• Nov 18, 2006
We know that Ferruccio Lamborghini started out as a tractor maker before building his line of exotic sports cars, but taking an LP640 out to clear a field is just plain silly. Just weeks after Richard Hammond was released from the hospital following his rocket car crash, it is being reported that The Stig lost control of a new Lamborghini and aquaplaned off track and into the grass. Not the first time The Stig has spun out, but after Hamster's nearly disastrous ride, this is another unwanted scare. The Stig has notably spun the Koenigsegg CCX we drove in Vegas, as well as the Porsche Carrera GT, so the Murci is in good company.

While not explicitly naming the Top Gear program or The Stig himself, the BBC did have a few things to say about the incident. The gold Lamborghini Murcielago was being driven by "a professional," who escaped unharmed. The BBC also confirmed that the accident occurred during "a test run on a rain-soaked runway in Dunsfold Park, Surrey."

That location happens to be where Top Gear does most of its testing. A witness related that it appeared as though the driver just lost control in the bad weather, and that the Lambo was "spinning rapidly before skidding off the track and coming to a halt in a field. It looked pretty bashed up."

[Source: The Daily Mirror]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      hasn't the lp640 had some handling problems in the past as others have crashed????
      • 8 Years Ago
      @Dave : I wasnt only reffering to the safety of the driver but also that of the car itself. Nice to know that something someone has lent you is treated with such care..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice one vectorbug :-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Tommy:

      Tough. I can complain about whatever I want. Don't like it, shoot yourself. That way we can all be happy.

      Sincerely,
      Dad
      • 8 Years Ago
      You have way too much free time, Mr. Parker.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not sure about why all this comotion? Its a car show thesting high power cars on a close track by a professional driving it to the limit. Would you like to see a car show where they drive a CCX at 40mph?? I don't thing so. 5h17 happens and thats that.

      If incidents like that cause so much uproar by the public and media's coverage. Then all motorsports in the world should be banned.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm...don't think it's the Lambo's fault really... I mean if you see how Valentino Balboni drives the LP640 and keeps it under control I think it really doesn't have much to do with the handling of the car. More with bad decisions by the driver....for example taking a 640 hp car out on a "rain soaked runway".... That and driving at great speeds is just a recipe for aquaplaning and loosing control... Kind of dissapointed that the chaps at Top Gear don't take safety first...
      • 8 Years Ago
      For those of you who don't watch the show...spinning out onto the grass is pretty common. They usually show the guest celebs run off the road during their practice runs. Stig has done it quite a few times, no biggie.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The stig does not roll or spin a car, he keeps the car perfectly still while the world around him rotates at great speed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Agreed - are we going to start getting crazy news stories everytime someone spins out on Top Gear? I'd hate to see what the news media will do if celebrity loses a wheel (remember Lionel Richie and someone else?) on the reasonable priced car now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Top Gear has too much stupid British humor to be taken seriously. Not stupid cool humor like Monty Python, just stupid-stupid humor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      TOP GEAR = OVERRATED
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