Some 4,000 cars were lost on sunken vessel, all crew safe
Lamborghini confirms 15 Aventador Ultimae were on board
Some seriously rare cars were lost when the Felicity Ace caught fire in the Atlantic and then sunk below the surface of the icy waters. Now Volkswagen’s premium brands have said that they will rebuild, and get people into replacement versions of their cars, but it might take some time.
Among the cars lost to the sea were 15 copies of the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae, Automotive News Europe reports. That was the half-million-dollar hand-crafted send-off to the Aventador, and the model has since ceased production.
“We put our heads together, and luckily, we are able to replace those cars, so there will be no loss for our customers in the U.S. due to the sunken ship. This is good news,” CEO Stephan Winkelmann said. “And all the rest [around 70 Urus models] we are able to replace. The Aventador was tricky, but we made it.”
Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark told ANE that they had already found a solution to replace more than half of the 189 pre-sold Bentleys that were on board. The remainder should be replaced in about six months. “We’ve promised those customers, and we’re doing some clever things with dealers to keep [those customers] mobile, which I won’t talk about,” said Hallmark.
The 1,800 Audis will also be replaced, but it is not believed that any of those were particularly rare, making it a matter of time instead of restarting a production line.
No word on the Porsche models lost, though those vehicles are also expected to be remade.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is further slowing the rebuild. Audi CEO Markus Duesmann said that the automaker has lost much of its wire harness production, which was done in Ukraine. The group is working to produce more harnesses in other countries