202mph Lamborghini given private hire vehicle licence by Wolverhampton council

Lamborghini PH vehicle| Wolverhampton Council

Supercar worth £200,000 given permission to operate as a private hire vehicle after a wedding car hire company made successful application

 

How many times have you seen a flashy vehicle turn up at a prom or special occasion and wondered: ‘I bet that’s not licensed!’ One of the main reasons for not licensing high-end vehicles is because the operator doesn’t want to jump through all the hoops required to become a private hire vehicle, or the council concerned is not flexible and won’t licence unusual vehicles.

Wolverhampton council appears to be taking a more proactive approach and has licensed not only a Rolls-Royce, but also a Lamborghini for use as private hire ‘minicabs’ in Wolverhampton.

The city council says it has become the first English local authority to license a Lamborghini for private hire. For £349 people can travel in the super-car for 90 minutes or, if they prefer, a Rolls-Royce. While the cars are aimed at those wanting to arrive in style to a wedding or prom, they can also be booked for a trip to the shops.

The bright neon green Lamborghini was bought for £196,000 by a Wolverhampton-based vehicle hire firm that specialises in wedding cars. The £200,000 Lamborghini has become one of the first supercars in the UK to be granted a taxi licence to drive people around the Black Country.

City of Wolverhampton Council says the Lamborghini Huracan is the first to be issued with a private hire cab licence.

With a 202mph top speed and a 0-60 of 3.2 seconds travellers will find it quite different from the archetypal Toyota Avensis with 350,000 miles on the clock.

City firm Special Wedding Cars has registered the luxury set of wheels with the council and it can be booked for any journey. The Lamborghini Huracan boasts a five-litre engine and a top speed in excess of 200mph.

 

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Wolverhampton City Council tweeted: “We’ve just licensed the first super car as a private hire cab in the UK.”

 

On its website Special Wedding Cars claims the Lamborghini Huracan “never fails to capture hearts and minds.”

The company said: “Taking its name from the Spanish for hurricane, the Lamborghini Huracan is a whirlwind of a super-car.”

The co owner of the company, Heidi Warke, said: “It all started when we took my cousin to her prom. “We thought about taking customers to their proms and after looking into it realised you had to have a licence.

“It now means people can hire the car for whatever they like – if they want to come home from shopping in it they can. Although I don’t think they will fit much in the boot!”

The 30-year-old runs the firm alongside her sister-in-law Melissa, 26. Heidi added: “We started the business in March and we hope people will now want to use the car for special occasions.”

“Replacing the 11-year-old Lamborghini Gallardo, the Huracan had much to live up to, and it does, with all the passion you would expect from the Italian manufacturer.

“The powerful V10 pushes the Huracan to an impressive 610 bhp at 8250 rpm taking you from standstill to 62 mph in a breath-taking 3.2 seconds.

“Hiring a Lamborghini Huracan with its lean angular looks and crisp sharp lines will enhance any special occasion.”

Special Wedding Cars offers a host of unusual vehicles, including London buses, Del Boy’s Reliant Regal and a VW Camper Van.

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