Power corrupts, but a screaming exhaust corrupts absolutely!
A few days back we all saw a lovely Lamborghini Huracan, in a very beautiful Arancio Borealis shade (orange) crash into an autorickshaw in Mira Road.
All of this was shot on video, which has been dutifully carried by many major news and automotive portals.
This car, driven by a local MLA’s wife, is powered by a 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine, which produces 610bhp (8250 rpm) and 560Nm(6500 rpm) of power and torque. As a result, this car rockets past 100 kph in a blistering 3.2 seconds, and screams all the way to 325kph, under a very heavy right foot.
The lady driving the car, the MLA’s wife, evidently lost control of this beast of a car and rammed a parked autorickshaw outside the Seven Square school in Mira-Bhayander. The rickshaw was damaged, and there were a few scratches on the front bumper of the Huracan. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
The MLA and his family is under intense media scrutiny for what happened, and the auto driver has heavy repair expenses to bear. But we also heard that the matter has been put to rest via a financial settlement. So enough of that for now.
This is not the first incident of its kind. Powerful machines in the hands of inexperienced riders/drivers are nothing less than killing machines on wheels. We all know that.
We all love speed. We swear by the scream of a wild engine, the rush of acceleration and the appreciating looks people give us when we land up riding an inline-4 or driving a v-8. But if that is why you buy a superbike or a supercar, please DON’T.
Buy one because you appreciate the engineering that has gone into it. Very soon, we will run out of oil. And on that day, we will look back with regret at all the wonderful cars and bikes we misused. Machines that were works of art, only to have been crashed beyond repair and written off.
With advancements in hybrid and electric vehicles, we will still be able to enjoy that highway blast, but will it be the same as barreling down a tunnel riding a roaring storm of fury, metal, and rubber? Not quite.
Supercars and superbikes are marvels of technology. If you have the capacity to handle one, do so. But not to show off. But to preserve a piece of our history as a race. Mankind deserves that much.
Enjoy power, but do it responsibly.
Let the vrooms never die, people. Let’s take care of our race-bred steeds. Lets’ rev and let rev.