Ship sinks with supercars and the ultimate Lamborghini Aventador

Ship sinks with supercars and the ultimate Lamborghini Aventador


The ship caught fire on February 16 and had about 4,000 luxury cars on board. Photo: Broadcasting/Portuguese Navy

Photo: Publicity/Portuguese Navy/Estadão

The cargo ship Felicity Ace sank on Tuesday, the 1st, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal.. The ship, which was carrying a total of 3,965 luxury cars, had been sinking since February 16, when it issued a fire warning to Portuguese Navy. on board were cars from several brands such as Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini, which had units of the last Aventador series..

The ship, which was going from Germany to the United States, had 22 crew members, luckily they were rescued safely. So far, there is no confirmation about the current condition of the vehicles. However, with such a long fire, which started in the basement, there is not much hope for recovery.

With the disaster, it is estimated the financial loss of about 500 million US dollars. That is, R$ 2.5 billion in direct to real conversion. In addition, there are concerns for the environment, as a vessel of this size can contain up to 3 million liters of oil dumped into the sea.

Lamborghini Aventador units

As we said, the exact condition of the vehicles that were in the shipment is still unknown. However, for Lamborghini, the situation brings additional regrets. That’s because the beefy brand had 21 cars in the fleet, including units of the Aventador Ultimae, a special farewell to the supercar.

The automaker’s exclusive edition of the car had only 600 cars produced, with 360 coupes and 250 convertibles. The model is the last one with a 100% combustion engine 6.5 V12. The kit produces an extraordinary power of 780 hp and 73.4 mkgf of torque.. Thus, Aventador Ultimae goes from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.8 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 355 km / h (in the coupe configuration).

Considering, Lamborghini America CEO Andrea Baldi, commented that the brand is waiting for official information about what happened. But, he also said that, one way or another, there will be delays in delivery.

”There is always the possibility that, for 600 units, the cancellation of the purchase will allow the replacement of the Aventador, but I prefer to hope that, for now, at least a few Aventadors in the fleet are safe. We will inform the customers as soon as we get certain information,” he said.

In addition to special edition models, the luxury car maker had units of the Urus SUV on consignment. With up to 641 hp, the best sports utility has become a reference in the segment.

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In addition to Lamborghini, other brands that are also losing hair due to the epidemic are Bentley, Porsche and Volkswagen itself. (both are part of the VW group). This is because, apparently, of the 4 thousand models shipped, 1,100 would be Porsches, 189 Bentleys and the rest would come from Volkswagen itself, which likely had the new ID.3 and ID.4 electrics on board..

So far, the group has not spoken about what happened. Despite the loss, it seems that the damage will be covered by insurance, but the situation in general is still worried because of the distribution, delivery and replacement of production.

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Following the fire alert and the rescue of the crew, the authorities were trying to pull the Felicity Ace since February 25. However, this week, the ship would be heading towards the star, which ended up making the process difficult. According to João Mendes Cabeças, captain of the port of Hortawho spoke to Reuters, the rough sea also entered the way. ”When the towing started, water started coming in, then the ship lost stability and sank,” he reported.

Felicity measured almost 200 meters in length and was at least 15 meters long. The investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing and, soon, we should know what the fate of the cars is.