Su­per­cars’ fire risk re­call

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - MO­TOR­ING

Think the rich don’t have prob­lems? Think again as al­most 6000 Lam­borgh­i­nis are be­ing re­called.

The re­call cov­ers the NZ$550,000 Aven­ta­dor and the Ve­neno mod­els which sold for be­tween NZ$5.6 mil­lion to NZ$6.3m.

The Ve­neno re­call is not that big with only 12 ex­am­ples ex­ist of the 12-cylin­der, 750-horse­power mod­els that Lam­borgh­ini billed as a ‘‘street-le­gal rac­ing car’’.

How­ever, they are among about 5900 Aven­ta­dors the car­maker is re­call­ing be­cause a fuel sys­tem fault could lead to fires.

Bloomberg News re­ported the re­call in­cluded the only three Ve­nenos hard­tops sold, which car­ried a price of about NZ$5.6m plus an­other nine Ve­neno Road­sters, orig­i­nally listed at NZ$6.3m. The Ve­nenos, how­ever, are a sought af­ter car with fig­ures ap­proach­ing NZ$10m touted for them now.

In a statement, Lam­borgh­ini said faults in the Aven­ta­dor’s evap­o­ra­tive emis­sions con­trol sys­tem could cause fuel vapours to not be treated prop­erly.

Com­bined with ‘‘par­tic­u­lar ma­neoeu­vres’’ such as ‘‘en­gine over-revving at idle,’’ fuel vapours could con­tact hot gasses and lead to a fire risk, ‘‘es­pe­cially with a not ap­proved af­ter­mar­ket ex­haust sys­tem.’’

With a full fuel tank, ‘‘cer­tain driv­ing con­di­tions’’ could cause petrol to come into con­tact with hot ex­haust sys­tem com­po­nents.

‘‘The re­call cov­ers the NZ$550,000 Aven­ta­dor and the Ve­neno mod­els.’’

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A Lam­borgh­ini Ve­neno.

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