The Taiwanese government has just made a strong statement that it would not tolerate traffic violations in the country even if it involves one of the most expensive cars in the world.
On December 15, the Taiwan government has ordered the shredding to pieces of a £280,000 Lamborghini Murcielago in full public view, which was impounded back in 2013 because the owner was caught driving with a fake license plate, reports The Sun of UK.
The government also found out that the very expensive racecar was illegally imported to the country by its owner, who tried to do all legal means necessary to save his Lamborghini Murcielago.
A shocking video footage of how the Lamborghini Murcielago was being destroyed by a mechanical claw was released online and it had become viral on YouTube and many social media sites.
The car was obliterated and got completely mangled beyond recognition in just three minutes of pounding from the mechanical claw.
Onlookers of all ages, including young children, gathered around to watch the spectacle unfold as the matte-black Lamborghini Murcielago took a good beating and smacked down real hard.
A three-year legal battle
The destruction of the Lamborghini Murcielago ends a three-year legal battle to save it after the owner was stopped in 2013 in accordance with Taiwanese traffic laws.
The supercar was impounded when its owner, who happens to be an airline pilot, was stopped at a checkpoint after police officers noticed it had a fake number plate.
Its owner was pulled over back at a routine police checkpoint by officers. the supercar was found to have the registration plate of an £18,000 Ford Sedan. The Taiwanese authorities decided to completely destroy it to avoid illegal parts being sold, reports Flyheight.
Despite a series of appeals, the devastated owner has been unable to halt the destruction of his luxury sportscar.
Ironically the Lamborghini Murcielago takes its name from a famous fighting bull which survived being stabbed with a sword 24 times.
Italian manufacturer Lamborghini, which regularly takes its creations’ names from bullfighting, built just 4,099 Murcielagos, ending its run in 2010. Now it’s clear that there would be one less Murcielagos in the world after the decimation of one in Taiwan.
Very painful to watch
Car fanatics and enthusiasts all over the world have shared their pain at watching the high-spec vehicle being ripped apart.
Motorist Frank Strallent posted on Twitter that it was so hard to watch the entire video because of the value of the car being shredded into pieces.
One motoring enthusiast also said that he does not see the point with the destruction of a very expensive supercar because the Taiwanese government would be better off in selling the car and putting the money to a decent cause. He also cited the entire destruction as a gross waste of resource and lack of thought on the part of the Taiwanese government.
The Lamborghini Murciélago is thought to be a custom LP 670–4 SuperVeloce. It is a supercar produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini between 2001 and 2010.
The successor to the Lamborghini Diablo and flagship of the automaker’s lineup, the Lamborghini was introduced as a coupé in 2001.
The Murcielago was first available in North America for the 2002 model year. The automaker’s first new design in 11 years, the car was also the brand’s first new model under the ownership of German parent company Audi, which is owned by Volkswagen.
The supercar was styled by Peruvian-born Belgian Luc Donckerwolke, Lamborghini’s head of design from 1998 to 2005.
A roadster version was introduced in 2004, followed by the updated LP 640 coupé and roadster and limited edition LP 650–4 Roadster. The final variation to wear the Murcielago nameplate was the LP 670–4 SuperVeloce, powered by the largest and final evolution of the Lamborghini V12 engine
Production of the Murciélago ended on November 5, 2010, with a total run of 4,099 cars. Its successor, the Lamborghini Aventador, was released at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.