Behold: the definition of giving 110 percent in competition. Jason and John White recently took to the Targa High Country in Victoria, Australia in their Lamborghini Gallardo. The duo spent the final day of the event battling for the top spot with a menacing Nissan GT-R. The final stage of the day saw the Whites four seconds behind their rival when the green light lit, and the team proceeded to do their best to close the gap.

There was only one problem; half way through the course, the team noticed that a glowing fireball was erupting from the rear of their Italian racer. The crew could either stop halfway through the course, attempt to extinguish the flames with their on-board extinguishers and give up the overall win or push on for victory and hopefully more extinguishers.

The Whites went for the latter option and managed to beat out the GT-R driven by Tony Quin by a full ten seconds. Fire crews quickly put the flames out and managed to prevent the Gallardo from (completely) going up in a puff of smoke. The heroics are just another reason why Targa is the best form of motorsports on the planet. Hit the jump to check out a few videos of the feat for yourself.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      "The perfect race car crosses the finish line in first place and then falls to pieces." Ferdinand Porsche
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the Gallardo was a massive 14 seconds faster on the last stage than a fully functional GTR...while barbecuing its own arse?!? I think they cheated... that engine was running on internal combustion AND external combustion. That is just how beast the team and car were.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Ladies and gentlemen, the first external combustion engine. Apparently it works.
      • 3 Years Ago
      To quote jeremy clarkson - "This is why I like lamborghinis. You see you can get a normal car....and its NOT on fire." Also relevant, to paraphrase hammond - "see, it didn't just go around the track like a robot, it went and exploded!"
      • 3 Years Ago
      After watching the second vid, I'm really impressed with the amount of sportsmanship all around. Looks like an amazing event to be able to attend.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That car was smokin' .... I used to like Ferrari's better, now I would rather have a Lamborghini. However, if I was super rich and had 10, 15 or 20+ cars, I'd have a new Lamborghini or two and several vintage Ferrari's.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Props to the drivers for finishing the race... balls to the wall!
      • 3 Years Ago
      maybe the fire burnt the extra weight. lighter = faster ;P
      • 3 Years Ago
      There was an amazing lack of airflow disrupting the flames. I suppose the air foils and spoilers would be the cause, but it seems they would do the opposite.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a smokin' ride!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really don't appreciate Lamborghini's shameless plagarism of Ferrari here. Everyone loves the 458 Italia for its fiery personally, and rear wheel wells, and now they have the Gallardo doing the same?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ferruccio Lamborghini always said he could do it better than ferrari
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I were to chose (though I don't have the money to afford either of them), I would have to pick the Gallardo, even though it is far more expensive than the GT-R (I never liked the GT-R, though is a well-engineered car). But how can you ignore the fact that the GT-R cost less than a half of a Gallardo?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess someone lit a fire under his ass. That's a hot car. Those firery Italians. Ok, someone else's turn.
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