Have you ever considered renting a supercar like a Lamborghini Urus? Companies make it easy these days. Fill out a form online, pay $1,000, and drive away in your new Lambo. However, there are some hidden dangers of allowing random people to drive off in a high-powered car like a Lamborghini.
The Lamborghini Urus crash that killed three
The crash happened back in January but generally went unnoticed until this month. The Miami Herald reported that three tourists from New Jersey were driving around in the recently rented 2019 Lamborghini Urus. During Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, people were out and about for the first time in a while.
According to police, the Lamborghini SUV traveled down East 10th Avenue just before 2:00 AM. The video shows the Urus took out a tree with ease just before slamming into a pillar at over 100 mph. Since it was late at night, there weren’t many other cars on the road at the time. However, there could have just as easily been other victims if this had been at a different time of night.
Toxicology reports show the driver of the Lamborghini Urus was intoxicated
The Herald reports that the driver was intoxicated from alcohol and painkillers, according to toxicology reports. He and both passengers died in the wreck. The driver was a father of two. The passengers were a 26-year-old man also from New Jersey and a 27-year-old woman from Georgia. Both died instantly.
According to the toxicology report from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office, tests indicated the driver had “bodily fluid alcohol content levels of .10 and .12.” In Florida, the legal level of impairment is 0.08. Tests also showed that he had taken oxycodone at some point before the crash.
You can see from the video above that there was nothing much the driver or passengers could have done. Though the start of the crash is off-screen, the Urus plows through a tree and burst into flames as it disintigrates.
The issue of renting supercars
The 2019 Lamborghini Urus costs over $200,000 when brand new. In Miami, you can rent one of these luxury SUVs fairly easily. For $1,000 to $1,200 a day, the Urus can be yours to showboat all over town. The Urus has a top speed of around 180 mph and a V8 making more than 600 hp.
In the wrong hands, it makes sense this vehicle would lead to a terrible accident. When renting one of these cars, there’s essentially no background check of any kind.
On the Airbnb of cars, Turo, you can rent this exact 2019 Urus for $1,080 a day. The owner might offer liability insurance, but not always. Drivers must be 21 to rent the car and must have proof of insurance, plus a license.
This specific listing requires a $2,000 deposit for U.S. citizens, while a $5,000 deposit is required for those traveling internationally. A credit card in the driver’s name is needed. That’s all. You can get your rented Urus delivered to the hotel and be on your way to flex on South Beach. Will crashes like this cause more regulation on renting supercars out to strangers? That’s unlikely for now.