Lamborghini CEO mulls a car to rival the McLaren Senna and Aston Martin Valkyrie

Article by Christian A., on November 13, 2018

McLaren has already commenced the production of the McLaren Senna sports car this year. On the other hand, Aston Martin will start building the much-anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar in 2019. There is no doubt that there is overwhelming interest in these limited-series production cars, and the top honcho of Italian sports car maker Lamborghini won't let such opportunity pass by.

Stefano Domenicali, chief executive of Automobili Lamborghini, has disclosed to Autocar that the Italian sports car maker is seriously considering building an “extreme aero” limited-series production car that would compete against the like of the McLaren Senna and Aston Martin Valkyrie.

According to Domenicali, Lamborghini’s possible new limited-series production car would be “in the vein of Centenario and Veneno,” which are both limited production hypercars that fetched millions of Euros in price. Lamborghini only built 40 examples of the Centenario, of which 20 are coupes and 20 are roadster. The production run for the Lamborghini Veneno was more limited, as only five coupes were built (only three were sold to customers) and only nine roadster versions were produced.

As for how the new limited-series production car would be built, it might be provided with a more aggressive version of the already assertive aerodynamic package fitted on the new Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ), according to Autocar.

It is highly possible that the new limited-series production car would be powered by a naturally aspirated engine, which has been the carmaker’s powerplant of choice. Since power is high likely to be a main consideration for this new project, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the new limited-series production car would be fitted by hybrid system in lieu of turbocharger technology. Lamborghini isn't really a fan of turbochargers, although its Urus SUV comes powered by a turbocharged V8 engine.

Nonetheless, Domenicali disclosed that Lamborghini is placing more weight to lap times at Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany. He, however, noted that Lamborghini cars are made as able to maintain a high level of performance lap after lap. The importance of the track is evidenced by the fact that a Lamborghini holds the production car lap record at Nurburgring.

A Lamborghini Aventador SVJ driven by Marco Mapelli managed to complete a lap at the course in just six minutes and 44.97 seconds (6:44.97) on July 26, 2018. This is more than two seconds faster than the record set by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS on September 20, 2017, pegged at six minutes and 47.3 seconds (6:47.3). To ensure there would be no controversy, the lap was recorded by cameras inside and out, VBOX-Racelogic instrumentation as well as GPS.

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