A Legendary car: Lamborghini Miura Jota
|   Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The Lamborghini Miura Jota is a unicorn car in the industry. Just like the legendary animal, it is impossible to find. No one can buy it because the only unit has disappeared.

When it was launched in 1966, the Lamborghini Miura was the fastest production car. The legend says that this car was designed by engineers at Lamborghini in their spare time against the wishes of Ferruccio Lamborghini, the company founder. The three engineers whom we owe this car were Gian Paulo Dallara, Paulo Stanzani and Bob Wallace.
The three have developed a so-called P400 chassis which was based on a car for the road but with pedigree in racing. The P400 used a V12 engine. Bertone designed the body then, and the car was first presented to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966.

The public and media reaction was incredible, so that Lamborghini decided to produce the model in series since 1967. The official name would be Miura, renouncing the P400 name (an acronym derived from the phrase "Posteriore 4 liters"). But the name is used to refer to the first copies of the Miura, which were powered by V12 displacing 3.9 liters. The model was then followed by the Miura P400S, or the Miura S, this version was presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1968. The engine had 20 extra horsepower, and a number of improvements: electric windows, chrome exterior, air conditioning optional. About 140 copies The Lamborghini the Miura S units have been produced.

In 1970, Wallace, realized that it can substantially improve the Miura model. Thus, the 5084 chassis was used to create Jota, a Miura race car that can satisfy the chapter J of the FIA ​​regulations for sports cars. Wallace created this unique copy in his spare time and weekends. The Italian brand officials were not interested in motorsport. The Jota was born, thus, out of pure passion. And he had to have a tragic destiny.

The engine, a V12, had to ondergo a complete set of changes that were to take the total power to 440 hp. Together with a box of short reports, Jota became extremely fast for its time. The Jota had to travel 20,000 kilometers of testing, and the top speed was 300 km / hour. The first 100 km / h was reached in about 3 seconds.

Due to the economic crisis of 1972, the copy had to be sold to the INTERAUTO of Brescia. An employee of this company was to destroy the car in an accident which happened on near the city of Brescia. The damages were too extensive for the machine to still be repaired because it burned completely. The accident was to attract the attention of many enthusiasts of the Miura model and Lamborghini received requests to recreate this model. Thus was born the Miura SVJ, a variant produced in only six copies.

Today, the six existing SVJ models are all that remains of the legendary Miura Jota, a unique car but one that inspired generations of car enthusiasts.
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