There were no casualties, so let this incident be a lesson learned

While we were nicely tucked in inside our homes doing our best to cope with isolation, some random dude decided it’s a good idea to take his 1 of 25 Gemballa Mirage GT out on the empty streets of New York.

Nothing wrong here, of course, as long as he remained within the confines of the law. Which he didn’t, causing him to end up crashing into multiple vehicles.

Hey, we all miss driving here, but don’t be an imbecile, alright?

Let’s get one thing straight. Whatever GTA taught you, it’s not applicable in real life. Period. Keep the reckless driving for your Xbox/PlayStation and abide by the law while driving IRL. Period.

Now, coming back to the incident at hand, Road and Track reports that the reckless driver is Ben Chen, who also happened to be DUI as he took Midtown Manhattan by storm on Tuesday morning. The Gemballa Mirage GT he was driving - a rare exotic based on Porsche’s Carrera GT supercar - hit a handful of cars on 11th Avenue before stopping on 44th street.

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Rough morning *photos taken by me*

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As you can see in the pictures uploaded by Instagram user ronniecnyc, the exotic suffered quite a lot of damage. The front end is basically half gone and the rear end (including the rear axle) aren’t exactly in mint condition either.

Apparently, the driver tried to flee the scene at first, and there is video footage showing the car moving away under hard acceleration from the spot where it hit a minivan, while leaving a trail of smoke behind before eventually drawing to a halt a couple of blocks away.

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WTF 🙃🙃 #porsche

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The Gemballa Mirage is not something to play with

Extremely limited series of the GEMBALLA Mirage GT
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The Porsche Carrera GT can turn into quite a vicious machine in the hands of a rookie. You need all your reflexes in one place to keep it in check if you intend to drive it like you stole it and the same goes for the Gemballa Mirage GT.

Under Gemballa’s wand, the 5.7-liter V-10 makes 493 kW (661 horsepower) and 630 Newton-meters (465 pound-feet) of torque, enough to entail a top speed of over 335 kph (208 mph) and 0-100 kph (62 mph) sprint times of 3.7 seconds.

Thankfully, nobody was severely injured in the event, but let it be a testament of three things: the law is there to sometimes protect others and us from ourselves and save the supercar speeding and trashing for the video games. Lastly but equally important, alcohol, drugs, and driving are not great pals.

Gemballa Mirage GT specifications
Engine 5.7-liter V-10
Horsepower 661 HP
Torque 465 LB-FT
0 to 62 mph 3.7 seconds
Top Speed 208 mph

Source: Fox 5 NY

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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