By now we have all seen the amazing looking Lamborghini Aventador Jota that was shown at the Geneva Auto Show last week, looking like a racing Barchetta it was built for only one customer, who put over two million Euro into the Automobili Lamborghini SpA corporate bank account to be able to call himself the owner of the most expensive and rarest Raging Bull to date ... the Jota.
Shortly after I returned from the press conference at the Geneva show I discovered a short movie showing the development and construction of the Aventador Jota, it has been built as a production ready concept car, everything on this car works and is ready to put down some serious mileage on the open road ... yes the Aventador Jota is completely street legal, this is not a track only exotic but a road car in every sense possible.
Standing next to it in person is already an experience to savior, image how it would be driving this beauty on the open road ... with a helmet on naturally. I saw Stephan Winkelmann driving it on stage at the VIP event on Monday evening, he didn't get much speed but still you could see the wind in his face and his hair flowing for the force ... extrapolate that onto for instance 130 Km/h and you do not want to open your mouth ... remember Jeremy Clarkson in the Atom ... don't want to imitate that to be honest.
I'm just putting down some of the fact that led me to believe this isn't the end of the Jota for Lamborghini, as the official press release states towards the end : 'However, at the end of the Geneva Motor Show, this sight will be the preserve of just one - the future owner of the Lamborghini Aventador J.
There is only one of them, no prototypes and no others for the Lamborghini Museum. The buyer can look forward to a truly unique, street-legal work of art. He will possess the most extreme expression of Lamborghini DNA in existence and a real masterpiece of high technology. But the many other fans of the super sports cars from Sant' Agata Bolognese can rest assured - the Aventador success story has only just begun.'
So the story is just beginning, and I think I know chapter three and four already ... chapter one was the Aventador LP700-4 that is finally going into full delivery swing now, chapter two was the stunning looking Aventador Jota or Unica as it would first be called ... and chapter three? The Aventador LP700-4 Roadster naturally, there is no doubt about it, the Roadster will be the next evolution on the Aventador timeline, in fact the car is just about completely finished as you read this ... rumor had it the car was in Geneva too last week, hidden from view, as a rolling, near production ready, prototype, so it will definitely be the next one to be unveiled to the public.
So what about chapter four in the Aventador history? Let's say I for one don't believe Lamborghini went through all the trouble of developing the Aventador Jota without something else in mind ... and that something else can surely be a Super Veloce evolution of the Aventador, naturally with a nice boost in power ... talks about an 800 Hp output have been going round already, so that would be an Aventador LP800-4 Super Veloce ... I wouldn't mind to be honest.
I worked some magic in Adobe PhotoShop combining the 'special' parts of the Aventador Jota with the standard looks of the regular Aventador LP700-4 model, naturally the exterior rear view mirrors and parts of the roof will be finished in high gloss carbon fiber too on the Super Veloce model, but I didn't stop there. I also added that stunning looking rear wing from the Jota, I for one really like that 'hanging' feature, and it looks equally impressive on a closed version.
Add the front shark style front bumper, the massive rear section completely finished in carbon fiber and the side skirts that look magnificent if you ask me. And that small touch on the big side air intake I couldn't let go either ... I'm sure many tuners out there will do the same thing : cover the black part in high gloss carbon fiber, so I did the same thing on my Super Veloce rendering.
I played around with a big SV script on the side of the car, but somehow I didn't feel it looked right, so instead I put a smaller SV on the door and made a nice Tricolore line on the winglet of the carbon fiber front spoiler with a white SV above it, the Aventador Jota had a 'J' there, so why not an SV script too ... and it looks nice, the three shades (green, white and red) make a nice statement on the black carbon fiber.
But then we need special wheels on an Aventador Super Veloce don't we? I specifically didn't just want to copy the Jota wheels on it, for one that would have been too easy and secondly I don't think we'll be seeing a street car with a central locking bolt on the wheels, so I went the extra mile and mount the Jota wheels but converted them into the regular five bolt configuration and they now also proudly wear the Raging Bull crest.
So in the end I think we will end up with at least three production versions of the Lamborghini Aventador : the current LP700-4 version, an LP700-4 Roadster and something like an LP800-4 Super Veloce ... now all we need to do is talk Reiter Engineering into building an Aventador LP850-4 R-SV.
Several owners requested a Jota replica from the factory ...
(added on January 1. 2010)
The original Miura Jota was destroyed in an accident and somehow I don't think the perfect recreation is available for sale ... but you could still buy a Jota
(added on September 4. 2013)
If Lamborghini intends to build a Roadster version of the Veneno why not go all the way and make it into a Veneno J
(added on August 8. 2013)
How about mating the Jota with the Roadster ...
(added on January 31. 2011)
Al Burtoni owned Milano Imports, USA's oldest Lamborghini Sales and Guaranteed Service since 1968 and he was the creator of the Diablo Jota Americana.
(added on February 16. 2014)