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Example of Rare Miura SVJ Displayed by Lamborghini Polo Storico

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Lamborghini’s restoration and preservation division displays an example of the rarest Miura at a car show in Paris.
Looking through the Lamborghini Miura SVJ chassis 4860 restored by Lamborghini Polo Storico
Looking through a Lamborghini Miura SVJ at the Rétromobile show in Paris 2020. Credit: Lamborghini

Opened in 2015, Lamborghini Polo Storico is a new company division dedicated to preserving the heritage of Lamborghini. As Lamborghini has stated, Polo Storico was created to ensure “the preservation and the integrity of Lamborghini’s history and its vehicles”. As well as restoring and certifying all Lamborghini s built up to 2001, it reconstructs spare parts for classic Lamborghini models. More than 200 new catalogue items were added to the range in 2019 alone.

Lamborghini Miura archives at the Lamborghini Polo Storico facility
Extensive Lamborghini archives are kept at the Lamborghini Polo Storico facility. Credit: Lamborghini

At the heart of Lamborghini Polo Storico, documentation of each historical model rest in an archive that include; technical drawings, materials, colours, pictures and various publications created by Lamborghini over its history. It’s the access to this archive that elevates Polo Storico to something much more than a manufacturer approved restoration service. In the middle of a cars restoration, original technical drawings can be sourced to perfectly recreate a component that may have long gone out of production avoiding the need to supplement or improvise.

Lamborghini Miura at the Lamborghini Polo Storico facility
A Lamborghini Miura shell at the Lamborghini Polo Storico facility. Credit: Lamborghini

So it’s no surprise that every aspect of each restoration is accurately documented too, and provided to the owner at the completion, along with certification. The process of certification is so thorough that it’s carried out by a committee who check over each item on the car and correlate them to the original archived information.

From 4 to 9 February, Lamborghini Polo Storico is in Paris for the Rétromobile classic car show, and is displaying an example of the rarest Miura: the SVJ chassis number 4860 which Lamborghini Polo Storico has previously carried out a restoration for. The car was one of just four original SVJs made by Lamborghini. The SVJs are exceptional vehicles that were inspired by the Miura Jota and built by special request. The Jota was a one-off that test driver Bob Wallace created with the goal of enabling the Miura to compete in races regulated by the FIA’s “Appendix J” for Touring Cars and GT Cars.

Silver Lamborghini Miura SVJ chassis 4860 Lamborghini Polo Storico at Paris Car Show 2020
The Silver Lamborghini Miura SVJ with restoration by Lamborghini Polo Storico. Credit: Lamborghini

The SVJ chassis 4860 on display was built in 1973 for the German racing driver Hubert Hahne, who was the Lamborghini importer for Germany at the time. It was painted black, with a white-black leather interior. In 1977 Hubert Hahne had the SVJ repainted silver by Lamborghini but kept the black interior. It has sported the same colour combination ever since. The vehicle remained in Germany until the early 2000s, when it became part of a Japanese collection. It has not been exhibited in public since then.

Lamborghini Miura P400 S and complete Miura SVJ chassis 4860 by Lamborghini Polo Storico sit side by side
Parts of a Miura P400 S and a rare complete Miura SVJ sit side by side. Credit: Lamborghini
Silver Lamborghini Miura SVJ restored by Lamborghini Polo Storico displayed at Paris car show
This rare Miura SVJ has not been seen in public since early 2000’s. Credit: Lamborghini

On display alongside the Miura SVJ at the Rétromobile display, will be a Miura P400 S built from spare parts – including bodywork, engine and suspension. Lamborghini Polo Storico has taken especially great care over the reconstruction of the bodywork panels in order to ensure that the original shape is accurately recreated, with exactly the same dimensions. This is all part of the “Certified Lines” concept that will be showcased at the event. New genuine spare parts such as cylinder heads and bodywork are constantly being released by Lamborghini, providing ever great scope for the authenticity of classic Lamborghinis to be preserved while also allowing collectors to use their cars with complete peace of mind.

Lamborghini Miura P400 S parts assembled by Lamborghini Polo Storico at Paris car show
Lamborghini Miura P400 S spare parts assembled by Lamborghini Polo Storico. Credit: Lamborghini

From 10 to 13 September 2020, Polo Storico is also organizing a tour for all classic Lamborghinis. It will start in Bruneck and offer participants the chance to drive their cars along a route spanning approximately 350 km in the Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, through the most stunning mountain passes in the Dolomites. During the event, there will also be celebrations for the 50th anniversaries of the Jarama and Urraco, and the 30th anniversary of the Diablo.

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Lamborghini To Recall 26 Aventador SVJ’s Due To Faulty Door Locks

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Lamborghini set to recall 26 Aventador SVJ Coupes and Roadsters produced between December 2019 and January 2020 to replace a possible faulty door locking mechanism.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself the owner of a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe or Roadster, then you may also be unlucky enough to have to hand it back to your local Lamborghini Dealer….but only for a short time to check if they need to replace a possible faulty door lock.

You May Have To Hand Back Your Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Credit: Lamborghini
You May Have To Hand Back Your Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Credit: Lamborghini

In a Safety Recall Report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Lamborghini have identified the possibility that 26 Aventador SVJ Coupes and Roadster produced between December 2019 and January 2020 may be at risk of having a faulty door locking mechanism.

 According to the report, in January 2020 during end of line quality checks Lamborghini verified a few cases of non-operative internal door handles. An internal investigation was launched to determine the root cause and results revealed there’s a 40% chance additional vehicles produced between December 2019 and January 2020 may also present with the same issue over time.

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster First Revealed At The Geneva Motor Show. Credit: Lamborghini
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster First Revealed At The Geneva Motor Show. Credit: Lamborghini

The defect was caused by a “non-properly trained new operator” who may not have “correctly engaged the Bowden cable pin inside the internal door handles during the manual assembly step of the components.”

The possible risk caused from this human error is that “over time the internal door handle mechanism may fail and the door cannot be unlocked from the inside, posing an entrapment risk. This failure could lead to the inability to operate the handles from inside the vehicle with a safety risk in case of emergency.”

Lamborghini did note that the outside handles operation are guaranteed by a different component and its functionality is not affected, ensuring it is still possible to open the doors normally from the outside.

Can Still Escape The Aventador SVJ Roadster If Need Be. Credit: Lamborghini
Can Still Escape The Aventador SVJ Roadster If Need Be. Credit: Lamborghini

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe and Roadsters of concern for recall have a VIN range of ZHWUM6ZD4LLA09411 – ZHWUN6ZD1LLA09511 (not sequential) so if you’ve taken delivery of a Lamborghini between December 2019 and now it might be worth checking your VIN.

Lamborghini plans to notify all owners of affected vehicles between May 1 2020 – June 1 2020 and will instruct them to arrange an appointment with their authorized Lamborghini dealer so that the whole internal door handle can be replaced free of charge.

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Stephan Winklemann Explains the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport in Detail

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Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann and colleagues explain the finer details of the new €3 million Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport revealed earlier this month.

Leading a presentation from Bugatti’s stately headquarters at the Château St. Jean and Bugatti Atelier in Molsheim earlier this month, President Stephen Winklemann was joined by Managing Director of Production and Logistics Christophe Piochon, Head of Development Stefan Ellrot and Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl as they elaborated on the aspects that make the Chiron Pur Sport what it is.

All the Bug’s lined up at Château St. Jean. Credit: Bugatti

Standing alongside the new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport and Bugatti’s most recent offerings, the “Golden Era inspired” La Voiture Noir, the EB110 inspired Centodieci and the record breaking Chiron Super Sport 300+, Stephan Winklemann introduced the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport.

Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann at the Bugatti Atelier. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann at the Bugatti Atelier. Credit: Bugatti

Speaking on the overall design, Stephan referenced the immediate visual points of difference from the original Chiron, beginning with the large rear wing and massive rear diffuser before moving onto the larger air intakes at the front of the car that help to improve aerodynamics and increase downforce.

The New Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Credit: Bugatti
The New Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Credit: Bugatti

Focusing on the wheel design, Stephan noted the wheels have “negative camber of 2.5 degrees” (meaning the bottom of the specially designed tyres sit further out than at the top), with springs 60% stiffer compared to the Chiron and gear ratio shortened by 18%, which improves the elasticity of the car by 40%. This combined with an overall weight reduction and a weight to power ratio of 1:1.8 means the Chiron Pur Sport is capable of hitting 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds.

Bugatti Head of Development Stephan Ellrot discussing technicals. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti Head of Development Stephan Ellrot discussing technicals. Credit: Bugatti

Commenting on the technical aspects of the Chiron Pur Sport, Bugatti’s Head of Development Stefan Ellrot drew attention to the fact that “the W16 engine has been increased maximum revs 200rpm leading to 6900rpm (in total), which fits together with the gearbox with the shortened gear ratios and all 7 gears, optimizing acceleration but more importantly, increasing the elasticity up to 40-45% which you can feel immediately when driving the car.”

Frank Heyl - Bugatti Deputy Design Director. Credit: Bugatti
Frank Heyl – Bugatti Deputy Design Director. Credit: Bugatti

Reflecting on the finer aesthetic details of the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl was quick to again emphasize “form follows performance”, noting that the front air takes of the Pur Sport have been increased and the horseshoe design enlarged significantly to make it look more aggressive while assisting aerodynamics and being careful not to detract from the overall performance.

At the rear of the car, the unmissable 1.9 meter rear wing has been designed to help counterbalance the increased downforce created by the front of the car and visually speaking, a new horizontal split has been introduced that acts to reduce the visual height of the car, making it appear lower to the ground and more streamlined.

Production of the 60 limited edition Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport’s is expected to begin second half of 2020 with prices starting at €3 million excluding VAT.

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New Rolls-Royce Roadster: The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection

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Rolls-Royce embodies the spirit of the roaring twenties by introducing its first Collection Car of the new decade, the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection.
Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection side profile sketch
A profile sketch of the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • New Rolls-Royce open-top roadster
  • Limited to 50 examples
  • An ode to the 1920’s

The 1920’s are frequently referred to as the “Roaring Twenties” while in Europe they’re sometimes referred to as the “Golden Age” because of the economic boom following World War I. In France you may hear the period referred to as the “Crazy Years”.

The Roaring Twenties were a period in history of dramatic social and political change. For the first time ever, more Americans lived in cities than on farms.Some countries saw the rise of radical political movements while others had a social, artistic, and cultural explosion.

America, for one, tried to assert some control over the unruly immigrant masses who crowded the nation’s cities with the Prohibition. This was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection top view sketch
Only 50 examples of the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection will be made. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

America’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic growth swept many Americans into an affluent “consumer society.” Americans had extra money to spend and they spent it on consumer goods, with the most important consumer product of the 1920s being the automobile, as cars gave young people the freedom to go where they pleased and do what they wanted.

With the 1920’s ending, many were left with a prosperity hangover. In September and October 1929 the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street Crash occurred, marking the beginnings of the Great Depression.

100 years on from the beginning of the crazy years, 2020 finds Rolls-Royce attempting to capture the carefree attitude of those far-off days in a bold, contemporary car designed for today’s non-conformists and pleasure-seekers. The car is the first Collection Car from Rolls-Royce for the new decade and is the Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection.

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection aero cowling windbreak badge
The vapor blasted titanium aero cowling windbreak badge. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

This open-top roadster iteration of Rolls-Royce Dawn is designed to be like a silver bullet and features a dash in a newly commissioned ultra-metallic silver bespoke paint finish. Also greeting the driver and companion as they step in is a contemporary and unique open-pore carbon fibre fascia. Continuing to draw inspiration from the famed fashion of rebellious youth from the 1920’s, the Dawn Silver Bullet’s transmission tunnel has been quilted in a way that draws inspiration from trendy A-1 style brown leather jackets of the era while the aero cowling windbreak displays the Silver Bullet name via machined text on a vapor-blasted titanium surface.

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection quilted leather transmission tunnel
The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection features a quilted leather transmission tunnel. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Contrasting the car’s silver hue, The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection features some dark exterior detailing with dark headlights and a new dark front bumper finisher which is then complimented with part-polished wheels that offer a translucent shadow finish with a single silver pinstripe.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection will be limited to just 50 cars worldwide.

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