This Lamborghini Supercar Is Used To Direct Aircrafts
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Just the word “Lamborghini” conjures up images of luxury, power, and status. Its iconic elegant look and the implied promise of out-of-this-world performance make it one of the finest of Italian traditions. It is no wonder the new jet-guiding “follow me” car at Bologna, Italy’s Guglielmo Marconi Airport is creating such a buzz.
The brightly-painted Lamborghini Huracan Evo is a far cry from the utilitarian vehicles travelers expect to see on the tarmac. Landing at the airport in Italy just became more interesting.
What exactly does a follow-me car do?
Lamborghinis make surprisingly good airport cars
A “follow me” car at an airport drives ahead of an airplane after it lands and guides it to its bay. These specialty cars play a key role in providing efficient and safe ground operations. It is an important task. Pilots have limited visibility from the cockpit and rely on the “follow me” cars to communicate with them and clear the way.
The use of the Lamborghini brand for less than luxury purposes is nothing new in Italy. The Italian state police got their own blue and white Huracan LP610-4 a few years ago, making them some of the coolest cops in Europe.
Why the Lamborghini supercar is perfect for the job
Directing aircraft traffic might seem like a grunge job reserved for ordinary cars. But for those who work at or fly into the Bologna airport, the Lamborghini is the ideal choice. The car’s magnificence while it works and its status as a true feat of Italian engineering is only the tip of the iceberg.
Those driving the beloved speed machine may not get to show off all its impressive abilities while on the runway, but there’s a reason it’s on the runway. Here are a few reasons why the Lamborghini Huracan Evo is perfect for the job.
- Lamborghini’s headquarters are nearby — Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese headquarters is only 16 miles from northern Italy’s busiest airport.
- Lamborghini has a long-standing partnership with the airport — The company has supplied the airport with similar models for many years.
- It can perform intricate maneuvers on the ground — The custom supercar’s superior engineering allows it to navigate tricky maneuvers.
- It makes the airport stand out — Visitors look forward to seeing the decked-out supercar in action.
You might have noticed a Lamborghini at the airport before
The sight of a Lamborghini supercar at the Guglielmo Marconi Airport is nothing new. The introduction of the new Huracan Evo, of course, brings it to a whole new level. Airport officials renewed their now seven-year partnership with the automaker and Italian car enthusiasts couldn’t be happier.
The Huracan Evo is replacing its predecessor, another bright yellow livery Huracan, with the current supercar. It all started in 2013 when the airport received a Lamborghini Aventador to use as its “follow me” car. It was a red and white-themed automotive beauty and the beginning of a well-received trend.
Yet the 631-hp Lamborghini Huracan Evo seems a step-up from all the rest. Its exceptional capabilities are not likely to be tested on the airport runway. However, it still stands out as the supercar it was meant to be even as it slowly taxis airplanes to their destination.