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.
gallery: Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Video Credit: Rossion Racer