Published on June 29th, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Lamborghini Aventador Ablaze at Pavilion KL
Vandalism or shoddy aftermarket installers?
The Lamborghini factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese order books will continue to be filled as we can see from the Lamborghini related incidents the past week. Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali will be happy to take in the new orders which will be paid up by the insurance companies that will have to write-off these exotic machines.
There have been two totalled Lamborghinis, one in England, right out of the car showroom and now this unit that caught fire in just one week.
It was reported that a Lamborghini Aventador had caught fire at the car-park of the Pavilion Residences early Sunday night on the 28th of June. The Aventador has a visionary design, cutting-edge technology and driving dynamics in pure harmony, and elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level, however like all other cars, it can catch fire if it is not properly looked after by an authorised workshop. Also, the meddling of after-market accessories with un-licensed installers could start electrical issues.
This horrific accident occurred at 2.40 am. Luckily, no one was harmed during the blaze as the car was parked at the residences’ parking lot. A statement from the operations commander Mohd Rozi Jusoh stated that 14 personnel, two fire rescue tender trucks and an ambulance was dispatched to handle the flaming Lamborghini.
Reportedly, it took several minutes to contain the blaze and an estimated 40 per cent of the car was damaged due to the fire. Fire damage is most significant at the front end, with both carbon fibre front wings and the majority of the front bumper and bonnet burnt to a crisp in the inferno.
The passenger cell and the rear end however seems relatively un-touched by the flames. The black colour at the rear as seen in the photos looks to be this modified Aventador’s yellow and black paint scheme. So there is still hope that apart from what was done to extinguish the car fire, that V12 engine may still live to sing another day.
At time of publishing, the cause of the fire is still unknown. Although new cars rarely catch fire, it is not altogether an unprecedented event. Furthermore, with predominant fire damage at the front end, some speculate that the cause of the fire may be battery related as that lies under the front hood of this Italian supercar.
The insurance pay-out for this once RM 2 million supercar will most likely be very large, with this flambéd Lamborghini most likely being an insurance write off. However, totalled supercars like this may still see the light of day once more, either by being broken for spares to rescue other stricken bulls or as it is increasingly common nowadays, being the start of some aspiring mechanic’s YouTube career.
Text by Joshua Chin