Get, set, crash: It didn't end well for these super cars in India

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2015 01:12 IST

A wise man – Spiderman's Uncle Ben – once said: "With great power comes great responsibility."

Too bad the lesson did not catch on among Indians driving super cars.

The roads in the country remain narrow, the traffic chaotic and empty stretches rare, but they have never stopped some of these drivers – including a man who crashed his Lamborghini Murcielago at the India Gate on Friday and abandoned it – from going overboard as they show off.

Others are simply struck by bad luck and, we cannot stress this enough, bad roads.

Here are a few super car, super expensive crashes and goof-ups in the past few years:

Crash course in valet parking

In 2014, a valet at a five-star hotel in Delhi crashed a Lamborghini Gallardo into a concrete wall in front of horrified guests, causing damage of up to Rs 2 crore. Photos of the aftermath showed the severely crumpled front end of the sleek white super car, its hood crumpled by a wall.

The valet, who had been working at the hotel for 10 years, was said to have lost control of the Italian speedster on the slippery forecourt after an early afternoon shower.

When a super car meets an immovable object

Wide road, no traffic? Don't cheer yet, there is still the speed-breaker.

India is well-known for its unscientific speed bumps that can break your back, apart from your speed.

In the video posted below, a Bugatti Veyron can be seen struggling to drive over a speed-breaker near the Hyderabad airport. Though the Bugatti has adjustable height suspensions, India’s speed bumps are sometimes just too big.

Nowhere to go

When super cars are not maneuvering speed bumps, they are burning fuel, stuck in traffic.

Speed demon

A speeding Porsche somersaulted and rammed into the Children's Park at the India Gate in 2011. Two occupants, reportedly very drunk, survived. The driver was arrested for rash driving but later released on bail.

Rs. 1.5-crore Porsche crashes near India Gateby tvnportal

When it's not the super car's fault

A businessman bent on showcasing his 9-year-old son's driving talents to the world let him take his Ferrari F430 for a spin.

Muhammad Nizam, currently in jail for killing a security guard by ramming his Hummer into the man, let his son drive the supercar on his birthday – with nobody else in the vehicle except for his 9-year-old brother – and filmed it.

While many supercar drivers are known to have cheated death, not all are equally lucky.

In 2012, a 26-year-old man died when he crashed his orange Lamborghini, worth approximately Rs 3 crore, on the BRT corridor between Chirag Dilli and Moolchand in New Delhi. Police said he was driving at over 200 kmph and not wearing his seat belt when the accident occurred.

The orange Lamborghini that crashed on the BRT corridor in 2012

He lost control while trying to overtake a vehicle, climbed the car-bus lane separator and rammed into a bus stop.

PC Jewellers, the initial owners of the ill-fated Lamborghini Gallardo, got rid of the car as they found it nearly uncontrollable on Indian roads.

Cars made by Ferrari, Bugatti, Maserati, Lamborghini or Bentley are engineering marvels but some experts say they are not suited for under-developed markets and conditions such as those found in India.

The main issue is the way these cars handle on the road and their rapid acceleration. The Gallardo, for example, can get up to 100 kmph from standstill in just 3.4 seconds.

Experts believe Indian drivers, being conservative and with limited exposure to such powerful machines, are not equipped to handle such acceleration.

Another problem these vehicles face in India is the dreaded low ground clearance. The Gallardo has an unenviable ground clearance of little over 100 mm. While that is crucial for a car that does 300 kmph-plus, the feature is quite a liability on Indian roads.

With potholes that resemble craters on the moon and speed-breakers more akin to vehicle-breakers, combined with drivers bent on showing off, tragedy is sometimes the only conclusion.

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