Corvette Z06 crashes going 230mph at 2011 Texas Mile

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The 2011 Texas Mile event just took place over the weekend and although we were hoping everyone would get by without a scratch on them, eliminating the use of a speed limit kind of makes that nearly impossible. Unfortunately, the driver of the Hinson Motorsports’ Twin Turbo Corvette Z06 got the short end of that stick as he crashed doing 230 mph during the record setting event.

Thankfully, the driver just got up and walked away from it, and has since been released from the hospital. Not much more was said on his injuries, but we are very glad he was okay after his Corvette rolled over before landing back on its wheels. There are rumors suggesting the crash occurred because one of the cars that had made their run before the Corvette had "exploded its clutch leaving shrapnel at the finish line where the crash occurred." The man behind some of the images, Scott Carr, doesn’t think this is impossible. He says, "The car that ran before them seemed ok to me. When the track was cleaned after the accident, it looked like they walked it, and measured the skid; but I did not see them pickup or sweep that area. So I would say it was a no on the clutch rumor from my vantage point."

The Hinson Motorsports Corvette Z06 was tuned to deliver an astronomical 1,428 horsepower at the wheels thanks to a unique rear-mounted twin-turbocharger system, reinforced engine internals, uprated fuel injectors, and a Quaiffe differential. We are just happy the driver is okay and we hope to see this car safely in action again!

Hit the jump to see a video of the crash.

Video Credit: Rossion Racer


12 comments:

Well, the Corvette is really fast on that speed that’s why the driver unable to control the car. Some of the drivers had encountered an accident but then still alive, good for them their cars have safety tools.

This incident is predictable the speed of Corvette is quite fast and if it crashes then maybe its due to poor break system.

Actually, that is indeed very surprising. But since many of the participants are already aware of the dangers of the event, they themselves are the ones who take care of the necessary precautions.

You guys might be surprised to find out that in the almost a decade history of the event, there were only a few fatalities. They have a ready medical team organized for the race.

Ouch! That would have definitely hurt. Good thing he was able to get away from that without any serious injuries. Well, that ’s what you really get here.

Of course it had to be strong enough for him to survive. And lucky for him that he was driving a Z06, that car is certainly well built and will be able to withstand the impact.

So is this the only accident that happened in the Texas Mile this year? If that’s the case, then it would still be a good news, since mishaps are really common in the event.

OMG. How lucky that driver is to survive such an accident. The body of the car must be strong enough and not to forget the balance and control of thee driver which is not lost even in that situation.

Aw! I don’t know if the cause is the speed of the Corvette. I don’t want to make any speculation. But, it’s a good thing that no fatal injury happened. Texas Mile should made an further investigation about the accident to avoid more unexpected incident on the next race.

Well, it wouldn’t really be fun if they would set up a speed limit in the Texas Mile. So crashes are certainly risks that drivers participating in the event should be willing to take.

As far as I know, anything that goes beyond 80KPH would splash into smithereens upon impact on heavy walls. Now, what if the car crashes at much faster speed? Corvette Z06 has crashed while attempting to set a new event record. How unlucky for the manufacturers and the same time they’ve learned some new lessons.

This one is quite expected already, this is somewhat of a “tradition” with the Texas Mile. And with the speed that the Z06 is going, that’s certainly a big risk.

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