Progressive Excellence – Lamborghini Aventador

    2022 will mark the final deliveries of the Lamborghini Aventador with the Ultimae LP 780-4 Coupe (350 units) and roadster (250 units). The Ultimae brings together the technical and dynamic know-how of Lamborghini’s V12-engined flagship from nearly 11-years of production. Lamborghini’s modern flagship dream machine was first launched as the Aventador LP700-4 in 2011. Since then, new, exciting, and more advanced variants were released; all the while maintaining the desirable brilliance as the pinnacle super sportscar. Aventador brought with it notable innovations, here are some of the highlights.

    Carbon Fiber
    The Aventador was made with a carbon fiber monocoque (car cockpit, floor, and roof) – a first for Lamborghini supercars. Lamborghini’s production techniques saw it catapult to the forefront of composite productions and was the first company to produce a large number of carbon-fiber elements in-house. When combined with its front and rear aluminum subframes, the whole chassis weighed less than 250 kg and had superior rigidity. Roadster variants of the Aventador saw minimal losses in chassis rigidity, and the two carbon-fiber roof panels weighed less than 6 kg each.

    Every Aventador has used an innovative Push Rod suspensions system. Inspired by Formula 1 cars, the system mounts the suspension springs horizontally rather than upright, this transmits forces more evenly and keeps the car’s wheels connected to the tarmac more consistently. Later iterations saw incorporation of magnetorheological shock absorbers (MRS) for the Aventador SV, Aventador S, Aventador SVJ, and Aventador Ultimae. This uprated system increased suspension response time and introduced adaptive capabilities as the system continually adjusted damping to reduce body roll and front-end stability under hard braking.

    Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva (LDVA)
    First introduced in the Aventador S, LDVA is an improved Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. The system more precisely and effectively maintains traction and vehicle handling than preceding systems. This is achieved through more intelligent sensor systems that work in-tandem with the selected drive mode to deploy the best amount of traction as needed.

    Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva 2.0 (ALA 2.0)
    The patented ALA system was first introduced on the Huracán Performante. The system actively varies aerodynamic loads on the front and rear of the car to either achieve high downforce for cornering or low drag to reach higher top speeds. This is done by specialized motors which open or close flaps in the front splitter or on the engine hood to feed to the rear wing. The Aventador SVJ launched ALA 2.0, a recalibrated and unique system that accounted for the car’s greater acceleration capabilities, and enhanced channels for optimized airflow.

    All-Wheel Steering
    The Aventador S was the first variant to use Lamborghini Rear-Wheel Steering (LRS). The system provides greater low-speed agility and higher-speed cornering stability. Two intelligent actuators reacted within five milliseconds to the driver’s steering inputs and would adjust the rear-wheel steering angle to a fixed degree. At low speeds, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels to tighten the car’s turning circle and increase maneuverability. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels to reduce body movement and ensure lateral stability. LRS worked in tandem with the Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) system on the front axle to guarantee a natural-feeling response and greater reactivity on tighter corners.

    As the Aventador’s successor draws nearer on the horizon, it is inspiring to recount the successes of Lamborghini’s modern V12 dream machine. Thank you for everything Aventador, we will love you forevermore.

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