TWO McLaren employees managed to avoid disaster when the £1.75million McLaren supercar they were in started to smoke at a petrol station.
Fire crews rushed to the BP garage near Guildford, Surrey to contain the smoke that broke out while the prototype was on a test drive on Thursday.
Smoke started billowing out of the vehicle when it stopped at a Guildford petrol station[/caption]
Luckily, the driver moved it away from the petrol pumps in time to avoid catastrophe and the incident was quickly brought under control.
An eyewitness said: “It was a bit of drama with the petrol station closing the pumps.
“The two owners pushing the car away from the pump and then putting it out with fire extinguishers and a fire crew attending.”
McLaren is investigating the cause but they suspect it was the result of an electrical fault.
The McLaren Speedtail, which is capable of doing 0-186mph in just 12.8 seconds, is due to be released next year.
It has already sold out ahead of its release, with reservations taken for each of the limited 106 models designated for production.
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Roger Ormisher, head of global and North American communications for McLaren, said: “A prototype version of the McLaren Speedtail experienced what we believe at this stage to be an electrical fault, whilst stationary at a fuel station near Guildford in Surrey, UK.
“As a precautionary measure, having seen a small amount of smoke emanating from the vehicle, McLaren employees moved the car away from the fuel pumps and discharged dry powder extinguishers over the rear of the car.
“The prototype was subsequently recovered to McLaren premises.
“Nobody was injured as a result of this incident and investigations into the cause of the issue have commenced.”