Taxis are usually fairly uninspiring cars but that is about to change as a company has been granted the right to use a Lamborghini Huracan.
Special Wedding Cars already has a white 2005 Lamborghini Gallardo that can be used for special occasions, but now Wolverhampton City Council has granted a cab licence for a bright green Lamborghini Huracan.
That means it can be used for any journey, giving lucky taxi passengers a chance to be driven from A to B in a £196,000 supercar capable of more than 200mph – although expect to pay a pretty penny for the privilege.
The Wolverhampton-based company is owned by Heidi Warke and her sister-in-law Melissa Warke. Heidi said: “The Lamborghini is really something for the groom or best man. This is where we expect to get most custom from weddings and proms.”
She added: “But if anyone wanted to book it to the train station or wherever then that is fine – but there is a minimum charge of £349 per hour.”
Wolverhampton City Council believes this is the first supercar to be granted a private hire licence in the UK, with Audis and BMWs usually as good as it gets.
Head of governance at the council, Colin Parr, commented: “There are exemptions for weddings and funerals but for other activities where you have got a vehicle with a driver – what we call ‘hire for reward’ – there needs to be a licence.”
The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 has a 602bhp 5.2-litre V10 also seen in the new Audi R8. It is Lamborghini’s entry-level car and replaced the Gallardo. 0-62mph takes 3.2 seconds and the top speed is 202mph.
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