I stumbled across a decent bit of TV last night, hidden amongst all the usual festive dross: Megafactories. It’s one of those programmes you have to wander all the way into the five-hundreds on your Skybox for, to the National Geographic channel.
Last night it was an hour-long special on Lamborghini, following a Murcielago SV going all the way through the production process. And although much of the show was predictable, bits of it were really great.
It takes more than a week to screw together a Murcielago, apparently. They’re still painted by hand, and the same bloke paints the exterior of every panel because that’s the only way to ensure a consistent finish.
The show documented every stage of the build. You saw upholsterers gluing and fitting pieces of machine cut leather and alcantara to dashboards and roof panels; technicians attaching the chassis, marrying the engine and gearbox into the car, fitting the wiring loom and checking all the electronics.