Whilst the latest generation of hybrid-powered hypercar has done its very best to steal headlines of late, Lamborghini has decided to stick to its core know-how when producing the Aventador LP750-4 SuperVeloce.
A focus on weight reduction forms the thinking behind the car, with the SuperVeloce tipping the scales some 50kg lighter than the standard Aventador. This has been achieved through the ‘extensive’ application of composite materials throughout the car. The standard Aventador’s carbon fiber monocoque with lightweight aluminum frames is retained, however.
Where Lamborghini has saved weight is through the use of other carbon fiber components, such as new door panels, new rockers and fenders all produced in short fiber-reinforced sheet mouldings (SMC). Also in carbon fiber is the SuperVeloce’s new rear wing and fixed air intakes. What this translates to in reality is a weight of 1,525kgs (3,362lbs). Combined with the increased power, the power-to-weight ratio has been improved by ten per cent, to 2.03kg/hp.
Building on the Aventador’s pushrod suspension system, the SuperVeloce adds adaptive Magneto Rheological Suspension (MRS), which allows for wheel damping to be adjusted individually during cornering, as well as reducing the influence of brake diving. Lamborghini states that the addition of MRS allows the car to ‘largely suppress body roll, and to make the steering and handling even more responsive’.
The SuperVeloce gains a new electromechanical steering system, which Lamborghini refers to as ‘Lamborghini Dynamic Steering’ (LDS). By adopting three separate servotronic characteristics, the Italian OEM states that the car’s useability is improved greatly, thanks to the different steering ratios selected.
Unlike previous lightweight edition Lamborghini’s, such as the Gallardo 550-2 Balboni, the Aventador LP750-4 retains the standard car’s all-wheel drive underpinnings. Using a Haldex GenIV electronic coupling, a self-locking rear differential, and a ESP controlled electronic frontal differential, Lamborghini claims that the car’s full 750bhp is easily exploitable.
Helping transfer that power to the tarmac are bespoke, lightweight forged wheel rims that measure 9in by 20in at the front, and 13in by 21in at the rear. These are wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Corsa sports tires in 255/35ZR20 fitment up front, and 355/25ZR21 at the rear.
Behind the lightweight wheels, are lightweight brakes. Operated by a dual-hydraulic circuit, with a vacuum booster are six-piston calipers on the front axle, whilst the rear uses 4-piston items. These clamp down on carbon-ceramic discs all round, sized 400x38mm, and 380x38mm, front and rear respectively.
The final revisions to the car come in the form of a heavily revised aerodynamics package. The manually adjusted high-level rear wing offers three positions for high-mid-low downforce settings. Altering the setting can alter the aerodynamic balance of the car by up to 15%. The rear wing works in collaboration with a revised front splitter to provide a 150% increase in aerodynamic efficiency, and a downforce figure improved by 170% over then standard car.