Italian state police used a special Lamborghini to expedite the delivery of two kidneys for transplant patients hundreds of kilometers away.
The Polizia di Stato shared images of a Lamborghini Huracán loaded with the organs on Tuesday. The luxury sports car was equipped with a unique compartment for the medical refrigerator that carried the organs.
“Traveling on the highway to deliver the most beautiful Christmas gift: life,” the Polizia di Stato wrote on Facebook, according to an English translation. “Thanks to the special Santa Claus of the State Police, two people received a kidney.”
Police moved the organs from Padua, in northeastern Italy, to hospitals in Modena and then to Rome, according to The Guardian. The distance from Padua to Modena is about 105 miles, and Modena to Rome is another journey of 250 miles.
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The Lamborghini Huracán used for the delivery is a special model gifted to the Italian Highway Patrol in 2017. The vehicle was assigned to the Bologna Highway Patrol and is used for both normal police operations and urgent transport of blood and organs, according to a report. Lamborghini press release. Another Huracán has been used by the road patrol in Rome since 2015.
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“As with the standard model, the Huracán Polizia is equipped with a naturally aspirated V10 producing 610 hp, as well as four-wheel drive and a hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber chassis. These exceptional features ensure extreme performance and maximum stability . . . even at very high speeds,” according to the Italian automaker.
“The cabin of the Huracán Polizia has received the latest advances in high technology. The vehicle is equipped with an on-board system consisting of a tablet complemented by a computer, recording equipment and a video camera. These systems serve to to document police operations on the road,” the press release assures.
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In late 2020, Italian police used a Huracán model to transport a kidney more than 300 miles in about two hours, screaming down the highway at an average of 145 mph, according to The Drive.