Neither driver nor cameraman come out of this well.

A cameraman came within inches of getting wiped out by a Lamborghini Aventador SV at a recent supercar event in Germany.

When the half-million dollar Aventador LP750-4 SV Roadster lined up for the drag strip - after not one, but two Bugatti Veyrons had raced - the driver was so focused on the lights that he didn’t notice a cameraman crossing the track right in front of him until they went green. Equally, the cameraman crossed the track ahead of the lights, and so didn’t see them change.

Fortunately, the Lambo driver had his wits about him, and started to steer around the errant pedestrian, while slamming his brakes on. None of which will have been easy in a car that fires off the line as violently as the Aventador SV does with launch control engaged. Still, I'm not sure can be completely absolved and blame. And startline officials certainly can't.

Disaster averted, the driver got back on the gas and disappeared into the distance, easily beating the Corvette Z06 he was up against.

It seems likely the cameraman was unfamiliar with the environment and simply didn’t consider the danger of crossing the track in front of the Aventador. The others surrounding the startline - including Youtuber cvdzijden who shot this video - are wise enough to stay well out of the firing line. No doubt the mistake was explained in no uncertain terms.

It’s also worth noting that this particular SV, which isn’t exactly quiet to begin with, sounds utterly glorious wailing through an aftermarket Akropovic exhaust. The source of the noise is a 6.5-liter, naturally aspirated V12, producing a staggering 750 horsepower (559 kilowatts), 50 hp (37 kW) more than standard. 110 pounds (50 kilograms) of mass have been stripped out, too, and the aero addenda generate 180 percent more downforce than the standard car. Lamborghini quotes a 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) time of a scant 2.8 seconds, and a top speed “somewhere in excess” of 217 mph (350 km/h).