As you would expect for a Lamborghini Murcielago that's done 260,000 miles, the running costs are astronomical.
High running costs, a lack of comfort, and the confines of city streets mean that supercars aren't always suitable for everyday driving, which is why many owners stash them away to use on special occasions. We can't imagine the first-generation Lamborghini Murcielago being a particularly practical car to drive every day, for example – it's lower, wider and longer than most city cars, for a start. The owner of this Murcielago, however, clocked up 260,000 miles in the Italian supercar - and as you would expect, the running costs were astronomical.
Car and Driver recently got to test drive the high-mileage Murci, which has the honor of being the highest mileage Lamborghini in the world. It belongs to UK owner Simon George, who runs a supercar rental company called 6th Gear Experience. In 2004, George was so fixated with owning a Lamborghini Murcielago, he took out a mortgage against his entire portfolio of properties to raise the funds to buy one. To make a return on the risky investment, George rented the exotic to a supercar experience company, before he founded 6th Gear Experience. For five years, the Murcielago had a harder life than your average supercar, doing 90 track days a year driven by dozens of drivers in each event.
George also used it as his daily driver traveling between events, clocking up 600 miles a week. As you can imagine, the running costs soon mounted up. On a gentle cruise, fuel economy for the Murcielago peaked at 13 mpg. If that wasn't already impressive, the Murci eats as many as 14 sets of tires every year which cost $1150 each, and demanded new brake pads almost every time. Brake rotors also need to be replaced every 20,000 miles which cost $1,300, and the Murcielago is also on its eighth clutch which are expensive to replace as it requires removing the engine from the car to fit. Ultimately, it wasn't just high running costs that made the Murcielago a wallet-crunching investment.
During a driving event in 2012, a customer smacked the exotic head-on into a tree. No-one was hurt, luckily, but it took four years and $115,000 to repair the car and get it back on the road. Since owning the Lambo in 2004, George estimates that he's spent $162,000 on fuel, $94,400 on 84 sets of tires, $64,000 on servicing, $19,000 on insurance and $25,000 on everything else including road tax. That makes a grand total of $482,400 for the privilege of owning this Lamborghini Murcielago. The things we do to satisfy our love for cars.