Why do I keep sharing models of cars that I can't find any information about?
This is the 1/18 Kyosho Lamborghini Miura Jota SVR. What's a Jota? That I can tell you. What's an SVR? No clue! Last time, I had to research my TVR.
Seriously, I spent a lot of time trying to track down something that would tell me what makes an SVR different from the original Jota. I got about 7-8 pages deep into a Google search, but aside from a few actual sites about the Jota, most of the results were vendors trying to sell me this very model.
So what's the Jota? Back in the 70's, Chief Lamborghini Test Driver Bob Wallace wanted to build a race car based on the legendary Miura. Mr. Lamborghini himself didn't particularly want to see his Miura on a race track, but he gave Bob his blessing and a chassis and a motor to play with. Bob Wallace got to use the factory tools to develop his Miura race car on the nights and weekends, and he dubbed it the Jota.
The first modifications made were to the body. A massive chin spoiler was added to keep the car on the ground. A gas filler was added in the front, because race car, and because the Miura's two fuel tanks were combined. More air vents were added to help keep things cool. Weight savings was key; he cut out the steel floor in favor of an alloy used in aircraft. The headlights were replaced with fixed units to not only save weight but to allow for quick changes on the track. They even removed one of the wiper arms to save weight, deciding to go with a double-wiper, single-arm set-up instead.
Further modifications included a revised suspension, boosted compression, and the fattest magnesium wheels on the Italian market. The interior was cut up and stripped down and a modified quad exhaust system was slapped on.
Unfortunately, money troubles at Lamborghini put an end to the Jota's development. It was sold off, but a mechanic promptly crashed it into the side of a bridge during a test drive. The Jota caught fire and was completely destroyed.
Several Miuras were converted to Jota replicas by the factory at the request of the customers, and these became known as SVJ's. They weren't as badass as the original Jota, but were still incredible machines. The SVR part is where my research drops off. I'm not sure what's up with the high mounted wing either!
Anyway, this Kyosho model of the Jota SVR is gorgeous, just like it says on the box. Lots of opening parts, including a trunk, rear engine compartment, front compartment, and both doors.
Holy details. I firmly believe we need more transversely mounted, mid-ship V12's in our lives. Those wires! Those valve covers! The suspension parts are all there, but they aren't functional.
Up front, we have the fuel cell, battery, some more wiring, and honestly I have no idea what's going on with the velocity stacks?!
The gorgeous interior features that stripped down look, but still looks like it belongs in a Lamborghini. The seats have real fabric seatbelts with adjustable straps. The door cards are the most detailed out of all my models.
Other details include bertone and Lamborghini badges. The wheels look fantastic and even have valve stems.
I have no idea why I never opened this model until now. I'm so glad I did! It's definitely one of my favorites, and I've severely underappreciated it.