With the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed well under way and the fact that million dollar supercars race up the short hillclimb seemingly continually throughout each and every day of the event, it was only a matter of time before Goodwood’s first 2012 crash occurred.

Rather than it being a cheap-to-repair hot hatch, the car involved in this serious incident was none other than an ultra-rare Gumpert Apollo in the closing meters of the hillclimb. The crash was captured on film, and the above video displays the true severity of the crash in which both the driver and passenger suffered minor injuries.

No official cause for the crash has been identified thus far, but it seems pretty obvious to us that the driver went into the left-handed bend with a little too much speed which prompted the rear-end to step out, resulting in the car sliding uncontrollably into the hay barrier.

Fortunately, this relatively soft crash barrier would have helped reduce the impact of the crash, while the Apollo’s carbon fiber monocoque undoubtedly played a role in protecting both occupants.

A commenter on Shmee150’s blog has claimed that the female passenger was stuck in the car for upwards of an hour before being admitted to hospital for no less than 5 hours with bruises.


Source: Shmee150

What do you think?


  (683) posted on 07.16.2012

This accident was totally rare, and if I’m not mistaken the second time of Goodwood.

  (396) posted on 07.12.2012

I saw the pictures of Godwood Festival of Speed on their website, and Anthony Reid reigned as having the fastest time at Goodwood.

  (798) posted on 07.11.2012

From that video, we ca see that the carbon-fiber body absorbs and lessens impact and saves the driver from death.

  (630) posted on 07.10.2012

Are there damages on Apollo? I saw the crash scene in the video, but what I want to know if the Apollo is wrecked.

  (553) posted on 07.10.2012

He must thank the barrier and the fiber monocoque that saved his life. Without those elements, he might be resting in peace by now.

  (474) posted on 07.8.2012

I guess that the soft barrier protected them as well as the fiber monocoque. The first crash was not really not that serious, and at least they are safe; only having minor injuries.

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