You know what they say, desperate times call for some cool as hell measures. When a kidney needed to be transported from Rome to Padua, a journey of around 300 miles, police stepped up for the life-saving task. When it comes to organ transplants, time is of the utmost importance both for the recipient and the organ itself. While many organs are transported by air, in 2017, Italian police acquired an even cooler (literally, the thing has a refrigerated frunk) way to transport life-saving organs – a Lamborghini Huracan.
Though the Italian Highway Patrol’s sweetest ride generally functions as a patrol vehicle, because of its wide range of features, it’s occasionally used for special missions. The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 is painted light blue like the rest of the Highway Patrol’s vehicles and is equipped with a police radio, laptop, gun holsters, and of course, the refrigerated frunk.
One semi-important thing this police vehicle is missing is a back seat, so if you’re taken back to the station, you’ll have to ride shotgun (which really doesn’t feel like a punishment, but we’ll take their word for it). Earlier this month, the Italian State Police put their most prized vehicle to the ultimate test during the 300-mile kidney-delivery mission, and boy did that baby deliver.
303 miles and just over two hours later, the kidney safely arrived at the Gemelli University Hospital in the northern city of Padua. On average, the police absolutely blazed through Italy at 145 mph. For the sake of comparison, if you were to make the trip in a normal car following normal road rules, the trip would have taken around five hours.
The Italian Police Force thanked their supercar on Twitter and shared a video of that bad boy (or, uh, very good boy I guess) in action. The caption read, “Thanks to ours @Lamborghini Huracan delivered a donor kidney for transplant to a person in time. ‘To save a life you don’t need superpowers,’ solidarity, technology and efficiency also help.”
Grazie alla nostra @Lamborghini Huracan abbiamo trasportato in tempo il rene di un donatore per il trapianto a una persona
“Per salvare una vita non servono superpoteri” anche solidarietà, tecnologia ed efficienza aiutano @CNTrapianti @MinisteroSalute #essercisempre#5novembre pic.twitter.com/teUxqbMgvW
— Polizia di Stato (@poliziadistato) November 5, 2020
Hopefully, the recipient of the kidney is recovering well thanks to the quick action of the Italian Police Force and their donor. As if receiving a much-needed organ isn’t enough to be grateful for, they now have one cool-as-heck story to go with it.