics. Carbonskin, a new carbon fibre material made of woven carbon fibres soaked in a special epoxy resin, is also used for the cabin and the parts of the seats. 


Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, said: “The new Lamborghini Aventador J is the most radical open supersports car of Lamborghini’s history. Its name comes from our tradition and combines an unconventional design with technology innovation.

“Nowadays we are confronted with several regulations that we face in the spirit of challenge. The Aventador J is the proof that, despite the rules, Lamborghini will always make people dream, even in the future.”

Unfortunately for those lucky enough to have already started counting out their rands, Lamborghini’s Aventador J is an “absolute one-off” that will be going to one lucky guy (or girl) alone. Such sadness.

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