Lamborghini Aventador catches fire while on demo drive in Australia
A new £440,000 ($800,000 or INR 4.4 crores) worth Lamborghini Aventador sportscar, which was flown to Australia from Italy for a demo run in front of buyers and media, caught fire while it was performing in front of an audience.
The new Lamborghini Aventador supercar burst into flames while at a demo drive at Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia. The super sports car had taken a number of laps around the race track when it suddenly caught fire which took several fire extinguishers to put it out. The fire, it is believed could be due to an oil leak in the exhaust which quickly spread to the rear tail light.
Fire on board the light blue V12 powered Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster, along with heavy smoke caused much panic at the demo drive. At the wheels of the sports car was Top Gear Australia Editor Tim Keen who quickly stopped the vehicle while driving instructor yelled to onlookers to grab fire extinguishers off walls of pits and rush to put out the fire.
Italian carmaker appealed to media on site not to report the incident while the company has issued a statement that the Lamborghini fire could have been caused by vehicle’s extended track use in a situation of high temperature. The company will not be modifying the car in any way as a result of the fire as the statement also revealed that the fire was not due to any fault in design or construction.