Top Gear Wrecks Lamborghini Diablo During Filming

Television’s Top Gear recently resumed filming on the upcoming season (series 29, if you acknowledge the authority of the Queen), and news of a crash has your author feeling excited about the program for the first time in a while. It also provided an opportunity to actually learn the names of the presenters who aren’t Chris Harris, who was not at the helm of the vintage Lamborghini Diablo that unexpectedly went off-road.

Comedian Paddy McGuinness hopped on social media to let fans know he was safe on Tuesday, following numerous reports that he had suffered an off while the boys were filming it running around in North Yorkshire alongside a Ferrari F40 and Jaguar XJ220. Neither McGuinness nor the other two vehicles/hosts are said to have sustained damage, though the Lambo took a beating, potentially providing us with some top-flight entertainment later this year. 

This isn’t the first time in recent memory Top Gear has suffered a high-profile incident. After years of waiting to see what Richard Hammond would plow into next (bless his little heart for constantly putting himself at risk), modern host Freddy Flintoff suffered a high-speed off that the media said was reminiscent of the Vampire dragster indecent that temporarily put Mr. Hammond in a coma in 2006.

In actuality, the 2019 trike wreck wasn’t anywhere near as grim — especially since Flintoff’s accident seems as though it could have been avoided, happened at less than half the speed of Hammond’s, and didn’t end with an emergency helicopter ride to the hospital. But it was still incredibly dangerous, revealing that both hosts and producers are willing to take things past the point of sanity.

Exhibit B: Flintoff also flipped a modified Jaguar XJ and driving veteran Harris narrowly escaped an Alpine A110 that caught fire. Good or bad, this is how you make compelling automotive programming.

McGuinness’s recent accident in the Lamborghini seems to have been the result of a particularly rainy day, however. Wide tires have a tendency to hydroplane when confronted with a lot of rain, and stock Diablo hoops measure a massive 13 inches at the rear. Precipitation encouraged the car make an abrupt detour through a fence at speeds below the legal limits, according to a spokesperson from the show.

“I finally got to drive one of my fantasy childhood cars, the Lamborghini Diablo. But it turns out 30-year-old supercars don’t like torrential rain. Who’d have thought?” Paddy jested over Instagram. “If you’ve ever owned a Diablo or you’ve driven one, you’ll know just as well as me — oh my God, she can be a cruel mistress, she can be a cruel mistress, that one. That V12 lures you in and suddenly — RARR — it bites you. I’m totally fine. Fingers crossed we get the car running again because it is an absolute beauty.”

The Lamborghini was covered in a tarp of shame before being moved to a safe location. Based on how it looks post-accident, it’ll probably be a while before it’s once again deemed roadworthy. Luckily, the brunt of the damage appears cosmetic. I’m just glad the ultra-rare XJ220 went unscathed and nobody reported any human injuries.

Odds are good we’ll be able to see the accident in high-definition when Top Gear returns to the air. Photos clearly show the main camera crew in attendance, idling by the side of the road after the crash. We’ll just have to hope they got a good angle and the banter approaches the high standard set by their forebears. At least the current hosts have shown a willingness to risk their own lives while displaying an aptitude for narrowly escaping harm. That’s warrants some praise in itself, and will undoubtedly draw in some new (or perhaps old) viewers.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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a version of this article first appeared on TTAC