It turns out a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder makes a pretty good bulldozer, as this closed-circuit video shows. A valet for the five-star Le Meridien hotel in Delhi, India allegedly lost control of the supercar as he waited for traffic to clear. It’s reported that damages exceed $335,000, including the Gallardo, the hotel, and the second car involved in the incident.
The video shows in good detail how the V-10-powered car gained momentum as it pushed a sedan out of its way before being stopped by a thick concrete wall. Thankfully, no one was injured other than the valet, who had reportedly worked for the hotel for 10 years. In fact, it’s likely the valet had driven the Lambo before, as its owner says the hotel staff had parked his car many times before without issue.
Unfortunately for the owner, the hotel is refusing to pay for the damages. Taking things into his own hands, the owner, who is said to be a businessman from Mumbai, filed a police report against the hotel and valet. What’s worse, high import taxes spike the Gallardo Spyder’s retail price far beyond what others around the world pay for the same car, hence the extravagant estimated cost of damages.
There is still no official word on what caused the valet to lose control of the Lamborghini , but perhaps he inadvertently dumped the clutch, got thrown back in the seat, and hit the gas. Either way, it’s a good possibility he’ll be looking for another job.
Click past the jump to watch the crash video.
Why It Matters
Well, in the grand scheme of things, this one wreck doesn’t really matter. However, we feel for the Lamborghini’s owner who now has a legal battle on his hands and is down a Gallardo. It’ll be interesting to see who winds up paying for the damages.
The Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder is among Lamborghini’s most popular vehicles. It comes powered by a screaming 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that makes 550 horsepower and 397 pound-feet of toque that sends the car to 60 mph in just over four seconds. It’s top speed is listed just under 200 mph.
Inside the U.S., the Gallardo Spyder starts around $210,000 and goes up drastically from there. Selecting all-wheel-drive, for example, adds roughly $30,000 to the asking price.
The Gallardo has now been phased out by the incoming Lamborghini Huracán for 2015.