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Lamborghini Aventador: 10 innovations in 10 years

Sant’Agata Bolognese, June 30, 2021 - In March 2011 in Geneva, during the launch of the Aventador LP 700-4, Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, stated, “The future of our supercars has become a reality with the Aventador LP 700-4.” Today, ten years on, Automobili Lamborghini celebrates the story of its V12 car, a global icon, recounting the ten innovations delivered by the Lamborghini Aventador over the past decade.

The value of the Lamborghini Aventador is not just about the power of its naturally aspirated V12 engine or its performance.

1. Carbon fiber

The Aventador LP 700-4, with its carbon fiber monocoque never before seen in Lamborghini supercars, established Lamborghini’s leadership in the production and development of composite materials, making the Sant’Agata automaker the first company to produce such a large number of carbon fiber elements in-house.

The Aventador’s carbon fiber monocoque, built using various patented Lamborghini technologies, is a “single shell” monocoque, combining the car cockpit, floor, and roof in a single structure, thus ensuring extremely high structural rigidity.

2. Four-wheel drive

The absolute power of the Lamborghini Aventador made it necessary to have a reliable transmission right from the start, giving the driver the best possible driving experience.

In the space of just a few milliseconds, this system can adjust the torque distribution to the handling conditions of the vehicle, and in the most critical cases can transfer 60% of the torque to the front axle according to the driving mode selected by the driver.

3. Suspension

Since the very first version, the Lamborghini Aventador has been fitted with the innovative Push Rod suspension system. The system, inspired by Formula 1, features rods attached to the lower part of the hub housing of each wheel, which “transmit (push) the force” to the shock absorber-spring assemblies fitted horizontally in the upper part of the frame, at both the front and rear. The Lamborghini Push Rod suspension system subsequently incorporated magnetorheological shock absorbers (MRS) on the Aventador Superveloce, which respond immediately to road conditions and driving style: damping is adjusted on each bend, greatly reducing roll, and making vehicle handling and steering significantly more responsive.

4. Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) robotized gearbox

The system (seven-speed plus reverse gear) delivers extremely fast gear changes. The Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) gearbox features two lightweight carbon fiber shifting rods that move the synchronizers simultaneously: one for gear engagement and one for disengagement. This system has made it possible for Lamborghini to achieve a gearshift time of just 50 milliseconds, the speed at which the human eye moves.

5. Drive Select Modes and EGO Mode

On the Aventador Superveloce, however, these modes had an increased ability to modify the driving set-up, giving the option through the three Drive Select system modes (Strada, Sport, and Corsa), to adjust the engine, transmission, differentials, shock absorbers, and steering. A major evolution came with the Aventador S, allowing the driver to choose between four different driving modes: STRADA, SPORT, CORSA, and EGO. The new EGO driving mode allows the driver to choose from several additional configuration profiles that can be customized by selecting the preferred criteria for traction, steering, and suspension within the range of the STRADA, SPORT, and CORSA settings.

6. Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva (LDVA)

On the Aventador, longitudinal control comes from the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva (LDVA - Lamborghini Active Vehicle Dynamics) control unit, an improved ESC strategy introduced for the first time on the Aventador S, with faster and more precise control of traction and vehicle handling according to the driving mode selected. It can therefore instantly define the best set-up for all active systems, guaranteeing the best handling behavior for all driving conditions.

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