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Friday, September 4, 2015

Lamborghini Gallardo goes up in flames in Delhi !!

Life is all about comparisons….. when you are in a public transport, say a crowded bus 0r train  – it is enviable to go free in an auto rickshaw; nothing like owning a car – say a Maruti 800; then a sedan – a bigger version – luxury segment car – imported brand, with people ogling  at the car than you…….some top brands, which we read in automobile magazines as top luxury would include – Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Cadillac, Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar … Lamborghini – there for sure would be more ~and this post is based on an incident at Delhi  reported in many newspapers [no hint on the quality of such vehicles – it was a mere accident]

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., or simply Lamborghini, designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes Italian luxury sports cars. Lamborghini's production facility and headquarters are located in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. In 2011, Lamborghini's 831 employees produced 1,711 vehicles.  Manufacturing magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini founded AutomobiliFerruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. in 1963 with the objective of producing a refined grand touring car to compete with offerings from established marques such as Ferrari. The Cars have an unmistakable emblem – the matador.  The world of bullfighting is a key part of Lamborghini's identity. In 1962, Ferruccio Lamborghini visited the Seville ranch of Don Eduardo Miura, a renowned breeder of Spanish fighting bulls. Lamborghini, a Taurus himself, was so impressed by the majestic Miura animals that he decided to adopt a raging bull as the emblem for the auto company he would soon found.

The luxury segment is way above the reach of common man – priced very high than the ordinary cars.  They are impressive in appearance, and also bristle with wide array of  cutting edge technology. Features such as lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitors, proximity sensors, and adaptive cruise control are abundant; so also -  Antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, driver’s side knee airbag; collision prevention systems; Pre-Sense for automatic seatbelt tightening and window closing in a potential frontal collision; blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensor arrays; lane-departure warning, frontal collision warning, frontal collision mitigation with automatic braking – there seemingly are more !!

Luxury cars aren't just paragons of class and style - they're also frequently used as test beds by automakers looking to introduce brand new technologies and features to the market.  Apart from sumptuous leather seats that power-adjust to fit you perfectly and quality interior materials – they are weapons of luxurious ride and smooth handling.  They link to your smartphone, and provide navigational tools.  There are a few reasons for luxury vehicles' excellent crash-test performance: construction, weight and features, though not necessarily in that order.  Luxury cars are heavy and expensive to build.  ~and naturally not suitable for middle class mindset who often see only economy !!!

Lamborghini Gallardo is a sports car built by Lamborghini from 2003 to 2013. It is Lamborghini's best-selling model with 14,022 being built throughout its lifetime – there are reports of a Lamborghini Gallardo worth over Rs 2.5 crore catching fire in Delhi.

A Lamborghini Gallardo worth more than Rs 2.5 crore went up in flames at south-east Delhi’s Badarpur area on Monday. The incident was reported at around 9.30am near the NTPC complex in Badarpur, said a police official. The driver of the car, identified as Sujan Singh (35), noticed smoke emanating from the rear side of the car, which houses its huge engine, soon after he took a U-turn under a flyover. Singh was taking the car for servicing at a specialised centre in Mohan Estate area. The car was registered in the name of one Satya Prakash, reported to be a businessman, said the official.

The driver fortunately got out and within seconds reportedly saw the vehicle going up in flames.  The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. The car has been sent for a thorough analysis, the official added.

Eerie occurrence, especially in a high-end luxury car -  most likely the vehicle would have been insured ….

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

26th Aug 2015.

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