The Lamborghini Aventador J was one of the highlights of the Geneva Motor Show. The roofless and windowless concept car uses the same V12 engine as the standard Aventador which puts out 700 horsepower. But did you know this one-off speedster version was built in just six weeks?
Top Gear Magazine had an interview with designer Filippo Perini, who revealed the process of designing, developing and building the car was done in quite a rush. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann asked Perini on the 14th of January to do ‘something special’ for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
The designer received a carte blanche, but was obligated to sketch something in just one weekend. The show in Geneva was only six weeks in the future, so the whole process turned out to be a real challenge. As Top Gear reports, this was even more impressive than you might think.
The only parts the conceptual Aventador J derived from its regular counterpart are the front bonnet, front fender, rear fender and headlights. All other body parts, the diffuser, winglets, exhaust pipes, rear deck and off course the rear view mirror and windscreens are entirely new.
Also impressive is the fact this car is street-legal (well, in Italy at least) and was sold even before its official unveiling to a Lamborghini enthusiast who wired the € 2.1 million within a few minutes from his account to Sant’Agata Bolognese.
As reported before, the Lamborghini Aventador J gets its name remarkably from the sporting rules of the FIA world motorsport organization. Its “Appendix J” defines the technical specification of race cars in the various classes. But this also refers to Jota ‒ the name of the tenth letter of the Spanish alphabet and Portuguese alphabet ‒ and a name used in the history of the Italian bull as Filippo Perini explained:
I have always wanted to do something with the ‘Jota’ name. Inspiration comes from the past, and the Jota is the true heritage of our company.
Within a time frame of only six weeks Perini and his team managed to add another chapter to Lamborghini’s heritage. And let’s be honest, it is quite an impressive chapter.