One of the best racing cars of all time, the Lamborghini, started off as a tractor made with World War II military surplus. The Lambo Murcielago and the Diablo have strong agricultural DNA dating back to the 1951 farm tractor.
Realistically, a racing car is not going to be used every day, in fact it is most likely to be used only at night. That too, only when night races are underway in Colombo. At other times, however, the 630 horse power (6.5 litre V12) engine could be coupled to an electricity generator that could light up an entire town in rural Sri Lanka.
Attaching a plough to a Lambo is also not a problem either and the light-weight all-wheel drive sports car is a much better machine than the ultra-heavy Swaraj tractors already on the market. That is probably why purpose-built tractors have been slapped with an additional tax of about half a million rupees in the latest budget.
The sports car conversion to a multi-use machine can also create tremendous job opportunities for hotel staff who have no work when Colombo roads are closed for night races.Remnants of the Eelam War IV such as components from bombed armoured cars could also be used as after-market add-ons to give a true Sri Lankan touch to Italian race icons.
We always knew that Treasury Secretary was brilliant at making the annual budget, but this is sheer genius.
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