Lamborghini driver loses control on Jalan Tun Razak and barges into the back of a Proton Perdana causing it to overturn.
Another day, another vehicle ramming into the back of another car causing a major accident, but instead of a drugged-up lorry driver barging into an innocent little yellow Myvi, this time around, it seemed like a raging bull went amok.
In an incident at 8.40 am, 8 September, a Lamborghini Gallardo driven by a 42-year-old Malaysian lost control and crashed into a Proton Perdana causing it to overturn at Jalan Tun Razak heading towards the Pahang roundabout.
The Gallardo in question was driven at high speed and did not have time to slow down when it arrived at the layover, which was experiencing traffic congestion.
Head of the Kuala Lumpur Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT), Assistant Commissioner Sarifudin Mohd Salleh said the initial investigation found that the man failed to control the vehicle until it collided with a Proton Perdana car driven by a 53-year old woman causing it to overturn.
Sarifudin said urine and alcohol screening tests were done on the driver, which found him negative for drugs or intoxication. We can pin this down as a typical case of overzealousness.
Common sense tells us that one should not be driving fast while in the city, especially when a particular road is tight and only has two lanes. While some understand this logic, other high powered car owners seem to think that they can defy physics, wherein their car can be stopped instantly.
In this particular incident, we don't truly know what was going through the Lamborghini driver's mind, but it does seem that the driver was high on horsepower, which probably clouded his judgement about safe driving in the city.
Supercar owners and silly accidents are nothing new. Look it up on the internet to see the abundant amounts of supercars being crashed by overenthusiastic drivers.
Driving a car with over 500 horsepower is different from driving a vehicle with even 200 horsepower. They can go 0-100km/h in a blink of an eye. If the car from the incident is a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, even its 0-160kmh-0 time of 12.4 seconds can't stop it fast enough from ploughing into the sudden congestion on the road up ahead.
Even if the Superleggera came with optional ceramic brakes, it still would not have stopped the raging bull fast enough, which brings us to the saying, 'with great power comes great responsibility'. For this case, the driver's responsibility was to drive slower on congested city roads where small and slower cars co-exist together.
The Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera has a 5204 cc V10 engine which pushes out 562 bhp and 540 Nm of torque. It can do 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 325km/h.
In this instance, it clearly was a case of brain failure, not brake failure.