A high-speed demonstration of five new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadsters took place at the Miami International Airport -- the south runway of the most hectic airport in the U.S. for international flights. Lamborghini got special authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) and Miami-Dade County.
This marks the first time ever that cars were able to surpass the passenger airliner takeoff speed on a runway that’s between 150 mph and 180 mph. So far, no jet aircraft has ever attained a speed of 210 mph on the ground. This is the speed that the 700hp Lamborghini vehicles were able to achieve during the closed-course drive demonstration. Right before the exhibition, an American Airlines Boeing 777 joined the Lamborghinis as they lined up for a photo shoot on the runway.
Flight arrivals and departures were uninterrupted because the Miami-Dade officials and the FAA had come together to plan for this event, which spans 10 days of media launches and includes the launch of a dealer education program. To start off, a press conference was held in Lummus Park at Miami Beach. This was followed by a parade of 50 vehicles through Collins Avenue in South Beach before it ended up in the runway drive.
The press conference was hosted by Lamborghini executives: Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., Maurizio Reggiani, Director of R&D, Raffaello Porro, Director Communications and External Relations, and Filippo Perini, chief designer.
Aventador Roadster is the latest open-top variant of the brand’s flagship model. The Aventador Roadster is powered by a 700hp 6.5-liter V12 engine, which enables the car to go from zero to 60 mph in less than three seconds and to reach a 217 mph top speed. The removable top of the vehicle comes with very sophisticated lightweight carbon fiber technologies to achieve a low weight of only 26 pounds.
The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster is the culmination of a thorough evaluation into the best way of fusing elegant design, performance and ease of use. Of course, a dynamic yet exciting drive is also included in the equation.
Lamborghini made use of several technologies in creating the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster. For instance, RTM and Forged Composite technologies were employed to transform carbon fiber into the roadster’s two-piece roof. These technologies made sure that each part is light and stiff while still delivering optimal aesthetic performance. Since each of these parts weigh less than 6 kg, they are easy to handle, easy to remove and easy to attach. Likewise, they are easy to store in the front luggage compartment. Once the removable roof is removed and stored away, the driver and passengers could enjoy a luxuriously dynamic, open-air drive and ride.
To support the removable roof, the rear pillar of the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster was redesigned. The redesign allowed the roof to offer an automatic protection system for passengers while providing the engine compartment with enough ventilation.
One of the several differences between the coupe and the roadster is that the bonnet of the latter features a central "spinal column" with two pairs of hexagonal windows linked at the sides like hyper-tech armor plates. These hexagonal windows help cool the engine as well as drain off rain water. Likewise, these hexagonal windows allow onlookers to take a good look at the roadster’s powerful V12 engine.