The NissanDeltaWing will race as a classified car in the 2013 ALMS, but a hiccup at the Petit Le Mans endurance race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga, almost nipped those plans in the bud.
Despite scoring a very impressive time - it was only 4/10ths of a second slower than the fastest P2 car in sixth place on the time-sheet - the DeltaWing was struck violently in the left rear wheel by a Porsche GTC class car. The car scraped down the road on its side and then rolled over before suffering a heavy impact with the wall and landing back on its wheels. The impact was measured at 7Gs on the team’s telemetry system, but luckily, driver Gunnar Jeannette was not injured thanks to the car’s carbon-fiber survival-cell.
The DeltaWing suffered serious damages first from the Porsche’s hit, then from the rollover and wall hit. The good news is that, in less than 24 hours, the Nissan DeltaWing team managed to repair the car and it is now ready for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans event - the final round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series..
Ten years ago, seeing a Ferrari in China was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but with its economy being one of the few thriving in the world and its people slowly climbing the world’s income ladder, it is becoming far more common. Along with the Ferraris on the road come more smashed up Ferraris on the shoulder of the road. Enter in the latest crash on the Baomao Expressway and you have one of the more extreme ones that we have seen in a while.
It’s not the number of cars or the cumulative amount of automotive damage caused, but rather the fact the Ferrari California and 458 Italia hit each other so hard that it ripped the California’s 453-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-8 engine – we assume it’s the California’s because the rear end of the Italia is intact – along with half of the drivetrain, right out of the car. Now, we are not too sure of the exact timeline and details of the crash, but it is apparent that the California and Italia hit each other at extremely high speeds. Scary stuff…
We don’t know anything about injuries, so we can’t comment on that. We simply hope everyone made it out alive. We can all assume that both Ferraris are too far gone to recover and are set to meet their final resting place in a scrapyard somewhere in China.
We’ll pass along more information, if it becomes available.
As we all expect, Mercedes has been hard at work testing out its upcoming SLS AMG Black Series, making sure its 600-plus-horsepower engine, upgraded suspension, and brakes are up to the task of daily use and high speeds. One place that every supercar needs to test at is the Nürburgring. Well, with the Nürburgring comes some of the most spectacular wrecks ever.
This time around, the SLS Black Series prototype got the short end of the `Ring’s stick, as it was smashed up in a wreck on the Dӧttinger Hӧhe section of the track – one of the fastest sections – and went up in flames. Fortunately, the engineers in the car were unharmed, proving that Mercedes put some serious work into the SLS’s safety devices and that the `Ring has some fast safety crews.
Before everyone gets up in arms about a Benz burning, don’t get too worried, as a wreck of this nature is bound to cause some flames and likely has nothing to do with the quality of the prototype. It is rather unfortunate to see such an expensive piece of experimental metal and carbon fiber go up in smoke, but we are willing to bet that Mercedes has a few more of these in the stable and the funds to build a new one, if needed.
What’s even cooler is that we actually got our hands on a few spy shots of the aftermath from this wreck. On top of the carnage, you also get a good look at this upcoming model with most of its camo… well, burned off…
The Nürburgring, we’re sure, has seen plenty of animal casualties throughout its life span. Many of deer, squirrels, rabbits, and other fauna have likely tried their luck crossing it, only to be met by the front splitter of many supercars.
This time around we get to see a little bit different of an animal meet a high-speed vehicle, as an eagle of some sort – hopefully not bald – decided to soar into the flight pattern of a Nissan GT-R as it circled the `Ring. The predatory bird smacked the top passenger side of the windshield while the GT-R was going roughly 140 mph and flew right over the top of the car.
The thud alone is telling of exactly how hard the bird hit and the damage to the glass in the pictures shows you that the bird was likely not in great shape after this battle with Godzilla. “Ouch” is an understatement for this one.
Now somehow LiLo managed to get her incompetent driving behind into the driver’s seat of yet another Porsche, which she is not allowed to drive regardless, and decided to play bumper cars with a pedestrian. This time her weapon of choice was a Porsche Cayenne and her victim was a young man standing outside of the Dream Hotel in New York.
Fortunately, she hit the guy at a low speed according to the report and the guy is recovering in a hospital. Lindsay did pull off a big no-no following the accident, as after someone checked out the damage on the car, she simply pulled away, getting herself a misdemeanor leaving-the-scene ticket. From the updated report, the surveillance camera at the hotel shows that the "victim" of the accident really seemed to embellish it, so chances were she may not have even hit him. There is an investigation underway.
Regardless of if she hit him or not, how many Porsches is she going to go through before she finally learns that No. 1 she can’t drive, No. 2 she’s rich enough not to need to drive, and No. 3 she needs to hire a freaking driver!
Fortunately in the latter two accidents neither any people nor any Porsche’s were seriously injured.
For the most part, car accidents go unnoticed as we peruse the news from the weekend. However, when a super-rare supercar gets its smash-up on, we tend to pay a little more attention. A 1-in-1,315 Ferrari F40 nearly having its backside taken off is one wreck that garners plenty of our attention.
This accident, which took place in Vancouver, involves a 1988 through 1992 Ferrari F40, which is valued from as low as $44,700 for a 1988 model in fair condition to $699,600 for a 1989 through 1992 model in great shape, per NADA. It is likely closer to the latter than the former, considering the shape it is in forward of the unexpected body modification its driver performed.
From the looks of it, the 429-horsepower, or so, F40 lost control on the wet pavement and clipped something big and hard. The details are a little sketchy, but the consensus agrees that it was a telephone pole. Fortunately, the driver and passenger only suffered minor injuries and are doing just fine.
Now that we know the people in the car are okay, we need to start focusing on if the number of F40s in the world will drop to 1,314, or if this one manages to be salvaged. If this one manages to survive this ordeal, we can assure you that its worth will decrease significantly due to this little fender bender.
We’ll keep an eye out to see if any more news comes out on the car’s condition.
An heir to the Red Bull fortune, left behind when its co-creator died in march, was arrested on charges stemming from a hit-and-run death of a police officer in Bangkok. According to the reports, Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the grandson of Red Bull’s co-creator, was arrested for striking a police officer on a motorcycle, while driving his Ferrari FF. He dragged the officer for several meters, before fleeing the scene.
The officer died from his injuries and, initially, a fake suspect was arrested in an attempt by other officers to cover up the crime. After an investigation by higher-ranking officials and a trail of oil leading straight to Yoovidhya’s home and his wrecked Ferrari, the 27-year-old heir was arrested.
He was later released on $15,000 bail and is now roaming the streets again. Yoovidhya claims innocence and that the officer pulled in front of him, causing the accident, but he still faces up to 10 years in prison for “causing a death by driving” and leaving the scene of a crime. Yes, in some Asian countries, causing a death while driving is a crime, regardless of fault, unless there is undeniable evidence of innocence.
An interesting note is that the same family is the sole importer of Ferrari cars in Thailand, so there is no wonder he was whipping a $295,000 Ferrari FF, which likely costs much more in Thailand.
Will.i.am has again made it onto our radar. This time, however, it’s not for another disastrous customization that he pawns off as a “new model” in his supposed “car company.” This time around, Will.i.am slammed a Cadillac worth ₤100,000 ($157,830 at current exchange rates) into a parked car.
The first thing we are trying to figure out is what Cadillac Will.i.am has that costs ₤100,000. The most expensive Caddy available in the U.K. now is the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, and that only runs about ₤85,000, including the VAT. The only other car we can come up with is an older XLR-V, which is the likely culprit.
Fortunately, the pop star escaped the accident with only a bloody nose and whiplash, as did his passenger, Cheryl Cole. The crash took place at about 3:30 am, following a recording session, and the details are still rather sketchy. We’re not too sure what exactly cause the wreck, but we are upset to learn that the parked car was not his “I.am Auto Concept car (AKA a thoroughly thrashed and trashed Delorean).
According to the report, only I.am’s air bag inflated and Cole hit something slightly less forgiving than the air bag – the dashboard. We’ll keep an eye out fir a cause if the accident here, but it’s doubtful that we will hear one.
The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 not only costs a medium-sized fortune, it also pumps 631 ponies from its 6.5-liter V-12 engine. That really should give you the confidence to not need to race anyone, as you would beat three-quarters of the cars on the road anyhow, especially a compact import econobox.
So when a “Toyota-type passenger car” pulls along side your $400K+ car and starts revving his little 4- or 6-banger, you should just look, smile, and carry on as normal. Apparently, a Michigan man didn’t get this memo, as he chose to allegedly fly down the highway with said Toyota-type car trailing – you do the math; sounds like a race to us – and proceeded to wreck his beautiful Murcielago.
This wasn’t just some little “oopsy” fender bender either. He put his pricey Lambo straight into a line of trees at a very high speed. On top of that, the car then turned into a very expensive ball of flames, leaving the Lambo a charred and melted mess. Fortunately, the driver got out of the car safely and only suffered a bump on the head and a huge bump in his wallet.
The only thing that comes to our mind is “Why?” Why on earth would you put so much effort into racing a freaking Toyota passenger car that you careen off of the road and slam your $400K+ car into the treeline? Hopefully this guy takes two lessons from this ordeal:
No. 1: Street racing is for tool bags that are attempting to compensate for something.
No. 2: Don’t race your $400K car against a Toyota... It’s bad Karma (Fiery Fisker pun intended).
There are three types of accidents in the world of car racing: expected, freak, and “how in the [insert favorite expletive] did that happen?” Well, an accident involving an AMG racecar, air line, and four Mercedes DTM crew members falls into the latter of those three categories.
This is a clear example of a pit crew simply not following the most basic of pit rules: clean your crap off of pit lane after you’re done and secure your air hose properly until you are ready to use it. After a fairly quick pit stop by the AMG coupe during practice at Zandvoort on Friday, the coupe speeds away. The crew directly in front of the car apparently left their air hose dangling over the track in anticipation of a pit stop of their own and the car’s rear spoiler caught the hose.
Well, the hose turns into a massive bull whip with a crack that would make Indiana Jones feel inadequate. As it whips around, it catches four crew members and drops three to the tarmac. Luckily, no one was seriously injured, as Mercedes has released a statement that three of the four were released from the hospital and are back on the job, but one remains in the hospital with serious, but not life threatening, injuries.
From the 1:10 mark to the 1:15 mark, you can see the accident in slow motion and you can really get a look at how lazily wrapped the air hose is. The hose that the Mercedes hit was hanging halfway down, whereas the rest of the hoses in pit lane are tightly wrapped and well above the top of the spoiler.
We’re sure this team is in for a quick and harsh lesson on pit-lane maintenance and organization. Then again, getting bull whipped by an air hose may be lesson enough.