These three certainly know what they’re doing behind the wheel of a car on a racetrack, therefore should be more than up to the job of driving them on the road. The only slight chink in the armour is yours truly – my only claim to racing fame was that I once competed in a 24-hour kart race, but rather ominously was never asked back to the team after my efforts on track saw us go backwards down the field.
Still, this whole test was my idea and somehow this meant that I was the one singing the indemnity forms for just shy of a million dollars-worth of Sant’Agata’s finest. So with all the cars collected from the dealer’s underground car park in deepest darkest Deira on a Sunday afternoon, everyone disappeared off in their own direction with instructions to meet up at Evo ME towers at the crack of down the next day.
Crack of dawn never actually transcribes to be very much like dawn once everyone drags themselves out of bed – even with the premise of a day’s hard-driving of a quartet of Lambos, certain members of the team (mentioning no names) still find it tricky to get up in the morning… But eventually we were all together and set off from Dubai Media City with the Hajjar mountains out near Hatta being our end goal.
Unsurprisingly, we caused a certain buzz down Sheikh Zayed Road as our Lamborghini convoy battled through the morning traffic. The Gallardo might be now in its eighth year of production, but it still causes young boys to gape and point and the finer sex to send flirtatious glances your way.
With the last Murcielago rolling off the production line in late 2010, the Gallardo is currently the sole model on offer from Lamborghini. The big bad Murci’s replacement is due to be shown in Geneva in a couple of months’ time, but it’ll still be a while before production gets underway. Therefore, it’s up to the Gallardo to fly the flag solo for a while yet.