For those of you who don’t yet know about supercar modifier, Oakley Design, I can’t think of a better introduction to the firm than the work they’ve just finished on the new Lamborghini Aventador. Following the success of the modified Ferrari 458 Italia, Oakley Design have turned their tuning attention to the brand new Aventador.
When I first saw the specs for the new Lambo at the Geneva Motor Show I was stunned at how quick the standard car was going to be. When I heard that Oakley Design were going to get their hands on one I wondered what on earth they could do to it to improve it. Fortunately people like Jon Oakley of Oakley Design won’t settle for 0 – 62mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph – it’s clearly just not quick enough.
The Oakley Design team take a car and maximise what it is capable of. They perfect it. In this case I was utterly amazed at the intricate and careful development work that had been done on the car. The video below demonstrates this far better than the following text as nothing can quite replace actually watching the speedometer race up to 230mph. In fact, nothing can quite replace seeing massive flames shooting out of a titanium exhaust system that is glowing red hot. This second part of the test wasn’t exactly necessary to be honest but who reading this wouldn’t want to shoot blue flames out of their exhaust system if they were able to? Certainly each and every one of us was turned from professionals doing our jobs into 8 year old children as we played with the over-run of the car. 230mph and the bonus of blue flames – it’s hard to imagine a better day out.
As readers of this blog will already know I very much love the stealth fighter plane influenced design of the car as I’m one of those people who likes their supercars to be very ‘out there’ design-wise. The Aventador hasn’t let me down on that score and evokes the childish excitement that a great supercar should. Not only should it be stupidly quick but you should also want a poster of one on your wall. So what have Oakley Design done to improve this car? In fact, how can such a car be improved? A lot of the standard plastic parts have been swapped for much lighter carbon fibre replacement parts. Many of these are not only lighter but have important differences to the standard parts in terms of how they alter the airflow around the car. The side intake vents are marginally wider to supply the up-rated engine with more air and the modified diffuser creates more downforce than the standard part. The automatic electronic spoiler has been cleverly written out of the electronics of the car and replaced with a newly designed fixed wing to match the style of the car. The fixed wing can still be manually adjusted for track setup, speed runs or downforce. The normal ‘signature’ Oakley Design parts are in place with the carbon fibre roof and the much lighter blue tipped titanium exhaust system which shaves 35kg off the back of the car. New ultra light wheels have been created by HRE which not only look fantastic but also cut the overall kerb weight down a further 5kg per wheel. For what Oakley Design call ‘hardcore clients’ there is also the option to drop the 4 wheel drive system and push all the power out of the rear wheels thus lightening the car by a further 130kg. Suspension partner Intrax have made alterations to the cars suspension to make sure it handles the extra power and less weight. Add into all this an ECU remap to increase power up to 760 HP and you end up with a phenomenal supercar.
In total there are 27 individual parts replaced or added to turn the car from the standard Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (700 HP & 4WD) into the Oakley Design Lamborghini Aventador LP 760-2 (760 HP & 2WD).
The Dyno test itself was a very interesting day out for me despite the early start to get up to the Vietzu Dyno facility in Bromsgrove. I’m not a fan of early starts. As the car rolled out of the trailer and I heard the Vietzu team talk about calibrating their machinery especially for the speed of the car, I knew I was in for an exciting day. And I wasn’t wrong – there are few stranger experiences than wearing ear defenders whilst standing directly in front of a car travelling at 230mph in a smallish room. In fact nothing I’ve done in my life so far has caused me to look at straps in the same way as when I would glance down at the straps and chains that were holding the car in place.
So, what is the best visual way to demonstrate all this incredible power and excitement? Hmmmm…. How about a collection of graphs. Yes, graphs are exciting aren’t they? For all you curious technical people out there, here’s the 3 separate graphs that were output from the Viezu Dyno tests. The first graph is the car as standard, the second shows the power increase following the implementation of the newer side vents and exhaust, and the third graph shows the power output from the whole finished kit. In short, and to save you looking at the graphs, Oakley Design have taken a car that was running at 683.25 HP and pushed it up to 760.21 HP whilst increasing the Torque from 524.47 Ft-Lb to 577.63 Ft-Lb. The modifications make this car one extremely quick and extremely mean looking proposition.
Lamborghini Aventador – Standard Car:
Lamborghini Aventador, Modified by Oakley Design – Vents and Exhaust mods only:
Lamborghini Aventador, Modified by Oakley Design – Full set of modifications:
For more information about Oakley Design visit their website at: www.oakleydesign.eu