06 March 2012

Lamborghini Aventador J - stunning one-off open air motoring

Lamborghini continues to be guilty in providing irresistible urge for the poor people to continue having a wet dream about their cars. The latest Aventador is Lamborghini at their best, with its impossibly outlandish angular geometric body styles that shouts space ship. Definitely that is the wildest as far as automotive design can go. Yes? No, enter the Aventador J, the car revealed at Geneva motorshow today.

Forget about the name, as the 'J' refers to the FIA categorization of race car class. But the Aventador here is basically based on the 'cooking' Aventador, with its roof and a large chunk of its windscreen chopped off. The outrageously dramatic skin of Aventador is retained though, with its clear, precise surfaces, as well as sharp, often broken lines that are among the unmistakable styling tools.
The front end of the 'J' is dominated by   a highly distinctive carbon fiber air scoop, with central fixing braces and upward tilting winglets on the outer edges. Viewed from the side, the front end of the Aventador J looks like a Formula 1 racing car. The bumpers are exclusive to Aventador J, where both end features the carbon fiber fins that act as flow deviators. Their purpose is to achieve a significant increase in the vehicle's downforce at both the front and the rear.

Moving further inwards, one can't help from noticing the periscope-like rear view mirror, incidentally the car highest point for its 1,110mm of height. The passengers are cocooned in the tub-like structure that is made up by the central spine that runs from from the hood inwards the cabin before splitting into two just after the cabin to open up highlight the extravaganza carbon-fibre engine bracing before melting into the rest of rear upper surface. Stealth-jet outer surface it is, invisible it is not.
Sticking to the tradition of the big Lambo, the doors are open upwards in the scissors-like mechanism. The rear end meanwhile is dominated by the outlet duct mesh.  The only surfaces exists are the rear light, rear diffuser and the gigantic tail pipes.  The rear end is crowned by an enormous fixed spoiler mounted on the bodyshell by two arms.
The cabin ditched many of the Aventador amenities meant for the tech-savvy customer. Among the items gone include the air conditioning and the sat-nav. Those are deemed un-needed for extreme open top motoring.  The Aventador J seats are made of Forged COMPOSITE®, with inserts of flexible carbon fiber fabrics: a result of an innovative Lamborghini patent. In its first automotive application, this carbon fiber fabric called "Carbonskin" is made of woven carbon fibers soaked with a very special epoxy resin that stabilizes the fiber structure and keeps the material soft. Like a hi-tech fabric, the carbon fiber mats fit perfectly to every shape. In the Aventador J, the complete cockpit and parts of the seats are clad in this material and shimmer in matt carbon fiber black. The minimalist concept is further accentuated by the lack of switchgear, saved for the small control panel housing the starter button and the switches for lights and transmission. The two programmable TFT displays behind the steering wheel are however retained. More after the jump.

The wheels are unique too in their  five-spoke aluminum construction with  central lock system and an additional carbon fiber insert that functions like a small fan for optimum brake ventilation. The wheelsmeasures  20" at the front and 21" at the rear

The results of all these extreme restyling and advanced material application is 1,575kg of kerb weight housed within the 4,890mm long of body, 2,030mm wide and 1,110mm tall.

The Aventador J continues to be powered by the drivetrain of that from the LP 700-4 Coupe meaning that the blast is provided by 6.5L V12 thrusting out 691bhp.

With the looks that appears like the product of science-fiction movie, it is surprising that the Aventador J is not a pure concept car. It is indeed for sale, albeit only '1' is made and due to find its owner right after the Geneva motorshow!

More photos can be found below, with the Geneva live from the show floor photos from Autoblog.

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