Rare Lamborghini racer burns to a crisp
Jason White was campaigning his rare Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale in the Targa Wrest Rally on the island of Tasmania, when disaster struck.
Driving at speeds of up to 120mph, with his uncle acting as navigator in the passenger seat, the lightweight supercar – of which only 150 were ever made – began to overheat.
The next thing the pair knew, huge flames were shooting out of the rear of the car, where the engine is situated, forcing them to evacuate the vehicle.
The 41-year-old racing driver could then do nothing but watch his pride and joy burn to the ground. Fortunately, both he and his passenger, who are reigning champions on the rally, were uninjured.
Speaking to the Tasmanian Mercury, Mr White said: "When your rear view mirrors glow orange, it's a bad sign.
"There was just a massive fireball out the back. The car is completely written off from the seats back.
"We've had the car on fire once before, at Mt Buller, which was a reasonable size fire. But that was a candle compared to this one.
"I drove it until the chassis rails melted off it and that's what stopped us from rolling to the point where the fire truck was.
"The suspension mounts didn't have anything to hold on to anymore because the chassis melted away and the wheels basically fell off."
The Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale is a road-legal racing car, based on the track-only Super Trofeo one-make racing cars. It's powered by the same 5.2-litre V10 engine found in the regular Gallardo model.