A Lamborghini Huracan Spyder has been captured on camera attempting to traverse rising flood waters in Florida amid a tropical storm.
The owner of the yellow Huracan, which is priced from $429,000 before on-road costs in Australia, wasn't quite prepared to find themselves caught in a torrential downpour while on the road in Miami during the Tropical Storm Eta.
Rather than trying to pull off the road, the driver decided to plough on – causing water to surge up and over the car's bonnet.
Thankfully, the car's rear air intakes appear to have remained above the water line (at least, according to the brief footage) and it's possible the Huracan's mid-engined setup may have protected it from more extensive damage.
The soft-top Huracan Spyder is powered by a 5.2-litre V10 engine and has a top speed of 324km/h, but the driver of this one wisely decided to take things a little slower.
Video of the incident has been viewed more than 310,000 times on Twitter and played on local television news stations – even drawing comparisons to the famous Lotus Esprit submarine from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved me.
Lotus did it first. pic.twitter.com/rJuWdEYU2R— AndoSuperPantalones ??♂️? (@AndoSuperPants) November 9, 2020
For those who fear they'll encounter a similar situation during Australia's wetter seasons, motoring commentator and advanced driving instructor Steve Pizzati says there are a few simple rules for motorists navigating extremely wet roads.
"If you have a four-wheel drive that has a designated wading depth, the first rule is to stop, get out and actually check the depth," Mr Pizzati tells CarAdvice.
"It may seem okay but often it's too deep."
Additionally, for those in regular passenger cars, attempting any kind of water crossing is a huge risk and is not advised.
"With a normal passenger car, they don't have a wading depth because they just can't handle it and you don't need more water on a road for a car to start aquaplaning," Mr Pizzati explains.
"People forget grooves on tyres are not for grip, they're there for wet weather and there's only so much water they can displace at a given speed. What might not be a problem at one depth can quickly become a problem within a matter of millimetres."
As such, it's best to attempt to back out of the water where possible and, when in doubt, get out.
"If you're not sure, don't," says Mr Pizzati. "It's not worth the risk. Most insurers won't cover you if they found you drove in knowingly.
"If you do get to that point – obviously the number one issue is the fact the car can float away, so you've just go to stop, hope the water subsides and doesn't get in the engine.
"It's a bigger issue if the engine is running – there's less chance you'll hydraulically lock the engine if it's off. So if it's getting deeper and deeper, back it out, or stop, switch it off and get out and call a tow truck."
As for his message to the ill-fated Huracan driver? "You've got a sports car designed to be as low as possible to the round... it's essentially the anti-four-wheel drive – why would you risk it?" Mr Pizzati says.
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