The Raceway at Laguna Seca is one of the most technical tracks in the world, but it is also one of the fastest, thanks to its six straightaway sections, five of them coming directly before very tight turns. The worst of the bunch, and nearly every car racing buff knows this, are turns No. 8 and 8A, also known as the corkscrew.
The problem with the corkscrew is that it is right after a long straightaway and a soft turn, so drivers tend to come in just a little too fast. Well, it looks like even Ferraris can become victimized by the infamous corkscrew, as a rather pricy 458 Italia had a nice concrete-and-tire sandwich when the driver miscalculated the corkscrew and went flying off of the course at last weekend’s Ferrari Racing Days.
Typically when a driver miscalculates the corkscrew, he is going just a shade too fast and spins out. This driver was going so fast that the Italia didn’t even turn with the front wheels, as the laws of inertia took over and slammed it into the tire-lined wall. Fortunately for us, an amateur cameraman caught the carnage on tape for us to see.
Also fortunate was the driver, as he only came away with a few bumps and bruises, the worst of the bruises being the one on his ego after screwing up on the most legendary turn on this famed raceway.
Our hats go off to the cameraman for picking the perfect spot and getting this film on YouTube for all of us to chuckle at and cringe a little as we watch this machine get destroyed. In case you don’t feel like watching 25 seconds of Ferraris properly negotiating the corkscrew and want to get right to the carnage, just skip forward to the 25-second mark of the above video.
gallery: Ferrari 458 Italia