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.
The 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.