With the technological and aerodynamic leap that was primarily responsible for Lamborghini breaking the production car lap record at the Nurburgring last year with the Huracan Performante with a 6:52.01, the looming question was how much quicker could the Italian carmaker manage if they had applied the same hardcore treatment to their flagship supercar, the V12-powered Aventador.
Having swiftly lost that very same Nurburgring lap title to Porsche’s new 911 GT2 RS by a huge 5 seconds, setting a 6:47.30 scorcher, the folks at Sant’Agata are surely itching to get back at the Germans. Enter the Lamborghini Aventador Jota, the rumoured name given to their new mega-hardcore supercar.
An Aventador test prototype has been spotted testing around the Nordschleife, sporting the same kind of extensive aerodynamic alterations that the was first worn on the Huracan Performante. Earmarked for a 2020 debut, this new Aventador carries on a naming legacy that began with the Miura in the 1970s, and continuing on with the Diablo SE a couple of decades later.
All previous Jotas (pronounced Yota) featured a raft of enhancements that essentially made them more racer than road goer, a fitting moniker for what could be Lamborghini’s most powerful car yet, not to mention its engineering objective of also being the most devastatingly rapid on track.
There’s no doubt that Lambo will be using their Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (active aerodynamics) technology that’s adaptive enough to basically suck the car onto the surface during corners and reduce drag at high speed. Perhaps their aero division will have layered some improvements over the Huracan Performante by the time this new Aventador rolls out.
In terms of sheer thrust, the car will surely stick to a naturally aspirated L539 V12 displacing around 6.5-litres and mated to a semi-automatic transmission (perhaps even a a dual-clutch, finally) funnelling drive to all four wheels. However, they will surely have tried to extract as much power from the mid-mounted, which means that it would handily surpass the Aventador SV’s 544kW.
By 2020, its tentative launch year, Lamborghini would likely be well on track to unveiling an all-new V12 supercar to replace the Aventador family just as it did in 2011 following the demise of the Murcielago and Diablo before that. Should they achieve their goal of once again claiming the title of fastest production car around the Nurburgring, it will be a fitting end to model line.