Nothing says "Supercar City" like a howling V10 to guide your plane down the runway.
If you've ever touched down at an airport but spent another ten minutes rolling around various runways to get to your gate, your pilot has probably used a follow-me car. For safety and convenience, these special vehicles, usually equipped with sirens and lights, guide airplanes safely around runways and other ground transportation. Most of the time they're normal, utility-style vehicles. But not in Italy.
The Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport just renewed its contract for its follow-me car with Lamborghini, meaning for the foreseeable future, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo will continue to guide planes around the airport. Revealed yesterday, the Huracan celebrates the renewal with an all-new military-inspired livery that replaces the Italian flag livery of last year's follow-me car.
We're not sure why the medium-sized airport needs a fire-breathing Huracan for this duty, but we're not complaining.
The livery was designed at Lamborghini Centro Stile and the company says the Arancione Matt (matte orange) is reminiscent of more standard operating vehicles on airfields. The cool base color is called Verde Turbine Matt, which looks like a matte khaki to us. The vehicle gets flashing lights so pilots can see it at night and features the Italian flag with the writing "Follow Me in Our Beautiful Country."
Lamborghini has been providing follow-me cars to Bologna airport for years, with this new car marking the seventh time it has renewed its contract. Previous vehicles used at the airport include a Huracan RWD, Huracan LP 580-2, and Aventador LP700-4. As for this car, it remains stock aside from the lights and livery, producing 631-horsepower and 413-lb-ft from its 5.2-liter V10.
But this renewal begs the question: What other airports deserve sweet follow-me cars? We should probably have some sort of Mustang, maybe even a Mach-E in Detroit. San Jose, California could use a Tesla Model S Plaid, and Bowling Green, Kentucky could have a Corvette from its home city.
At any rate, if you happen to be traveling through the Bologna airport, look for it cruising around the runways with a plane close behind. Maybe if we're lucky, Lamborghini might emulate Bugatti's recent race with a jet for our entertainment.