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> The Lamborghini Aventador was first launched in March 2011 in Geneva with President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini Stephan Winkelmann stating, “The future of our supercars has become a reality with the Aventador LP 700-4.” In honor of the supercar’s 10th birthday, we have list ten innovative changes to the car over the last decade.

The Lamborghini Aventador’s value is not limited to its performance or the power of its naturally aspirated V12 engine. It also introduced a number of technical and technological innovations through the years with its four different versions namely, the LP 700-4, Superveloce, S, and SVJ. 

1. Carbon Fiber 

The carbon-fiber monocoque of the Aventador LP 700-4 was the first for Lamborghini supercars, establishing Lamborghini as a leader in developing and producing composite materials. The Sant’Agata automaker would become the first company to create such a large quantity of carbon fiber elements in-house. 

The carbon-fiber monocoque of the Lamborghini Aventador was made using a variety of patented Lamborghini technologies. It is a “single shell” monocoque that combines the vehicle cockpit, roof, and floor in a single structure, ensuring its structural rigidity. Along with the two front and rear aluminum sub-frames, it is an engineering feat that provides great structural rigidity while being exceptionally lightweight (only 229.5kg.) 

The roof of the Aventador Roadster version includes two sections that is constructed entirely out of carbon fiber, which was an improvement from the soft top of the Murciélago. The innovations are not simply for better aesthetics, but also provide optimum rigidity while having a remarkably lightweight roof, with each section weighing less than 6kgs. 

More carbon fiber elements were incorporated in the Superveloce version as it was also applied on the door panels and sills, remodeled in superlightweight composite materials (SCM), especially for the interiors. It was also the first time that Carbon Skin® technology was employed in a production car. It is a superlightweight material that when combined with a very specialized resin, becomes flexible, soft to the touch, and extremely wear-resistant. 

2. Four-wheel Drive 

The Lamborghini Aventador’s sheer power made it essential that it has a reliable transmission to give the driver the best driving experience feasible. 

The electronically controlled torque distribution located between the front and rear wheels incorporates three elements: a rear self-locking differential, Haldex torque distributor, and a front differential that operates together with the ESP.

In just milliseconds, the system can adjust the torque distribution of the car’s handling conditions. 60% of the torque can also be transferred to the front axle in the most critical cases depending on the driving mode that the driver selects. 

3. Suspension 

The innovative Push Rod suspension system has been implemented from the very first version of the Lamborghini Aventador. 

The Formula 1 inspired system features rods connected to the lower part of the hub housing of each wheel, it then “transmits the force” to the shock-absorber-spring assemblies arranged horizontally in the frame’s upper part, both at the front and rear. 

suspension

In the Aventador Superveloce, the Lamborghini Push Rod suspension system then added the magnetorheological shock absorbers (MRS). These immediately respond to road conditions and driving style: adjusting the damping on each bend, greatly minimizing roll, and enabling a more responsive vehicle handling and steering—the front-end diving when braking is also minimized due to the “adaptive” suspension. 

4. Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) robotized gearbox 

The Aventador is also fitted with a robotized gearbox which was remarkable for a road super sports car in 2011.

robotized gearbox

The seven-speed system provides remarkably quick gear changes. The Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) gearbox contains two lightweight carbon fiber shifting rods that can simultaneously move the synchronizer: one for gear engagement and one for

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Lamborghini Aventador: Ten Innovative Advances in Ten Years
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/lamborghini-aventador-ten-innovations/
Published Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2021 04:25:46 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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