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Sunday, October 25, 2020

The forgotten Lamborghini Miura Jota

Among the many premium quality cars that have been made by Automobili-Lamborghini S.p.A, an Italian car manufacturer known for the raging bull logo, there's a rare sports car and no longer can be seen as the original car (the one that exists today only its replicas). And the car is known as the Lamborghini P400 Miura Jota (pronounced the letter 'J' in Spanish).
1970 Lamborghini P400 Miura Jota built based of Miura's chassis #5084. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35hfs2p)
As it is known that the special car was built on the basis of the Lamborghini Miura, a sports car produced by Lamborghini between 1966 and 1973. It was the first Lambo's supercar with a two-seater layout, apply a rear-center positioned engine, and also noticed as the fastest production car at the time.

This special car was built in 1970, when Bob Wallace, a Lamborghini test driver was given permission by general manager Paolo Stanzani to build the mid-engined hot rod more or less from scratch. The project is intended to push Lamborghini's technical boundaries to the limit, and the prototype will officially be used to evaluate the latest suspension, mechanical and aerodynamic ideas.
1970 Lamborghini P400 Miura Jota is is intended to push Lamborghini's technical boundaries to the limit. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35hfs2p)
And at the same time, the team in charge of working on this project also has a passion for this special car to participate in a racing event. This is reflected in the name of the car, 'Jota' a reference to the FIA’s Sporting Code known as the Appendix J regulations.
 
Wallace and his team made extensive modifications to the chassis and engine of the standard Miura (with chassis #5084). Weight reduction efforts included replacing steel chassis components and body panels with Avional lightweight aluminum alloys, also replacing the side windows with plastic, so the resulting car weighed about 800 lbs (360 kg) less than the Miura production-version.
1970 Lamborghini P400 Miura Jota has an impressive performance numbers for 0 - 60 mph acceleration in just 4 seconds and can be driven to a top speed of 197 mph. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35hfs2p)
Then there's a front spoiler was added and the headlamps were replaced with fixed, faired-in units. Wallace and his team also installed two smaller, sill-mounted fuel tanks to replace the single larger original unit.

The suspension was also remade and widened (9" in the front, 12" in the rear), and four lightweight wheels were fitted. The engine included of those revamped to deliver approx. 418–440 bhp (312–328 kW) at 8,800 rpm, with an increased compression ratio, altered cams, electronic ignition, dry-sump lubrication, and a less restrictive exhaust system. 

The one-off car was completed in October 1970, with impressive performance numbers for 0 - 60 mph acceleration in just 4 seconds and can be driven to a top speed of 197 mph. Unfortunately, the combination of the car's slick shape and impressive performance was not able to convince Ferruccio Lamborghini, as the owner of the company at the time

Well, so far the Lambo's company owner is known to be very reluctant to include his cars in the racing events because it is seen that it will only squander money. Finally, the Jota never saw run active in the racing circuits and simply became the most famous of Bob Wallace’s special tuning department hot rods.😓
Recreation of 1970 Lamborghini Miura Jota owned by Walter Ronchi based of Miura P400S and called Millechiodi. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35hfs2p)
Had Miura been homologated into the Grand Touring category, there's a car not too different from Jota might have raced at the World Sportscar Championship at the time where it would have pitched against the Ferrari 365 GTB/4C, Chevrolet Corvette, and the Porsche 911 ST.
Recreation of 1970 Lamborghini Miura Jota owned by Piet Pulford. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/37qG2IZ)
After completing around 20,000 km of test mileage, Jota was then sold through a Brescia-based dealer, InterAuto to Dr. Alfredo Belponer, owner and president of the Scuderia Brescia Corse racing team. However, in April 1971, before reaching the owner's hands, the unfortunate fate befell the car when it crashed and caught on fire on an unopened ring road around the city of Brescia, only its engine could be salvaged with the rest being scrapped.😢
Recreation of 1970 Lamborghini Miura Jota owned by Piet Pulford. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/37qG2IZ)
Even though many important customers have seen the Jota's chassis around the factory but Lamborghini refuses to make the additional examples, instead, the Italian raging bull manufacturer built five Jota-inspired Miura SV/Js and then proceeded by launching the unique Miura SV/R.
After the Miura Jota was destroyed, the original owner Walter Ronchi commissioned two former Lamborghini employees to build a P400S-based tribute car. This vehicle is known by the nickname "Millechiodi" and has been specially modified both inside and out to match the specifications of the original Jota.

Then there's another Jota's replica done by Chris Lawrence of Wymondham Engineering for British Lamborghini owner Piet Pulford with the chassis #3033. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | CLASSICANDSPORTSCAR.COM | SUPERCARNOSTALGIA.COM]
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