You could say that the driver of the Ferrari 458 Italia was a little too eager in making his rival Dodge Viper eat his dust. You could even say that his heart was a racing a little and the adrenaline got the better of him. But to start a drag race like this with so many people watching? A little embarrassing, if you ask us.

Watch the video and you’ll see the Italian supercar and the American sports car in a nice and friendly quarter-mile race. Everything looks ready to roll except that when the light turned green, the 458 Italia went backwards. As in reverse. As in ’oops’.

The driver’s brainfart caused him to shift his car’s dual clutch auto transmission into reverse, which would have probably been more understandable if he wasn’t sitting behind the wheel of a 458 Italia.

But a car of that stature to start a drag race in backwards fashion is just well beyond humiliating.

Check out the video and watch the drag race folly at the 0:39 mark.

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Source: YouTube

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6 comments:

  (447) posted on 02.23.2012

It’s totally to cool and fun to watch ridiculous video like this. Have you ever imagined a race car set on reverse? Well, I think you should watch the video. The driver seems to be too embarrassed that day.

  (197) posted on 09.8.2011

Well, I have to say that I’m really impressed with the speed performance of these cars. Too bad that he got embarrassed before he blast the vehicle in the race track.

  (449) posted on 09.8.2011

Oh yeah! That video really gives me a real headache!So, the driver has hit the reverse button instead of the automatic transmission! And I have notice that it takes too long before he fixed it,maybe he can’t find the right one!hehe 

  (592) posted on 07.25.2011

This is very horrible and embarrassing! He made a big mistake in transmitting his car into reverse. I wonder if that is intentional, but even if it is, that is very unusual for a car racer.

  (797) posted on 07.25.2011

Hell! I don’t know what’s the problem of the driver or is he just nervous on the crowd? I can’t figure out on how he called himself a professional driver. He makes himself like a clown in the circus. I really can’t stand on his brainfart act!

  (580) posted on 07.25.2011

haha. That’s quite an embarrassing for the part of the Italia! Admittedly, these cars have a high speed performance. The competition in the market between the Italian and American car is quite tough and I think a drag race wouldn’t end the conflict.

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