The Italian Almanac

Lamborghini squad car

Italian News - September 21

Italy's highway patrol has been given its second Lamborghini squad car to be used for both high-speed chases and medical emergencies.

The 10-cylinder, 500-horse-power 'Gallardo', which retails at some 150,000 euros, has a top speed of 309kph and can go from zero to 100kph in 4.2 seconds. In order to deal with medical emergencies, which will have priority, the flashy sports car is equipped with a defibrillator, a climate-controlled compartment for organs and a complete first aid kit For its regular police work, the squad car has a special videorecording system to clock speeding and tape other road violations. It also has a state-of-the-art device which can scan license plates at a distance and then run them through a data bank to determine whether the vehicle is being sought.

The second super squad car was given to the highway patrol in the region of Emilia-Romagna, while the first was assigned last year to their counterparts in Lazio, the region of which Rome is the capital. During Tuesday's presentation of the car, Lamborghini Chairman Stephan Winkelmann said he and the automaker's 700 employees were proud to see their car carry the highway patrol colors, light blue and white, and over the fact that it will be used in the region where the car is produced.

Both Lamborghini squad cars were donated by the Rome-based Nando Paretti Foundation, which primarily supports programs which benefit health, the environment and nature. The foundation was named after the businessman who built Anonima Petroli Italiana (API) into one of Italy's leading oil companies.