China’s political party has been under fire recently with news of Bo Xilai getting the old heave ho after trying to remove the police chief from his position during a corruption investigation involving Xilai’s family. The internet with bezerk with the news and social media just hasn’t been the same in Asia. In fact, transfer of power in the Communist party is scheduled to be done in Fall 2012 and government officials are worried that this uproar will rock the boat way too much to do so.
Now, another incident has sparked the Chinese population’s interest in political unbalance. Early Sunday morning, a man was driving his Ferrari 458 at high speeds when he crashed in Beijing, splitting his car in two. The man died and the two women in the vehicle were severely injured. So far, this amounts to another tragic accident involving a superior sports car, but people in China are taking it even more seriously. Turns out, the internet went abuzz with rumors that the driver of the vehicle was a son of a senior communist party official, adding even more concern over the faltering balance in government. A story in the New York Times takes it a bit further by stating that Bo Xilai’s son, Guagua, actually drives a red Ferrari.
Blogs, websites, and search engines were being so heavily crowded with intrigue that any and all information surrounding the crash was removed from the internet altogether, as was the capability of searching for anything Ferrari-related.
A son of a political official driving a Ferrari raises a few question on its own. Some may wonder how a civil servant could afford to buy his son such a pricey sports car, while others may just get angry at the fact that government officials can afford these types of luxuries when others are stricken with poverty. When you throw in the minor detail that the son of an official who was being investigated for corruption drives a car like the one in question, then all hell is bound to break loose.
We’ll stay on top of the story and relay any details as soon as we get them.
A show like Top Gear invites so many risks, especially when it comes to doing stunts on moving objects traveling at great speeds on the road.
Or sometimes, in the sky.
What you are watching isn’t a stunt, nor is it the result of digital effects. That, ladies and gentlemen, is an actual AH1 Cobra military helicopter that’s on its way to crashing. The accident took place at the Coolidge Airport in Coolidge, Arizona while filming a high-profile stunt for the first episode of Top Gear Korea . You might be wondering what Top Gear Korea is doing filming in the US, but that’s inconsequential at this point.
What’s important is that while the scene looks incredibly scary, nobody was seriously injured or killed when the helicopter slammed into the ground. Everything was going smoothly until the pilot of the chopper lost control of his bird, sending it hurtling down the ground faster than anybody could yell "watch out!"
According to Coolidge Police Chief Joe Brugman, the pilots walked out of the crash relatively unscathed after helicopter’s safety gear sprung into action moments before the helicopter hit the ground. No word yet on whether there were any mechanical failures from the retired chopper that could have led to the accident, but at this point, we’re relieved that nobody was seriously harmed from the entire debacle.
Driving on snow can be tricky and we’re sure that everyone who tried it has some pretty interesting experiences. However, not many of you can tell they had the chance to drive a Lamborghini Aventador on snow and loose control just in front of the spy photographers!
The spy photographers who witnessed the incident said: "Originally, our photographer thought the car coming down the road was an Aventador Roadster prototype. As the car approached the intersection, at a speed that appeared faster than the posted speed limit, the driver lost control, skidded through the intersection and crashed into a large snow bank."
Of course you can imagine he wasn’t very happy about the all situation and came to the photographer in a fairly aggressive manner. The problem is that while trying to do so he nearly fallen down. The good this is that an Audi A6 allroad, equipped with a winch, came to pull the raging bull out of the snow. In the end both the driver and the car was unhurt and the all incident ended with a thumbs up!
In the midst of celebrating their title as America’s Favorite Performance Brand , Chevrolet invited a number of journalists over to the Virginia International Speedway to test drive their new Camaro ZL1 . Lucky journalists signed right up to take advantage, but one got a little more than he bargained for.
Aaron Gold from About.com took his turn on the track after a rain cloud made its way through the area and tried to play it safe during his turn. Unfortunately, he may have played it too safe. Gold says that he was "way off the proper line" and had the car in second gear when it should have probably been in third. He "gave it a bit too much juice, broke the rear tires loose, and that was it." The Camaro ended up going off the track, sliding forward and sideways onto the wet grass, and went nose-first into the tire wall.
Gold didn’t suffer any injuries and GM has assured him that the damages on the Camaro ZL1 are cosmetic, which is all good news. Another plus is that Gold was able to test out the OnStar system, which automatically sent out an SOS call, before a live operator came on to see if Gold was okay.
As a refresher the ZL1 is powered by LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and 550 lb/ft of torque. The muscle car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 184 mph. So we guess these numbers are just too much even for a professional driver.
Danica Patrick hit the wall hard during the very last lap of Thursday’s first qualifying race for the Daytona 500. She was holding the number ten spot with two corners to go when Aric Almirola’s Ford veered left into her No.10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet , sending her sliding to the inside wall. She hit the wall so hard that her car briefly left the ground.
“It felt pretty big,” Patrick said. “I don’t know what it looked like, but it felt pretty big.”
“It happened really quick,” she said. “When it gets down to the end of the race, everybody’s on each other’s doors really close. That’s what happens. Unfortunately, I was part of it.”
“We were looking to finish honestly,” Patrick said. “I felt comfortable. It was just a matter of getting into the right line with the right people. I’m just bummed out. We only had two corners to go.”
She climbed out of the wreckage uninjured, thanks in part to her taking her hands off the steering wheel just before impact. Wrist and hand injuries are very common in NASCAR when a driver crashes while tightly gripping the wheel. Despite the crash, Patrick still finished in 16th position.
In some good news, Danica returned to Daytona International Speedway on Friday in her backup car and won the pole position for Saturday’s Nationwide race. This makes her only the second woman to ever win a pole in NASCAR’s 64-year history. Patrick started her NASCAR Sprint Cup debut in 29th position at the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26.
UPDATE 02/27/2012: For the first time in 54 years, the Daytona 500 has been postponed due to some scattered showers that moved in around race time. The race was supposed to be moved to today at noon, but the weatherman put a stop to that as well. If rain doesn’t get in the way again, the Daytona 500 will take place tonight at 7pm ET.
Sometimes, explanations aren’t really needed; you just watch a video of inane dumbassery and you pretty much get the picture of how something goes horribly wrong.
In the case of the driver of this Lexus IS-F , drifting probably isn’t in his future. That or he just made a pretty silly mistake from the get go.
The scene is the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon and the IS-F was supposed to do a drifting demonstration in front of a gathered crowd. It starts well enough, but even before the first tire screams and the first smoke is emitted, the driver loses control of the IS-F and rides the cement barricade, obliterating a number of miniature traffic cones in the process.
We don’t know how it went wrong all of a sudden, but it is pretty embarrassing for the dude behind the wheel of the IS-F. Here you are expected to wow a crowd with your supposedly sick drifting skills, but instead, you end up being the butt of jokes and a permanent resident of You Tube’s crack list of "Fail!" videos.
For the benefit of those who are fanatics of Lamborghini Gallardos , this video just might be a little too much to stomach. But if you enjoy the spectacle of supercar crashes - injuries notwithstanding - then check out how a Lamborghini owner managed to destroy his beloved Gallardo in spectacular fashion.
As is the case most of the time with these exotic crashes, the scene for this episode is a rather busy highway where two Gallardos - an orange and a green one - are trying to stretch their legs with their Italian supercar. We understand the adrenaline of putting the pedal to the metal when it comes to cars like the Gallardo, but we also are aware of the dangerous ramifications that could happen should anything go wrong.
Apparently, these two idiots either forgot that memo or they just couldn’t care less.
In the middle of their public showboating, the driver of the green Gallardo inexplicably lost control of his LP 560-4 - yeah, it has AWD - sending it into a massive tailspin before crashing in to the center cement divider.
As you can expect, when that happens, cement always wins.
A poor decision to race that was compounded by some less-than-stellar racing skills all add up to a pretty dinged up supercar and a more than expensive repair bill.
As a result of its oceanic plunge, the Enzo suffered severe damages that shot up to over $100,000. But here’s where it gets interesting; 56-year-old supecar dealer Zahir Rana owns the aforementioned race car and has already brought the car back to Edo Competition in Germany to get it fixed and re-tuned to become bigger, better, and faster than what it previously was.
After all the work is done on the car, Rana plans on heading back to the Targa Newfoundland with his fully repaired Enzo boasting of even more power - a whopping 950 horsepower - than its previous 860-horsepower incarnation.
"Next year I’m going back again with twenty cars. All my friends and clients are now envious," Rana said. "I’m looking forward to it."
Certainly, Mr. Rana; you’re not the only one who’s looking forward to seeing the reborn Enzo in all its glorious power. Just be sure to keep on the road the next time.
Okay, so it may not exactly be appropriate to pick the best crash of the year, but considering many will be ringing in the new year in a drunken stupor, we think it best to remind everyone of the consequences of drinking and driving. Most of the drivers in the crashes we are featuring were not under the influence when these crashes occurred, but if these guys can get into a massive accident when they’re sober, chances are a drunk YOU will suffer consequences that are much worse.
This year actually brought out the worst in many drivers, some of which instigated accidents with multiple supercars, a vehicular dip into the Atlantic Ocean, and high speed rough and tumbles. Unfortunately, not all of these drivers survived these horrific crashes, which only drives home the point that we have to be extremely careful when operating our motor vehicles.
Remember to have a SAFE and fun New Year.
Hit the jump for the list of the most famous crashes of 2011.
Idiocy comes in many shapes and forms, some more ridiculous than others. For the owner of this Ford Mustang V6 , a clear disregard of the limits of your muscle car certainly counts as an act of plain lunacy.
Determined to show-off his new Mustang V6, the driver decided to bring his muscle car into an isolated road to stretch its proverbial legs. What started as a leisurely joy ride slowly turned into a pretty ill-advised attempt at showing off.
Not content with the Mustang V6’s electronically limited top speed of 115 mph, the driver decided to extract a little more juice from his muscle car, flooring the car to well over 140 mph - it would have been fine if he had the 5.0-liter V8 Mustang - which is pretty much all the way north of what the car is capable.
The result, as the last few seconds of the video will show you, is what happens when common sense flies right out the window. Not only did the driver completely destroy the Mustang’s drive shaft - it ripped into the floor pan! - but he also managed to break the transmission and severely damage the muffler AND the exhaust system.
There’s a reason why the Mustang V6 has a speed limiter. This dude, apparently, didn’t get the memo and his car paid a pretty steep price for his utter idiocy.