Insurers hit by £300,000 bill after Pagani test crash

Repairs on a Pagani Zonda that was crashed on a test drive near Aberdeen have cost the insurance company a whopping £300,000.

The 220mph supercar collided with a telegraph pole and then went through a fence on a test drive along a country lane last September. As a new Pagani Zonda costs in the region of £528,000, the insurers decided it was salvageable and sent it off to Modena in Italy, where the cars are made.

Aviva, the unlucky insurers involved, said: "This is the biggest insurance pay-out we have had for repairs to a private car in the UK."Part of the reason behind the decision to go to such lengths to repair the car is its rarity – just ten Zondas are made each year, and they are painstakingly constructed out of carbon fibre, titanium and aircraft aluminium.

The repair costs may be painful, but not as painful as the embarrassment the driver must have felt when the car was "careering" through the fence.
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