Italian cars have, not unfairly, developed a reputation for catching fire from time to time, despite sporadic incursions from the Germans. But when they're modified, you can't blame the brand.

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We're not even sure who's to blame here--the physics of an 1,800-plus-horsepower Gallardo seem like they'd require something to break occasionally, perhaps especially when pushing past 207 mph in less than half a mile.

Whatever the cause (an Underground Racing co-owner suggested it was a blown turbo), the result of the breakage was dramatic: voluminous flames trailing from the engine compartment at over 200 mph.

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Fortunately the Underground Racing-modified Gallardo was outfitted with a fire suppression system which immediately put the fire out, saving the car to be repaired and run again. Hopefully the next build will be even cooler.