The disturbing purple car already caused a sensation parked outside the small coffee kiosk in San Giovanni in Persiceto.
Old ladies gargled from their balconies as they hung out the laundry, folded tea-colored men with white undershirts trudged past their bikes – taking three-fold so that they could observe the sharp corners, huge wings and ionized gold wheels.
& # 39; Possiamo scambiare? & # 39; he laughed, his pig pie on his head. & # 39; Can we trade? & # 39;
If you love cars & pasta as much as I do, this is a dream assignment. Go to Bologna, taste a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ supercar, taste the local dishes and shoot the breeze with the Italians about cars and life.
TV presenter Julia Bradbury was once one of the presenters on Top Gear in the 1990s, now she is better known for walking but she still presents the Goodwood Festival of Speed - before that she traveled to Italy for a Lamborghini to control
Until this week I had never driven a Lamborghini before. Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren? Yes, but not one of these animals, and not in Italy.
I admit, I am better known for walking these days.
My Top Gear days are a distant memory, my Porsche-owning days went the way of Theresa May's premierhood when my first child was born, and now my quarterly annual flights at the Goodwood motorsport meetings are my only opportunity to change my gasoline habit to feed.
I now ride a Land Rover with a sofa to accommodate my three children and their incomprehensibly wide baby seats. Studded with snotty fabrics, toys, vomit colored clothing, scooters and a few pieces of the Gruffalo jigsaw puzzle.
Emanuele Pirro, the 57-year-old former driver, and F1 commentator for Italian TV arrived at the very moment that I was trying to explain how the second generation & # 39; automatic aerodynamic system & # 39; at the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ the phenomenal car of the car beautifies performance.
Emanuele would be my co-pilot in Bologna to guide me through the highlights of the car and take me to world-class pasta.
Emanuele Pirro, the former driver and F1 commentator for Italian television, was Julia & # 39; s co-pilot for the day
My producer and I thought it would be wise to ask him about his explanation of the latest version of the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), which is essentially based on electrically activated valves on the front splitter (the broad smile under the bumper) and on the motor cover to in turn increase the downforce and reduce the resistance.
The car looks fittingly Lamborghini: it has too many accentuated skirts, huge air intakes and a huge wing on the back. These not only enhance the extraordinary appearance, but in combination with the naturally aspirated V12 6.5 liter engine, they contribute to the delivery of a car with stunning speed and power.
The car looks fitting Lamborghini
There is 760 horsepower to be precise. And a top speed of 217 km / h. It shifts on a fairly old-fashioned but lighter transmission with a single clutch, from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds.
And it costs you £ 360,000 – about the same cost as a beautiful home or a very luxurious camper – but there are only 900 of these Aventador's in the world.
The Aventador SVJ is a new Limited Edition version of the mid-engine supercar and I'm behind the wheel to watch it for the world-famous motoring event the Goodwood Festival of Speed - affectionately known as FOS, held at the Duke of Richmond last weekend & # 39; s estate in West Sussex.
& # 39; Ahhhh, so you need me to explain to you as if you were a blonde woman, is that right? & # 39; Emanuele laughed with a big grin. Great, I thought to myself, this will be a nice day …
The SVJ is a limited edition version of Lamborghini Aventador and with its wings and corners it looks as crazy as you would expect
I had met Emanuele once before when I interviewed him at a Goodwood meeting just after a race and he had been very charming. After I wrung my eyes and briefly treated him, I decided to let the blonde go.
There was a long day ahead and although it was only 10.30 am, it was already 30 degrees of tilting – the last thing we needed was a fiery atmosphere to add to the ever-increasing list of complications caused by the heat wave.
Lamborghini's are built by hand here in an auto-crazy area known as Motor Valley. Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani and Ducati all have their headquarters here and the rivalry between these top brands is legendary.
The Italians take their cars very seriously. Five-man Le Mans winner Emanuele made a remark last month about Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel who was five seconds short of unsafe reconnection of the track during the Grand Prix of Canada during the Grand Prix of Canada race cost.
& # 39; I'm sorry the race was over & & # 39 ;, said Pirro, who was also one of the FIA stewards who rewarded the points. & # 39; … as a Formula 1 fan and especially a Ferrari fan … it is not easy to make certain decisions, but sport integrity must prevail. & # 39;
The prevailing, divided media experts and fans, but his countrymen absolutely disagreed with him. The abuse he suffered on social media was so intense, including various death threats, that he had to close his bills.
Julia gets behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and prepares for a ride in the Italian Motor Valley
The Wednesday market had closed the city, so my first maneuver with Emanuele by my side was a turning point.
The Aventador is almost five meters long and almost as wide as Buckinghamshire. To make things even more interesting, the model I was driving was right-hand drive, so I was on the wrong side of the road for us British drivers but still on the wrong side of the car.
In the meantime the temperature had reached 35 degrees and the former motorcycle racing champion paid a lot of attention to every paddle flap.
& # 39; I have to put my pedestal to hear the beautiful unmistakable scream of the V12 open & # 39 ;, says Julia
This driving pressure would be a good test in a game show that I thought to myself … but it is nothing compared to performing a three-point turn in the center of London, where the children are shouting at each other and eating bits of food through the splashing front seats. on the windshield.
We finally arrived on the open road and I had to put my foot down to hear the beautiful unmistakable scream of the V12 open and that high, high sound whirring over my left shoulder.
When the car is stationary, you can peer through the triangular glass window at the rear of the car to see a plate that indicates the baking order of the cylinders. It is these small details that make Lambo & # 39; s unique and special for their customers.
The car is beautifully agile, something that the previous SV model could not claim to be due to all accounts; active rear steering, dynamic steering, four-wheel drive, recalibrated valves, all integrate with the incredibly smart ALA to make a deliberately imperfect but provocative ride.
Pinned to the back of our seats, we look forward to pleasure.
& # 39; Ahhh there is nothing like that, listen. I love that noise, live the V12 for a long time, & Emanuele exclaimed.
This car is called the last old-school supercar. Once such an engine was necessary for the label, but now due to the emission regulations all competitors of Aventador have switched to engines with turbo engine or hybrid systems.
The jury is still looking forward to seeing if the turbo-charged versions & # 39; cleaner & # 39; when pushed to the maximum, but this V12 – now with titanium valves to squeeze more force – will keep bringing people back to Lamborghini.
This is a car in which you must have an emotional driving experience.
This is a car in which you must have an emotional driving experience
& # 39; We Italians like to find a way through life & # 39 ;, said my co-pilot, while we went to a modest looking restaurant in the Ciano region.
The exhausting heat had delayed us and our cameras, in fact they stopped several times during the day, so our lunch became an early supper.
After eating some of the most delicious tortellini the woman knows – forget Tuscany, this region is home to 44 protected designations of origin, from Parmesan cheese to balsamic vinegar – it was Emanuele's turn to drive.
What could be better than riding a Lamborghini for a day? That and stop for divine pasta for lunch in Italy
After eating some of the most delicious tortellini the man or woman knows, it was Emanuele & # 39; s turn to take over Julia's ride
He put the car in Corsa (lane) mode and threw me around like a rag doll in the cabin, demonstrating the awesome power of the brakes when he came to a stop at I-don't-know-how-quickly .
I tried to say something informative to the built-in cameras while this happened, but it was a very similar experience to my attempts to do the Incredible Hulk roller coaster ride at Universal Studios many years ago.
My pasta returned several times, while the Italian only happily cheered: & This is a great piece of machine! And the brakes & # 39 ;.
My pasta returned several times, while the Italian only cheered cheerfully
Flop. My bag, which I had clamped behind the passenger seat, flew to the front of the car. & # 39; Oops sorry. & # 39;
However, there wasn't really anywhere else to say it. The SVJ is a track-oriented car and the interior has been paired with lots of lightweight carbon and no storage.
There is no glove box, no side pockets in the doors, no armrest console (actually no armrest) and of course a two-seater.
The dashboard with the digital instrument lets you know what the on-board computer is doing to improve your ride and there are two clothes hooks on both sides of the cabin above the side doors. Handy.
It's fast, it's loud, it's purple and it costs £ 360,000 – the same as a decent home – but there are only 900 Aventador SVJ & # 39; s
Julia takes a break from driving with a big grin on her face to make some recordings for the Aventador review
It was time to return home. I stuffed my hand luggage in the dark, slightly larger than a shoe box that was empty under the hood and made my movements to the airport.
& # 39; Ciao Emanuele, thanks for the pasta. & # 39;
& # 39; Ciao Julia. You know what? I was not worried, you are a very good driver. & # 39;
I paddled through the gears and smiled at myself, my passport between my legs.
& # 39; Ciao Julia. You know what? I wasn't worried, you're a very good driver & # 39 ;, was passing Emanuele
At the airport, the rubber constriction had not disappeared, even though there were two Lamborghinis in the arrivals hall at the airport of Bologna. You would think that everyone here would be used to them now.
I gave the gas a final pump. Goodbye angry fast purple car. We will probably never meet again.
I put my clothes back in my suitcase after a quick paving changed outside the terminal and started driving over the asphalt when I saw a small brown and purple piece of cardboard on the floor. The missing back of a Gruffalo jigsaw puzzle.
I smiled at the thought of my three little chicks waiting at home at home. Normality.
So if I were a squillionaire, would I buy an Aventador SVJ? It is not as precise and neat as the McClaren 720s, but it is certainly flamboyant, extroverted and made with passion. And it is definitely not normal, so yes.
- Highlights from the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which took place last weekend, will be shown on ITV1 and ITV4 on Sunday 14 July.
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