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Lamborghini LP550-2 Balboni Wrecked in France

Special edition Gallardo met its maker after some reckless driving left the supercar in a crumpled heap.

Only 250 of these unique machines left the Lamborghini factory and it's our sad duty to report that one such model is now almost certainly headed for the scrapheap. Named after the Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni who has driven every single one of the automaker's prototypes since 1973, the Lamborghini legend was instrumental in developing every Lamborghini from the Miura to the Countach.

What makes this car truly unique is that it's not all-wheel-drive. Instead, power from the $220,000 550hp 5.2-liter V10 is sent to the rear wheels. The crash took place south of Vienne, France, where the owner lost control of the limited-edition Gallardo when travelling at speed, hit a Renault Express van and then a fire hydrant before coming to rest at an industrial green house. No-one was seriously injured in the crash, although at first the driver and passenger of the Balboni, two sisters, fled the scene of the accident in a Fiat 500, leaving the crumpled mess of a supercar by the side of the road.

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