A brand new £440,000 Lamborghini reportedly burst into in flames while being exhibited to the media at a demonstration in Australia. Now that is seriously bad luck.
Witnesses say the light blue V12-powered Aventador LP700-4 Roadster had completed dozens of laps around Phillip Island race track in Victoria when heavy smoke and fire emerged from behind the cabin.
Top Gear Australia editor Tim Keen was driving the supercar, and was quickly instructed to stop on the track and leave the vehicle. Sources say that a driving instructor was heard desperately yelling for people to grab fire extinguishers off the walls of the pit bays nearby.
According to Fairfax Media ‘a number’ of fire extinguishers were needed to put out the fire, which is believed to have started due to an oil leak in the exhaust and spread to the rear taillight. It is understood oil from one of the brake lines leaked on the exhaust system and caught fire.
A statement released by Lamborghini explained that the blaze was caused by the vehicle’s ‘extended track use in a high-temperature environment’ and they consequently have no plans to modify the car. ‘The investigation has also confirmed that the issue was not due to any fault in the design or construction of the vehicle,’ the statement read.
The Italian car-maker was further embarrassed when Lamborghini’s head of south-east Asia and the Pacific, Sebastien Henry, asked media attending not to write about the incident or report about it on social media.
Source: The Daily Mail