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Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley and other luxury cars sleeping with the fish after the sinking



The highly publicized sinking of the cargo ship Felicity Ace last month has received renewed attention following the identification of just under 4,000 vehicles currently residing on the seabed of the Atlantic Ocean.

Bound for the United States carrying mainly Volkswagen Group vehicles, including a number of Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae, a fire, the origin of which remains unknown, broke out in the cargo hold six days after it left Germany for destination of Davisville in the US state of Rhode Island. .

While all 22 of the ship’s crew were rescued, the ensuing fire, aided by a number of vehicles fitted with lithium-ion batteries, left little hope of any being recovered. as the boat continued to float off the Portuguese coast near the Azores. .

According to New York Times, the badly damaged 60-tonne Ace finally sank on March 1, taking with it not only the mentioned Aventadors, the last non-electrically-powered Lamborghini V12s the Raging Bull will make, but also an alleged 1,000 Porsches and some 200 Bentleys.

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The estimated damage, according to a report by Bloomberg shortly after the sinking was rumored to be worth $438 million, with $401 million attributed to the confirmed later 3,965 vehicles on board.

In an interview with Automotive News Europe days after the incident, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that all Ultimae, which made up 15 of 85 Lamborghinis, would be replaced, with a reported solution being discussed by Volkswagen itself on how to replace the landed vehicles 3000 meters below. the surface of the ocean.

Although the exact number of vehicles is known, Top Gear Netherlands has now officially broken down the examples by model based on the somehow obtained document that confirmed not only Volkswagen Group vehicles but other brands as well.

Besides the confirmed 590 Porsches, 165 Bentleys and 572 Audis, the ship also carried a rare 1996 Honda Prelude SiR which would have been the 65and fifth and final generation model, an even rarer Land Rover from 1977 manufactured under license by the Spanish brand Santana, 12 Fendt tractors and a single MAN truck.

Three Seat Atecas, 47 Volkswagen Caddys, a single Nissan Versa Note and a Mini Countryman would probably have been packed in a wooden crate.

The full list is as follows:

  • Audi A5 Convertible – 84
  • Audi A5 Coupe – 43
  • Audi A5 Sportback – 147
  • Audi e-tron – 121
  • Aud e-tron GT – 1
  • Audi Q2-1
  • Audi Q3-297
  • Audi Q3 Sportback – 144
  • Audi TT Coupe – 7
  • Audi TT Roadster – 1
  • Bentley Bentayga – 77
  • Bentley Continental GT-38
  • Bentley Continental GTC-50
  • Bentley Flying Spur – 25
  • 2007BMW 750iL-1
  • Fendt tractors – 12
  • Ford Mustang 2015 – 1
  • 1996 Honda Prelude SiR – 1
  • Kia Soul 2014 – 1
  • Lamborghini Aventador – 15
  • Lamborghini Huracan – 20
  • Lamborghini Urus-50
  • 1977 Santana Land Rover – 1
  • MAN TGM truck – 1
  • Mini countryman 2019 – 1
  • Nissan Versa Note 2018 – 1
  • Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0-1
  • Porsche Cayenne 2015 – 1
  • Porsche Cayenne, Macan, Panamera – 30
  • Porsche-558
  • Ateca seat – 3
  • Volkswagen Caddy – 47
  • Volkswagen Golf – 199
  • Volkswagen ID.4 – 159
  • Volkswagen Jetta 2017 – 1
  • Volkswagen Taigo – 1
  • Volkswagen Transporter T6-116