Guy wins Lamborghini Murcielago, wrecks it 6 hours later

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 22, 2011

The winner of a lime green Lamborghini Murcielago crashed it last Saturday just six hours after claiming the vehicle. David Dopp was officially presented with the car by and Maverik that same afternoon as the prize for having won the ”Joe Schomo to Lambo” contest. A few hours later, Dopp was headed northbound in Santaquin on South Ridge Farms Road between the Kars gas station and The Big Red Barn when the car spun out of control, sending the Lamborghini into a field west of the road.

Dopp had a friend in the passenger seat during the accident. Dopp said that it’s possible he had hit a patch of black ice or gravel. It was already dark when it happened. According to a witness, the Lamborghini was in the field before the cops arrived nearly an hour later. It was reported that the skid marks can be seen on the road and the car had halted facing the opposition direction.

Police said that the car was spinning out of control before it went over a curb and later stopped in a field 75 feet from the road embankment. Alcohol has been ruled out. Police think that speed may have been a factor in the accident since it was going 40-50 mph on the road, which has a speed limit of 35 mph.

Dopp wasn’t given a citation but the courts will be given a case to review possible charges. The supercar is priced at over $300,000 and could reach a top speed of 205 mph. A fence post had punctured the car’s oil pan. The rear bumper was damaged and there were also extensive scratches.

The Lamborghini Murciélago is a two-door coupe that features the recognizable gull-wing doors. The two-seater coupe makes use of the Lamborghini layout, with the engine mounted in the middle and the transmission and gearbox mounted at the front of the V12 engine while the rear differential joins the engine unit. The permanent 4WD also features the central viscous coupler.

This is the same layout that Lamborghini has been using for more than three decades, helping it distribute 58% of the weight at the rear and 42% up the front. This optimal weight distribution benefits the traction, handling and braking. The independent double wishbone suspension design is also part of the Lamborghini layout, which is lauded to be the best configuration for a top performing GT.

Further, the bodywork panels on the outside use carbon fibre, but the door panels and the roof are made of steel. In the rear portion, you have a pair of active intakes that gives the engine some cooling air. You also have the Variable Air-flow Cooling System, which controls the aperture the intakes.

Then, to guarantee the best aerodynamic balance regardless of speed, you can also change the angle of the rear spoiler. The spoiler can be adjusted according to the speed of the car. From a standstill to 130 km/h, it is closed. It partially opens at 50 degrees when you go as fast as 130 to 220 km/h. Beyond that, the spoilers fully open. Depending on the configuration of the rear spoiler and the air intakes, the drag coefficient is anywhere from 0.33 to 0.36.

What's more, you get bi-xenon headlights and a windscreen wiper that has the one arm pantograph design. This particular design helps the wiper sweep a bigger area, lessening the blind spots. It also moves fast and does not obscure the driver's view when it is at rest.

Further, the mirrors of the wing are electrically foldable. These mirrors are mounted on lengthy support arms allowing the driver to see beyond the driver wings even when the air intakes are open. Even with its mounting, the mirrors are stable especially at high speeds.

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