Sometimes you simply walk by a construction site and the sheer depth of the foundation that's being put together tells you that a gargantuan architectural project is about to rise. You get the same feeling when you find out the exterior dimensions of the Aventador.
The lunacy of the 2,26 meters (88.98 in.) in width is only matched by the absurd height of 1.136 mm (44.72 in.), while the 4,78 meters (188.19 in.) in length make sure you don't mistake this creature for a junior supercar.
A carbon fiber construction was a sine qua non for Lamborghini's flagship vehicle and while this may have brought certain R&D difficulties, it's the designers of the car that felt the real pressure of the project.
The carbon fiber structures are produced in-house and so is the styling, but the designers in the Centro Stile Lamborghini had to fight for the right of penning this one.
The company threw in a blank drawing board, a pair of scissor doors
, a few requirements dictated by the engineering department and concluded by saying "may the best team win!". The company's own designers competed with those from the outside for the project. The aim was to create something entirely new, but which would instantly be recognized as a Raging Bull.
The flow of ideas , with the proposals ranging from a modern interpretation of a Miura to whatever futuristic sketch one can think of and the people form Sant'Agata Bolognese won. Let's see what made their proposal the best.
The lines of a Lamborghini are one of the most important elements that sell the car. This means that the designers couldn't afford to disturb this with aerodynamic elements, preferring to integrate these into the design. In the process, they also drew inspiration from the aeronautical industry.
The Aventador starts with a remarkably low structure which clearly knows the concept of labor division. The head-turning is done by the fresh, sharp lines and once the attention is captured, there are multiple familiar elements that burn the name "Lamborghini" into your mind. The latter include the shape of the air intakes
, which are accentuated by black surrounds, a common feature for all the air intakes and outlets of the car. Another characteristic visual element of the brand is the the "Y" theme used for the headlights
of the car can be defined by drawing one single line. This approach was chosen because the designers knew that fire-breathing V12 needed generous air intakes on the sides
, so dividing the car into the typical three zones was not an option. The C-pillars also integrate a set of air intakes
, which vary their opening according to the thermal needs of the powerplant - thank you Murcielago.
As for the roof, this mixes two elements. On one hand we have the aforementioned flowing of the form, which brings a low line, which is combined with inspiration drawn from the world of insects. The sculpture-like transparent engine cover
, probably the only true compromise function has made for form in this car, follows both of these pathways.
When an Aventador performs an overtaking maneuver, you may notice three areas of the rear end, as well as a fourth hidden one. We'll start from the top down, which brings us to the rear spoiler. This normally sits hidden within the car's lines and has two other positions. An 11-degree tilt angle provides downforce when driving in the mid-range speed area, while heading towards the top of the speedometer will bring a 4-degree angle.
use the trademark "Y" theme and in between them, just under the "Lamborghini" badging, we find the rear-view camera
- this position keeps it clean for longer.
The massive air vents placed at a great distance from one another help emphasize the impression of width, while the lower area is dominated by the massive diffuser. This works together with the flat underbody to keep the car on the road and integrates the exhaust
. Don't be fooled by the latter's domestic character shown in the city, it adores spitting flames every once in a while.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
I rarely find myself in a mental state that doesn't allow me to focus on anything at all, but the Aventador seems to have caused exactly this. It all started when I took it to my private karting track and was shocked to find out it uses the same steering wheel as my go-karts.
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