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Stockholm driver rues Friday 13th misfortune

The Local/gm · 15 May 2011, 11:32

Published: 15 May 2011 11:32 GMT+02:00

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Aftonbladet reports today on a driver, named only as Jonas, who managed to wreck a 2.2 million kronor ($345,000) Lamborghini on what is often perceived to be the unluckiest date of the calendar.

The driver, who works for an event company that hires out luxury vehicles, was taking the exclusive sports car for a spin on the outskirts of Stockholm city centre on Friday afternoon. With heavy rain falling on roads that had been basking in sunshine for several days, conditions were dangerous, as he was about to find out.

After stopping at a red light the driver accelerated and lost control as the car skidded off the road. Luckily, nobody was injured in the accident, but the car, a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, was crushed and looks like it will have to be an insurance write-off.

With a price tag of over 2 million kronor even in secondhand condition, the Murciélago, “Bat” in Spanish, is the flagship model of the exclusive carmaker.

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The driver meanwhile said, "I do not think it (the date) had any significance, stuff always happens on Fridays."

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17:32 May 15, 2011 by jamesblish
happens all the time. newbie drivers who want to look cool but don't know the first thing about driving a sports car. it's not like driving a volvo, it requires a lot more skill and loads of people can't read the road properly and end up in a ditch.
18:20 May 15, 2011 by Keith #5083
It doesn't matter what the vehicle, if you ain't got the skill. Skateboarding takes skill. Stopped at a red light, accelerated and lost control? Well, he works in the right business - an event company!
18:25 May 15, 2011 by jamesblish
yes, it matters. driving a lambo is a completely different experience compared to, for example, driving a regular toyota.
22:03 May 15, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
Driving an exotic car doesn't make you a formula one driver. Go on youtube and type in the words "Ferrari" crash". Amazing how many rich idiots there are in this world who aren't good drivers.
09:02 May 16, 2011 by Keith #5083

the qualifier to the term 'it doesn't matter' was 'if you ain't got the skill'. A lambo (is that meant to be a matcho Rambo imagery fo a car?) may be a totally different experience...but if you ain't got the brains, common sense OR skill - then don't drive one!

We are not talking here about leaving the road on an acute bend at 190 kph in icy conditions.. We are talking about leaving a set of traffic lights. Now I once had a Ventura 3.3 6 cyl whose backend would slip in the rain if you just looked at the gas pedal.

Exactly what did this guy expect to happen in a 6.2 (ca 600 bhp) car if he hit the gas pedal too hard on a wet surface?

Bet he did manage to impress the onlookers though not in the way he intended!
09:34 May 16, 2011 by eppie
YEah with 500 hp, you get this backspin shuffle because of too little downforce. If you then let go of the clutch and put it in first gear you will see that this ABS stuff doesn't work anymore. Especially of you see what profile he used on his tires which if they were 0.5 to 1 mm thicker he would have stood a chance.

(I feel really cool writing this down.....seems just like I have a lot of knowledge on cars because I watch a lot of F1 and top-gear)
09:59 May 16, 2011 by Eagle63
I found the Bugatti Veyron to be ridiculously easy to drive very fast, although its much more powerfull than this car. But indeed, most supersportscars do need a more than average level of driving skills.
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