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Insurer to pay £300k for car repair

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An insurance firm is due to pay out £300,000 for repairs to a supercar wrecked during a test drive.

A professional driver took out the £528,000 Pagani Zonda S near Aberdeen last September.

The car, which can reach speeds of 220mph, hit a telegraph pole and smashed through a fence after spinning out of control on a narrow country road.

The Zonda has been sent to Modena in Italy for repair and the final bill is expected to be over £300,000, a spokesman for the car insurance provider said.

He added that this could be one of the highest ever pay-outs in the UK.

The spokesman said: "This is the biggest insurance pay-out we have had for repairs to a private car in the UK. This is out of the ordinary for an insurer.

"A representative was asked to inspect a badly-damaged supercar after the insurer's policy-holder, who had been test-driving the supercar, lost control on a narrow country road and collided side-on with a telegraph pole before careering through a fence."

The test driver of the car lodged the insurance claim and not the owner, the spokesman added.

The vehicle, made out of carbon fibre, titanium and aircraft aluminium, is expected to be back on the road by May.

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