This $200,000 Lamborghini is “the world’s fastest purpose-built camera car”

Apr 28, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Apr 28, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The Lamborghini “Huracam” is the creation of Incline Dynamic Outlet. Because a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracan isn’t excessive enough already, they decided to strap a $500,000 camera rig to it. They claim it’s the world’s fastest purpose-built camera car, and I don’t doubt it. IDO co-founders, Nathan Garofalos and Chris Fuelner spoke with Jalopnik recently to explain.

The company rents and operates stabilised camera systems for TV shows, commercials and movies. But we’re not just talking about a DJI Ronin here. They use GSS C516 rigs.

Nathan and Chris tell Jalopnik they were inspired to build the Huracam setup after working on Deadliest Catch for Discovery Channel.

Chris and I were up in Dutch Harbor shooting Deadliest Catch from a truck with one of the gimbals on it. And we’re on this island that the speed limit’s 30 MPH and it’s two miles long and, like, five roads. After a week, we just wanted to go fast.

Chris was like, ‘We should put the gimbal on the Huracan.’ One thing led to another, we started talking with our friends to figure out how could this be done, how could it be done safely, and what could we do to make the world’s fastest camera car.

– Nathan Garofalos

Although the Huracam currently uses an 8K RED Helium camera, they say it’s capable of taking any camera and lens setup that the client requests. And they’re able to zoom in all the way to 6,000mm and “read a license plate from a mile away, fully stable”. They say that the hard part wasn’t keeping the camera stable, but keeping the car’s performance as it should be while keeping control.

The Lamborghini Huracan is a mid-engine vehicle. This means what would typically be under the hood (the engine) resides behind the driver & passenger seats, leaving the hood empty. This gives them the space to mount the camera securely at the front of the car.

According to the Lamborghini website, the Huracan Performante has an acceleration time of 0-100km/h (0-62mph) of a mere 2.9 seconds, and 0-200km/h (0-120mph) of 8.9 seconds, with a top speed of 325km/h (201mph). How well it performs with the extra weight of the gimbal and camera they haven’t said, but I’ll bet it beats that truck they used on Deadliest Catch.

It’s the kind of vehicle rig that the rest of us can only dream about. There doesn’t appear to have been any footage released shot with it yet, but I’ll be looking forward to seeing that when it’s public.

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[via Jalopnik]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “This $200,000 Lamborghini is “the world’s fastest purpose-built camera car””

  1. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    You were looking for s replacement for you Audi weren’t you Paul ?

  2. Andy Talbot Avatar
    Andy Talbot

    I think you need one of these for the next Gumball.

  3. Curtis Boggs Avatar
    Curtis Boggs

    yep, know that build. Crazy stuff. Steve Barnett we need to get together!!!!!