Top Gear Host Trashes Lamborghini Diablo

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The Diablo was being filmed for a new series of Top Gear alongside a Ferrari F40 and Jaguar XJ220.

Filming recently resumed for the new series of Top Gear, but it wasn't without incident. While filming a feature starring iconic 1980s and 1990s supercars on some country roads in North Yorkshire, UK, host Paddy McGuiness lost control of a 1990 Lamborghini Diablo and crashed into a field. Luckily, McGuiness was unhurt, but the same can't be said for the Diablo. Photos taken from the scene show the Diablo veered off the road into a field and smashed through a fence, causing damage to the front and rear bumpers. While it won't be cheap to repair, the 1990s supercar should still be salvageable.

Paddy's co-hosts Chris Harris and Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff were also seen driving a Ferrari F40 and Jaguar XJ220. Eyewitnesses say the weather was dry, but sections of the road were still wet from a recent rainstorm - not ideal conditions for an analog RWD supercar with no electronic driving aids, traction control, no stability control, or ABS, to say the least.
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"During Top Gear filming in North Yorkshire today presenter Paddy McGuinness's car skidded and left the road, coming to an almost immediate stop," a BBC spokesperson announced.

"Paddy was quickly taken to the production unit base for medical checks and is unhurt. No other vehicles were involved and the Police, who had been monitoring filming, were quickly on the scene to assist. Safety on Top Gear is always the production team's priority and the vehicle's speed at the time was within the road's limit of 60 mph."

"I finally got to drive one of my fantasy childhood cars, the Lamborghini Diablo, but it turns out 30-year-old supercars don't like torrential rain. Who'd have thought?" Paddy joked on Instagram.
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"If you've ever owned a Diablo or you've driven one, you'll know just as well as me: oh my God, she can be a cruel mistress, she can be a cruel mistress, that one. That V12 lures you in and suddenly, 'rawr', it bites you. I'm totally fine. Fingers crossed, we get the car running again because it is an absolute beauty."

We'll probably get to see exactly what happened when the next series of Top Gear airs later this year. Turns out Richard Hammond, who famously crashed a Rimac C_Two electric supercar while filming for The Grand Tour, isn't the only accident-prone car host. In recent episodes of Top Gear, Flintoff also rolled over a modified hearse based on a Jaguar XJ, and Chris Harris escaped a burning Alpine A110.
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