Supercars are a finicky thing. Italian supercars – do other countries even come to mind when you say ‘supercars’, for that matter? – are an even more finicky thing. Although they have improved by leaps and bounds in the last two decades in terms of reliability and dependability, the odd Italian thoroughbred still does manage to take its owner by surprise sometimes.
There have been reports of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and even the normally-stoic Bavarian Porsches catching fire, either due to the driver’s error, or because of the car itself in the past.
That is exactly what happened to this unfortunate Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 near the Badarpur metro station in South Delhi. As per our sources, the bright orange car belonged to a Delhi businessman, who had taken it to service for some minor repairs. And, ironically, it was while coming out from that very service station that the car caught fire.
The driver of the car did manage to get unhurt, but it was too late to salvage the Lambo by the time the fire-brigade arrived. As you can see in the video and the images, the shapely derriere of the car has been charred beyond recovery, reduced to a smoldering mixture of mag alloy and orange paint fumes.
Although we obviously can’t state this with authority, it is believed that the spontanoues combustion was started by an electrical wiring mishap. Yet others tell us that it originated from a leakage in the fuel tank. The Gallardo has been taken to a police station in South Delhi, where we hope the matter is cleared up soon.
As they say, owning and maintaining an Italian (albeit with German genes borrowed wholesale from Audi) supercar is no less stressful than having an Italian trophy mistress.