Drunk Man Crashes Koenigsegg Agera R; Likely Breaks Record for Costliest DUI Crash
A 26-year-old man in China crashed a Koenigsegg Agera R in what local Chinese media is reporting as a drunk-driving episode. The crash happened just after midnight on Sunday, November 29, 2015 in the Yubei District of Chongqing.
According to the People’s Daily Online, the driver was in an inebriated state when he lost control of the hypercar, sending the $4.1 million machine straight into a metal railing where it crashed head-on, destroying a big chunk of the front end of the car. CCTV footage near the site of the crash also showed the Agera R violently spinning after the initial impact, ripping open the rear clamshell in the process before sliding backwards into the center of the road in a heap.
Fortunately, the driver came out of the crash in good shape, but was reportedly held by Chinese police after the crash. There’s no word yet on whether the driver will face criminal charges, or whether he owned the Agera R he crashed in the first place. Separate reports have indicated that the actual owner of the Agera R is quite the exotic car connoisseur, having amassed a collection that also includes all three hybrid hypercars: the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari, and McLaren P1.
In another lucky break, the damage sustained by the Agera R doesn’t appear to be a death knell for the car. It can still be repaired, although the cost for doing so will likely make it one of the most expensive repairs for any one car in history. After all, only six Agera Rs exist in the world and if repairs are to be made on this one, the entire car is likely going to have to shipped all the way back to Koenigsegg’s headquarters in Sweden.
There are times when something so extraordinary happens that all we can do is sit back, take a deep breath, and shake our heads. This is one of those times.
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Why it matters
I’m tempted to call the driver stupid and idiotic for driving a Koenigsegg Agera R while he was reportedly intoxicated. Driving under the influence should never be tolerated, whether the driver is driving a rickshaw or a Koenigsegg Agera R. A part of me is happy to see that he didn’t sustain any severe injuries, but there’s also a part of me that’s happy to see him in the predicament that he’s in. I don’t care if he’s got the money for repairs. I hope it costs him a lot of it so he learns his lesson.
The mere fact that it’s an Agera R - like I said, only six such models exist in the world - seems secondary considering what could’ve happened if there was a pedestrian nearby or if the car hit another car and the driver of the other car was the one who ended up in a hospital.
Given all the circumstances, I’d rather be reporting about the damage sustained by the Agera R and the resulting repairs it’s going to desperately need than have to report about somebody losing their lives over something like this. Hopefully, the guy who crashed the Agera R learned a valuable lesson because of this. If nothing else, his wallet is going to make sure of that.
I don’t know how much it’s going to cost to repair the Agera R but considering the damages to the car, I’d say it’s going to be well into the six digits. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up costing him more than the $500,000 it cost Zahir Rana to have his Ferrari Enzo ZXX repaired after sending the car straight into the Atlantic Ocean back in 2011.
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Source: Yahoo Autos