A Lamborghini Reventón has narrowly missed beating a Tornado A-200A aircraft in a race down the 3000-metre runway at Ghedi military airport near Brescia in Italy.
The Reventón, which was displayed for the first time at this year's Frankfurt Show (see separate story), is based on the Muricelago LP640. It costs €1 million and only twenty are being built, all of which have already been sold - just one of them to a UK customer.
If the race had been shorter, the Reventón might have won it. It built up a good lead in the early stages, but was caught near the end; the Tornado flew over it near the finish line, by which time the car had reached a reported speed of over 210mph.
The Reventón has also impressed people even when it has been standing still. An international panel of judges led by Italian art critic Bruno Alfieri has named it as the World's Most Beautiful Automobile of 2007 in the Special Models category.