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LMAO - I saw some of the reactions of disgust :mischief:  Sadly can't access the article from here, only the news.com.au one:

edit: plenty of articles :p

http://news.google.com.au/news?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGGL,GGGL:2006-36,GGGL:en&tab=wn&ncl=1231968101&hl=en

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Lamborghini sent 10,460km for oil check

A HIGH-powered Lamborghini - the same model as Batman's - was sent on a 10,460km round-trip from Qatar to Britain simply to have a service, sparking fury from environmentalists.

The £190,000 ($400,484)  black and gold car was put on a regular Qatar Airways flight to Heathrow airport, then flown back after having its oil checked, the The Sun newspaper said.

Servicing at an approved dealer costs £3552. The cost of sending it by air freight was £20,000, the daily said, citing the airline which confirmed it carried the Murcielago LP640 model last Friday and Monday.

Friends of the Earth's transport campaigner Tony Bosworth said: "The pollution from driving a Lamborghini is bad enough, but flying one thousands of miles for a service is taking climate-wrecking behaviour to new heights.

"With rising fuel costs and mounting concern about climate change most people are trying to save energy. They are likely to find this type of wasteful and damaging activity outrageous.''

But David Price of the Lamborghini Club UK, told The Sun: "If an owner wants to service his car in that way it is his choice. I'm not surprised. Thankfully, the age of excess in some areas continues.''

Lamborghini UK spokeswoman Juliet Jarvis said the supercar was not inspected at any of its service areas but told the tabloid: "This sort of thing is not unheard of.''

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According the The Sun, the owner -- which the paper surmises is a sheik -- had Qatar Airways ship the Murcielago LP640 about 6,500 miles round trip at a cost of about 39 grand and God-knows-how-much greenhouse gas just to service the car (cost: $7,030.47). "This car doesn't have a carbon footprint," an unnamed airport worker told The Sun. "More like a crater."

Environmentalists are all but demanding the unidentified owner's head, the UK Lambo club can't see what all the fuss is about and Lamborghini has found itself in a bit of a sticky wicket.

"With rising fuel costs and concern about climate change, most people are likely to find this type of wasteful and damaging activity outrageous," Tony Bosworth of Friends of the Earth told the BBC. "The pollution from driving a Lamborghini is bad enough, but flying one thousands of miles for a service is taking climate-wrecking behavior to new heights."

For the record, the LP640 has a 6.5-liter V-12 that produces 640 horsepower. It gets about a dozen mpg and emits 495 grams/kilometer of carbon dioxide. That's about four times greater than the 130 g/km limit the European Union wants to place on autos.

David Price of Lamborghini Club UK essentially told the environmentalists to bugger off. He told the BBC that Bosworth's argument isn't "relevant to anything" and The Sun quoted him saying, “If an owner wants to service his car in that way, it is his choice. I'm not surprised. Thankfully an age of excess in some areas continues."

As for Lamborghini, it appears to be dancing like Fred Astaire. Lamborghini UK spokeswoman Juliet Jarvis told the BBC that the car was not serviced by any of Lamborghini's authorized dealers in the UK. But she told The Sun there could be “kudos” for the guy having his car serviced in London. She noted that most cars are serviced in the same country they're purchased -- imagine that! -- but, “This sort of thing is not unheard of.”

Yes, because we all know how hard it is to find oil in the Middle East.




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Greenies make me laugh.  Middle Eastern aristocrats fly their cars to London/Paris/Geneva?Monaca every year for summer anyway, so why all the fuss about this?  And it's not like any shiek will stop doing this just because a some western critic says so.



Offline cel

The story is not right though, the Lambo they are talking about is the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Hamann, which has been in London at least for over a month and not just 3 days.



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Meh - when's the last time a story being "right" matter to whether it's published or not? :p



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