Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Claims Nurburgring Record from Porsche GT2 RS

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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ brings back iconic Jota name, and Nurburgring production car lap record, to the Lamborghini brand.

The Nurburgring is a wild, wild place. Car crashes seem to occur daily on this ‘toll road’ turned race track. It has also become the ultimate performance car battleground for manufacturers to showcase who really is the fastest of them all. To that end, in early 2017, Lamborghini claimed the production car lap record with it’s marvelous Huracan Performante. The track-ready baby Lambo ran the 12.9-mile long track in just 6:52. In the year and a half since that happened, the Volkswagen group has seemingly gone to war with itself, as several of the auto group’s premium and performance brands reclaimed the record, back-to-back.

The Porsche GT2 RS, the brand’s current flagship 911 model, eclipsed the Huracan Performante and its record by a massive five seconds. In the world of motorsport, five seconds is considered an eternity between lap time results. The GT2 RS did the deed in 6:47.3. For perspective, that’s 10 seconds quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar.

Now, Lamborghini has struck back against Porsche, with their latest super fast version of their flagship Aventador. Lamborghini calls it the Aventador SVJ, and if the name sounds like gibberish, trust us, it isn’t. This yet to be unveiled super car flagship is based upon the existing Aventador SV. For those who don’t speak the hands-flailing-wildly-about language of Lamborghini, that SV stands for “SuperVeloce.” That means “super speed” in English. The Aventador SV is lighter, more powerful and more track-focused than the regular car.

 

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The SVJ takes the SV mantra and turns the metaphorical dial to 11. That J in SVJ stands for Jota, which is, perhaps a bit amusingly, the Spanish way to pronounce the letter J. Possible redundancies aside, Lamborghini has brought back an iconic nameplate with the SVJ. It was last seen on an extreme performance model of the gorgeous Muira, one of the finest looking cars ever made. The J in SVJ originally indicated the Muira’s adherence to the FIA Appendix J racing regulations. It really was a racing car for the road.

Now, the Aventador SVJ carries out that mantra. To that end, the racing car for the road Aventador SVJ ran around the ‘Ring in an astonishing 6:44.97. That’s 2.3 seconds faster than the GT2 RS, and watching the video above, provided by Lamborghini, it looks absolutely brutal. Your move, Porsche.

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