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I have always found airports to be fascinating places, I love watching the variety of tugs, luggage haulers and transportation vehicles all racing around getting planes ready for take off. Many of these vehicles are unique to airports and it’s fun to spot vehicles you have never seen before.
Travellers who will be flying in or out of Italy’s Bologna airport within 2021 are in for a real treat as the airport has recently aquired a Lamborghini Huracan Evo to be used as the airport’s follow me car. The Huracán Evo will be guiding arriving and departing aircraft around the airport until January 7th of 2022 so if you happen to be at Bologna airport this year then keep an eye out for it.
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The Huracan has been fitted with a special livery which features matte orange accents and signs saying “Follow Me in Our Beautiful Country”. On the roof sits a mounted light bar and inside the vehicle there is a radio allowing the driver to communicate with the control tower.
This Lamborghini Follow Me car has the standard 5.2-liter V10 engine that churns out 631 hp allowing the Huracán Evo to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.9 seconds. Even though the Lambo can hit speeds over 200 mph (325 km/h) it is going to spending most of it’s time crawling around the airport.
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Let’s compare the Lamborghinis power to the planes it will be guiding around. This is just for fun, most of the time the lambo will be cruising with planes slowly following behind. The Boeing 747 can reach a top end of 876kmph, which makes the Lamborghini Huracan and its top speed of 325kmph look slow. But what if we take the race to the ground level? Well on the ground the Boeing only gets close to 300kmph, more in the 290kmh range. So if the race was a ground race the Lamborghini could escape by the skin of its teeth. When you start to account for things like handling, corning and reversing then it’s no contest, a grounded plane simply isn’t very nimble, which is one of the reasons they use follow me cars in the first place.
The Lamborghini will serve as eye candy for spotters and do its duty as a taxi for aircrafts but the secondary purpose of carrying equipment around the airport. The Lamborghini has the power to move equipment but not the room to store it. This has left people wondering how useful this decision really is. Is it just a bid to increase tourism? Is it a marketing stunt from Lamborghini? Or have they got enough regular follow me cars to allow the Huracan to just do taxi jobs. Maybe the staff just wanted to burn rubber in a super car?