Video: Allan McNish crashes Audi R18 TDi in horrific fashion at Le Mans

As a race car driver, nothing is scarier than crashing into a barrier, sending your car airborne, seemingly helpless to fight the laws of physics that take over. Ultimately, as a driver, all you can do is brace for the impact, and pray that the ensuing damage is about as minimal as it could possibly be.

During the first part of Le Mans, Audi driver, Allan McNish, was involved in a horrific accident after the Scotsman accidentally bumped his R18 TDI into a Ferrari 458 Italia. The collision caused the R18 TDI to barrel into the sand trap, crashing the barrier and sending just about every piece of the race car flying everywhere, including near a group of reporters who probably didn’t find it thrilling to see a debris of metal, carbon fiber, and tires raining down on them.

The only positive outcome from this accident - and given the circumstances, it was the best anyone could have hoped for - was that no one, including McNish, was injured from the spectacular, albeit horrific crash.

Just goes to show just how thin the line is in auto racing. One second, you’re posting flying lap after flying lap and before you know it, your race car is doing an airborne cartwheel while you sit helpless behind the wheel praying for the best outcome possible.


Source: You Tube

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  (429) posted on 07.22.2011

They just want to show in the world that they are really brave and that braveness can cause their death. He wanted a record? That’s the record! I congratulate you Hot Wheels Yellow Driver.

  (341) posted on 06.21.2011

This is such a horrific crash as discussed in this thread. I hope no one was seriously hurt from the bad fall of Audi R18 TDi. It was very unfortunate to witness such kind of tragedy.

  (453) posted on 06.16.2011

Well, you really can’t blame McNish for that one, it just happens that he was in a bad position at a bad time. Good thing though that he is now alright.

  (378) posted on 06.15.2011

Come to think of it, crashes seems to be part of the Le Mans race. If you look at it, they always have one of some sort happening almost everytime the Le Mans is held. Too bad it was McNish this time.

  (502) posted on 06.15.2011

Yeah, good thing that the barrier was there. It would have been much worse if it was not there at all. Sad thing though that McNish had to go through all that tumble.

  (334) posted on 06.14.2011

Ouch, that one would definitely hurt. But as far as I know, their team was the one who won in the race. It’s just too bad that McNish had to go through all that.

  (592) posted on 06.14.2011

This type of incidents are normal in a race. It’s the fault of the driver who thinks he can over come the circuit but ended up in the barrier.

  (9) posted on 06.13.2011

good article

  (528) posted on 06.13.2011

I really don’t know if I will be thankful to the barrier for protecting those audiences behind it or be sad because an incident happened on its face. Well, thank goodness that there’s no serious injury happened to the driver!

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