You’ll Definitely Believe What Happens To This Mustang Doing Donuts
Being careful won’t make you look cool, but it’ll keep your ’Stang from meeting this fateby Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 03:55
Just because the rooftop parking lot is empty, that doesn’t mean you can just go there and do donuts to your heart’s content. Sure, the empty space is great for these burnout runs, but the debauchery can also go sideways at a moment’s notice, especially if you’re not careful. Two people found that out first-hand when they went to an empty rooftop parking lot, intending to leave rubber in concrete. After doing a serious of burnouts, the driver inexplicably loses control of his rear-wheel-drive ‘Stang, causing the muscle car to slam cleanly into a light pole. Worse, the whole bone-headed scene was captured on video by a couple, who were also at the rooftop parking in their own Mustang doing whatever it is they were doing. Fortunately, the driver and passenger of the crashed ‘Stang didn’t appear to get seriously hurt from the crash. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for their prized ‘Stang, which now has a long date with mechanics before it gets back up on its feet, or, in this case, all four wheels.
Better to always be safe than sorry, right?
There’s a growing misconception in the muscle car scene that Ford Mustang owners are not only reckless, but they also have little to no regard for their surroundings. Multiple videos of Mustangs crashing into pretty much everything feeds this stereotype to the extent that this particular, taken by Brandon Calderon, does nothing but add fuel to that growing fire.
Here’s the story behind it, as told by Calderon: “I went out to one of my fav parking garages for rollers & pictures last night (with) my girl when all of a sudden, a dude with a 5.0 shows up (and) starts doing donuts. I kept the camera going (and) then this happened. Please have some respect for our surroundings.”
By “this,” Calderon is referring to the owner Mustang driver, who, in the middle of his donut-making session, loses control of his rear-wheel-drive ‘Stang and sends it crashing into a light pole. The crash was loud enough that you could hear the metal crunching even from where Calderon was standing, and it was strong enough for the muscle car’s hood to get creamed. Even from a distance, you can tell that this was a heavy crash and that the Mustang is going to need a lot of repairs to get it back up to speed.
Fortunately, the driver and his passenger appear to have escaped serious injuries — both doors swing open a few seconds after the crash — from the driver’s bone-headed move.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the crashed Mustang will likely need serious repairs before it can perform more donuts, let alone drive as a normal car would.
Lesson learned, people
We seriously hope that the driver of the Mustang learned an important lesson here. We’re not going to start being self-righteous and preach that doing donuts and/or burnouts are bad, but we are to remind everyone that just because performing these stunts can be fun, that doesn’t mean we can just throw the obvious safety concerns of burnouts out the window like a peeled wrapper of Snickers.
There is an inherent danger in performing donuts and burnouts, especially if you’re not versed in the technical aspects of these car stunts.
You would think that an empty parking garage offers enough space to spin around on those tires without worrying about your surroundings. Unfortunately, empty parking garages aren’t completely empty. Almost all of them have light poles. Some of them have barricades. Some of them even have uneven surfaces. Those things have to be taken into consideration before you start performing donuts. Worse, the driver even performed them while he had a passenger on board. Imagine what would’ve happened if his passenger took the brunt of the crash and suffered serious injuries because of it. What if he lost control of his Mustang and crashed into Calderon’s Mustang and they end up worse for wear.
Too many things can go wrong if you’re not careful. So as much fun as burnouts and donuts are, please be very careful when you decide to burn rubber. One wrong mistake could lead to bigger ones down the road.
|Power Output||460 @ 7,500 rpm|
|Torque||420 lb.-ft. @ 4,600 rpm|
|Driveline||Rear wheel drive|
|Fuel Economy||15/24/18 City/Hwy/ Combined mpg|
|Top Speed||155 mph|