Don't touch the Lamborghini
The Museo de Lamborghini was truly a life changing experience. As someone who works in operations at a car dealership, I find the information and vehicles there fascinating. When we first arrived, we walked into a hallway that, at the end, had an early model sports car and this is the moment I knew I was going to be changed forever. Inside the first floor is only half of the museum. On this floor were vehicles staged starting from 1963, when the company was founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini, all the way up to just last year where they had an 2018 Hurricane GT3 staged. As a vehicle condition assessor, I was inclined to feel the paintwork and truly get to feel the vehicles. However, I was told immediately that we were not to touch the cars. Now following the rules, I am looking at paintwork and stitching with solely my eyes. Then, on the passenger side fender (or air intake, for this vehicle), was damage. I was so taken back that this. Such an expensive vehicle, especially on display, should not have damage marks anywhere. Shortly following my discovery, it was time for the factory tour. I knew this was where I would be able to see the true work that gets put into these handmade vehicles. We walk in, and the first thing I see is a carbon fiber frame to my right, and the assembly line on my left. I knew I was home. Looking at this frame I saw welds that look exactly like the welds that normal, regularly priced vehicles have. I almost expected each weld to have its own logo printed inside. While our tour guide was explaining the overall process of their plant, it was time for the vehicles to move on to the next stage of their process. This means that a brand new, straight off the line, Lamborghini was about to crank up and roll directly in front of us. My life, at this point, has been made. I’m not sure what could top this experience, but we must continue on with our tour. We got to look at how the stitching is done for the seats and inside the dash next. Following that was the end of the assembly line once again, however this time around we figured out that they test drive each vehicle 150 km at the top speed of 200 kph, on the public road! What! Isn’t that illegal? So crazy. I’ll keep the end of this story short as it is anti climactic (considering this does not end with me driving a Lamborghini). I did a simulator in virtual reality that turns out wasn’t all it was really cracked up to be. But that’s okay. Anyways, this was the best experience of my life ever.