Italian police get new superfast Lamborghini

It might make speeders think twice about trying to outrun Italy's traffic police: the force was presented on Thursday with a new Lamborghini Huracan

Italian police get new superfast Lamborghini
Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

With a top speed of 300kmh (190mph) and the capacity to go from 0-100kmh in 3.2 seconds, the luxury sports car manufacturer's latest model will become the second Lamborghini to be put at the service of the country's guardians of road safety.

The first one, a 2009 Gallardo, was often used for emergency transfers of organs destinated for transplant operations and blood supplies needed at accident sites.

It could also be called upon in cases of really excessive speeding and for promotional activities.

“We are very proud to continue our collaboration with the police and to be able to contribute to bringing the forces of law and order closer to the people,” Lamborghini's chairman and CEO, Stefano Domenicali, said as the keys to the new car were handed over to Interior Minister Marco Minniti.

The Gallardo is to be retired to the Police Car Museum in Rome.

“It did 150,000 km for us, which just goes to show it was a really well-built vehicle and it saved lives with its organ transplant trips,” Minniti said.


Runner dies in Italy-to-France ultra marathon

A runner taking part in an ultra-marathon in the Alps has died during the race after a fatal fall on a high-altitude mountain path, emergency services told AFP on Wednesday.

Runner dies in Italy-to-France ultra marathon
The race traverses Mont Blanc. Illustration photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

The 35-year-old from the Czech Republic was taking part in a warm-up event ahead of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a famed endurance event that takes place every year around western Europe’s highest peak.

The man fell during the night after setting off with more than 1,000 other runners from the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur on Tuesday afternoon along the 145-kilometre course of the TDS race to Chamonix in France.

Emergency services were alerted after midnight on Wednesday and flew in a helicopter to the scene of the accident in the Bourg-Saint-Maurice district, but they were unable to revive him, local police commander Patrice Ribes told AFP.

Organisers of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, which takes places on Friday, said it was the first death in one of their events since their start in 2003.

Elsewhere in the French Alps on Wednesday, a 60-year-old climber died in the Isère region after suffering a fall of 30 metres.