Thursday, December 3

Aventador SVJ Braking System Questioned

Source: The following is excerpted from a post on autevolution.com concerning criticism of the braking capabilities of the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ LP770-4, 759-horsepower supercar capable of going from 0-62 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.

SANT’AGATA BOLOGNESE, Italy – To stop this road-legal rocket, engineers decided that the braking system they have developed with fellow Italian manufacturers Brembo for all other Aventador models would also do a great job on the SVJ.

The dual hydraulic circuit vacuum boosted system uses six-piston aluminum monobloc calipers in the front and four-piston calipers to stop the rear wheels.

Behind the gorgeous 20-inch front wheels are a pair of huge Brembo carbon-ceramic ventilated discs that measure 400×38 mm (15.72 inches), while the rear pair are smaller, with a diameter of 380×38 mm (14.93 inches).

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If you ask the engineers if this is the best system for the SVJ they will be quick to point to the Nurburgring lap record and the 100-0 kph (62 to 0 mph) stopping distance of 30 meters (98.4 feet).

But an increasingly growing number of owners and professional drivers who got the chance to get behind the wheel of the SVJ has been complaining about the braking feel.

The main problem they report is that the car tends to wiggle at high-speed braking and is prone to oversteer, which in my opinion sounds exactly like what I would want from a Lamborghini.

But I am not a race driver, and the SVJ is not your run-of-the-mill Lamborghini being developed with track use in mind. So, it is fair to expect it to perform flawlessly on track, which is where an optimally developed braking system makes the difference between a competitive lap time and becoming the subject of all jokes of the evening.

Whether or not the braking system lives up to expectations is ultimately down to individual driving style and skill, and the fact that the engineers decided against bigger rotors or cast iron calipers that would have increased weight is an understandable choice.

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ LP770-4 is one of the best track weapons out there and those who get to tame it should realize that regardless of how much they paid for the privilege, they still have to earn its respect by learning and adapting to its strengths and weaknesses.

The entire post, with additional images, can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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