- Located only about 16 miles from Lamborghini's legendary Sant'Agata Bolognese headquarters, the Bologna airport has deployed a Huracán Evo as a "follow me" vehicle.
- A "follow me" car does pretty much what its name suggests: it shows the way to aircraft making tricky maneuvers on the ground.
- This isn't the first or only imaginative use of one of the supercars. The Italian state police got their own Huracán LP610-4 several years ago.
Airports offer the chance to see many weird and wonderful specialist vehicles, but rarely the chance to spot a supercar. But visitors to the Bologna airport in Italy are going to have the chance of spotting a very unusual "follow me" car in the form of a 631-hp Lamborghini Huracán Evo.
Painted in Verde Turbine matte green with high-visibility orange graphics, and wearing the orange beacon lights and communication radio that all vehicles need to operate "airside," the Huracán Evo will help shepherd aircraft around Bologna's Gugliemo Marconi Airport, which is just 16 miles from Lamborghini's factory at Sant'Agata Bolognese. The airport is one of the busiest in northern Italy, regularly handling more than eight million passengers a year prior to the COVID pandemic.
Lamborghini has a long-term relationship with the airport, having previously supplied both an Aventador and a regular Huracán in a bright-yellow livery for similar duties. The Evo's additional performance and 202-mph capability is unlikely to be tested during its official duties; aircraft are generally restricted to just 30 km/h (18.6 mph) while taxiing. But we wouldn't be surprised if airport staff were to use quieter times to experience more of the Lamborghini's mighty performance. It will certainly be more thrilling to drive than a baggage tug.
The role of "follow me" cars is exactly as the name suggests: being deployed to help guide taxiing aircraft through complex or unusual maneuvers while on the ground, typically those that don't use the conventional taxiways or that take planes to less-used parts of the site. They are also sometimes used for transporting staff, short notice cargo, or even VIPs. While utility-grade cars or trucks are usually used for such duties, Lamborghini isn't the only performance-car maker to have supplied them: Hannover airport in Germany previously used a Porsche Cayman S wearing yellow and black checkers.
There is also at least one police Huracán patrolling Italy’s highways, with an example wearing blue and white Polizia livery being operated out of Rome for both high-speed pursuit and donor-organ transport duties. That one will get to stretch its legs more than this airport one.