His Angel Was Riding Shotgun: Chevy Corvette Z06 Crashes into a House
Turned on its side, a wheel missing, various engine items thrown about, and the passenger seat ejected. How any person could walk away from such a horrific crash is mindboggling, but that’s exactly how things went for the unknown driver of the Chevy Corvette Z06 that you see above. As of now, details are scant, but a handful of pictures posted by Thomas Minnear on Facebook show the aftermath of a crash that was likely facilitated not only by speed but by excessively worn tires as easily noticed by shots taken of the tire that came off during the accident. Even without an official police report, it’s pretty easy to see that the driver of this car was quite lucky to have walked away.
Mr. Minnear posted what has to be the most relevant comment of the year along with the photos: “I’d say his angel was riding shotgun.” That’s pretty much an understatement considering the fact that the driver has reportedly walked away and, had there been a passenger (other than a guardian angel, of course,) they probably wouldn’t have been so lucky. In the end, the driver’s ego is tarnished, his car destroyed, his angel scared shitless, but in the end, he and those in the house still have their life, so you could say things managed to work out. Keep reading to hear our thoughts and see a full gallery from the accident.
Mechanical Carnage: Corvette Meets an Untimely Death
It was back in the depths of the 2009 Great Rescission when the U.S. Government launched the Car Allowance Rebate System, better known as the Cash for Clunkers program. Some $4 billion worth of government money was allocated for new-car purchases for folks trading “inefficient” vehicles. Sadly, a slew of rather nice cars and trucks met their demise through the program.
This fourth-generation Corvette is a prime example. It looks fairly clean, with no noticeable body damage and a well-running 5.7-liter V-8. A deep detailing job and a new set of tires seems to be all this Vette needs.
However, its owner traded the Vette in for $3,500 worth of government rebates on a new car, leaving the Vette to meet an early demise at the hands of sodium silicate. Yep, the “magical elixir” poured into the small block’s oil sump is designed to kill the engine. The solution turns into a glass-like substance when heated up, seizing the engine and destroying all the internal components for good. With a dead heart, these cars were unceremoniously sent to scrap yards for recycling. That microwave you bought in 2010 might just have Vette metal in it.
If you want to spook yourself out, just watch the video as this poor V-8 sings its last song. Searching YouTube for Cash for Clunker videos turns up a slew of similarly gruesome mechanical carnage. It’s such a shame so many nice cars were so needlessly destroyed.
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Prototype Crashes At The Nurburgring: Video
Only a few days after our spy photographers captured a Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 prototype doing some test runs around the Nürburgring, the same prototype has found itself on the headlines once again for an entirely different reason. In the middle some hot laps, the Camaro Z/28 found itself acquainted with one of the ‘Ring’s protective barriers.
Fortunately, the damage to the test mule doesn’t appear to be extensive, at least as far as its body is concerned. The only parts that got really dinged up are the passenger side bumper, fender, and door. The hood on that side appears to have been nudged too. It’s unclear if the car received any chassis or suspension damage but the way it crashed into the barriers – the car did lift off the ground for a few seconds – makes it likely that it got some nicks in areas and sections we couldn’t see.
As to how the car crashed in the first place, multiple looks at the video either points to the driver making some kind of miscalculation on the exit of the curve or the car’s brakes just didn’t work. You can clearly the see the rear wheel locking up, which ultimately send the Camaro careening into the barriers. The driver and his passenger managed to get out of the car in stride so that’s another thing to be thankful about. As for the Camaro Z/28 prototype, it was immediately covered up and transported back to the garage, safe and out of reach from the prying eyes of our trusty spy photographers.
Continue after the jump to read the full story.
Crashing a car is never fun experience, but it’s even less fun when it’s not yours. Chevrolet invited a bunch of journalists to Belle Isle State Park in Detroit to have a go behind the wheel of a few 2016 Camaro test mules on the temporary street circuit for the Detroit Grand Prix weekend. One of them was our friend Patrick George from Jalopnik, who had an unfortunate run-in with a concrete barrier after taking what he described as the wrong line and out-breaking himself into a tricky right-hander.
Luckily, both Patrick and his videographer Mark Arnold were both fine, but the Camaro was done. The front left bodywork was damaged, along with the wheel and driver-side door, which barely opened. Patrick was relaying his thoughts on the car into a camera when the accident happened, which he says probably contributed to his lapse in concentration. Driving a car quickly while uploading your thoughts to an audience in a coherent way isn’t nearly as easy as it looks.
Accidents happen. In fact, they happen more often than you might think at press drives, and are often expected. So why was Patrick not-so-politely asked to leave after the accident? It turns out, Chevrolet wasn’t too happy with Jalopnik in the few days prior. Jalopnik published leaked specs of the 2016 Camaro one day before they were officially revealed at the press event. As journalists that’s their job, and I can’t fault them for it, but from Chevy’s point of view, it essentially ruined the Camaro unveiling that the marketing folks has been planning for months, which they were less than thrilled about.
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Small in stature doesn’t always mean a car is unsafe, and that couldn’t be more true than with the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic. The IIHS solidified this recently by awarding the small econobox its coveted Top Safety Pick award after a disappointing showing initially.
“They sure don’t build them like they used to,” and it’s a dang good thing too. Years ago, folks thought the bigger and stronger a car was meant it was a safer car. More recently, automakers found that strategically positioning weak spots in cars, known as “crumple zones,” helped keep passengers safer by using the energy of a crash to fold these spots like an accordion instead of causing trauma to the passengers.
Crumple zones are old news though, as automakers have to deal with new and changing safety tests with each passing year. One such test is the controversial and hard-to-pass small overlap frontal crash. The 2015 Sonic initially did below average on this test, netting it a “marginal” rating from the IIHS and leaving it one “good” rating shy of the Top Safety Pick award.
Well, Chevy went to task improving the front-end structure, the doorsill, and the door hinge pillar on the 2015 Sonic in February 2015. With these improvements in place, the IIHS noted that intrusion into the driver’s space dropped from 6 inches to just 4 inches, resulting in a lower likelihood of injury. Additionally, the front and curtain airbags protected the crash-test dummy’s head better than in the previous test. In the previous test, the airbag deployed late, resulting in an increased potential for injury.
Those improvements were enough to jump the Sonic two levels in its small overlap test, earning it a “good” rating.
The 2015 Sonic also received “good” ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests on its way to the Top Safety Pick award.
Keep in mind that this award applies only to the Sonic hatchbacks and sedans built after February 2015.
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Slowly but surely General Motors and the National Corvette Museum are dusting off after the unfortunate sinkhole incident back in February when the ground opened up and swallowed eight priceless Corvettes sitting on display. Among them is the 1 millionth Corvette ever made, a 1992 C4 convertible. Restoration of the `Vette is now underway at a special GM facility in Warren, Michigan. The C4 will be the most challenging car to restore of the bunch. Its windshield is caved completely in, its front bumper is shattered, and nearly every other body part is mangled in some way. Replacement parts will likely come from aftermarket suppliers, though engineers will work hard to keep the car as original as possible.
Unfortunately, only three of the eight cars can even be restored. Five of the bunch are simply too far gone. They will remain on display at the Corvette Museum in their mangled conditions.
General Motors has already completed one restoration and by far the easiest. The 2009 Corvette ZR1 affectionately known as the “Blue Devil” was only slightly bruised during its fall into the pit. The ZR1 has even made its first public appearance, showing off at the recent 2014 SEMA show. The third and final car restored will be the black 1962 Corvette C2 Coupe. It’s said GM will outsource the C2’s restoration to a more qualified vintage Corvette facility.
Click past the jump to read more about the Corvettes wrecked in sinkhole museum.
What happens when 650-horsepower wrapped in a carbon fiber and aluminum meets an immovable object? You get destruction and sadness for starters. It seems that what we have here are the exclusive first images of a wrecked Corvette Z06. The car was spotted by an eagle-eyed reader as it was making its way down the interstate just outside of Chicago on a flatbed.
The car is in the signature bright-yellow paint, Z06 badges and all, and it appears to have been smashed quite heavily into a barrier of some sort. The front end is completely missing and the front of the fenders look pretty roughed up as well. The car itself is wearing press tags from Michigan, the tow truck is also wearing Michigan tags, so it is possible that this was an incident involving a journalist. The fact that the Z06 isn’t available to the public until early 2015 also leads us to believe this accident happened with a member of the media behind the wheel.
Whatever happened, we just hope that everyone involved is doing well. Crashing a sports car that is capable of well over 200 mph can have some disastrous ends. For now, just hit the jump to check out the photos, and our reader was even able to snap some video footage.
We are ready and willing to hear your theories about what happened in the comments below. Are you upset that there is one less Corvette Z06 in the world right now?
Big thanks to our reader, Mitch.
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Test runs always pose a certain risk for the car and its test driver. One wrong move and the car breaks down or worse, crashes into a wall.
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 found that out firsthand recently at the Nurburgring when it crashed in the Green Hell after reportedly trying to set an official lap time. Details behind the crash have been kept under wraps, but judging from these photos, the Corvette Z06 seems to have sustained some heavy damage on the front end, enough to prematurely end the session.
General Motors test driver Jim Mero was reportedly behind the wheel of the Corvette Z06 at the time the crash happened. Fortunately, he was not injured nor was anybody else.
If the ‘Vette really was there to set an official lap time, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little while longer before we find out what that time is. Nevertheless, we’ll keep our eyes and ears open because there are reports that another Corvette Z06 was in the vicinity, possibly as a backup model in the event the first one has any problems.
Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
Now here’s something you really don’t want to try at home, folks! Whatever you do, don’t use a brand new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to dive into the pool. In fact, don’t use any kind of vehicle if you want to go for a swim.
The soaked 2014 Camaro ZL1 you’re about to see in the video below wasn’t actually used for a pool diving stunt. According to news reports, the driver lost control of the muscle car and ran through a fence before plunging into the water. There’s no info as to what happened before the vehicle left the road, but my guess is that the owner wasn’t exactly gentle with the throttle. The incident occurred in Northwest Harris Country, Texas.
Fortunately enough, the driver escaped without a scratch, but we can’t say the same about the $60,000 Camaro, which is basically ruined after being submerged under water. Local police said the driver may be ticketed for speeding. Hopefully his next car won’t have the same awful fate...
Click past the jump for the video of the car being recovered and to read more on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that there has been a tragic accident at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky. A large sinkhole opened under the museum and a portion of the Skydome floor has collapsed, taking eight Corvettes with it.
Two of the cars were on-loan form General Motors, a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and the 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil”. The other six cars were all museum-owned - 1962 Black Corvette, 1984 PPG Pace Car, 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette, 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette.
Thankfully none of the cars damaged were on loan from individuals, and many of the museums most valuable pieces were not affected. As of yesterday at 17:12 hours, the NCM posted to their Facebook that all remaining vehicles in the Skydome had been removed to prevent further damage.
Among the cars spared from the destruction was the Museum’s irreplaceable 1983 Corvette, the only model ever produced for that year.
Click past the jump to read more about some of these unique models and for a short video from the museum.
Back in March 2012, a heavily modified Chevrolet Camaro managed to smash the record at the 2012 Texas Mile run with a an impressive top speed of 253.1 mph. This year, the car felt challenged when the Hennessey Ford GT set a new Texas Mile record of 267.6 mph.
It looks like the guys responsible for this mind-blowing 2,800- horsepower Camaro weren’t very happy with the results and wanted to see if their car can do better. The problem is that at an amazing speed of 240 mph, the driver lost control of his car and flipped end over end.
As a result, the Camaro was completely destroyed. Luckily for Joey Huneycutt - the driver of the Camaro - he only suffered minor injuries thanks to the modern safety features installed in the car.
We are not very sure if the Camaro will be brought back to life, but in these pictures it looks completely destroyed. Eh, who are we kidding? It’s toast. Hopefully, the guys have a video of the wreck; we are sure it is spectacular.
Just like most hyped-up sports cars and supercars, the first reported crash of said car is always a big deal, as it inevitably shoves the poor driver into supercar in infamy.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is one such car and as fate would have it, and it didn’t take long for the first reported crash of the Stingray to make the news.
According to the folks over at Digital Corvettes, the crash took place somewhere in Arizona after the driver of the Corvette Stingray lost control of the sports car, sending it careening into a guardrail before "bouncing back to the rocks" as the image shows.
From what people in forum have said, the crash happened in a section of road with tight switchbacks that seems to suggest that the Corvette could’ve been running faster than it should for the driver to lose control. The photo of the Corvette Stingray makes it look like it got dinged up pretty bad, but forum poster, gpetry, said that the car was in worse shape than the photo suggests.
Tough luck for the driver and worse for the not-yet-released Corvette Stingray. We’re just hoping nobody was seriously hurt from this crash.
Credit to "gpetry" for the photo
You may have seen an amateur video of this helicopter crash back in May of last year, but what we saw before pales in comparison to the ones that were captured by the actual cameras filming the first episode of Top Gear Korea.
During the filming of a segment involving a race between a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and an AH1 Helicopter, the pilot manning the controls of the latter somehow loses control of his ride. It ends up careening straight into the ground in a spectacular crash that was caught live on camera by the Top Gear crew.
While we’re thankful that the pilot escaped the nightmarish experience without any injuries, we’re wondering why the scene looks to have made it to the first episode of the show.
We’re all for hyping up a show the best way you can, but not at the expense of someone losing his life.
We love car chases in movies and we love them even more when they involve beating the hell out of expensive cars. Well, “The Last Stand” just so happens to feature just that. In its trailer, we have found that it shows a Camaro ZL1 and a Corvette ZR1 in a high-speed chase that eventually lands itself in a corn field.
While the scene is short in the trailer, it is certain to pack a load of action in full length. In general, the movie looks like it’ll be pretty bad-ass, if you are the type that loves shoot-em-up bad-guy flicks... And I am one that loves those flicks.
When you add in the fact that three of my favorite actors are in it — Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, and Peter Stormare (John Abruzzi from “Prison Break”) – I just may be willing to pony up the $55, or whatever theaters are charging these days to see a movie. The two awesome cars duking it out are just the icing on the cake.
So check out the above trailer and keep a keen eye out at the 1:07 mark to get a glimpse of Arnie behind the wheel of the ZL1 and ramming the ZR1 into the corn field. Tell us what you think of the trailer and the fact that the production crew likely destroyed about $170,000 worth of cars in that one scene. Let us know what you think or have heard about this movie in the comments.
I have had the pleasure of driving along the side of an 18-wheeler on the interstate when it collided with a deer. While there was no damage to my “precious” Hyundai Accent, I was scrubbing atomized deer meat from my car that night. So if that’s what happens at circa 50 mph, what would happen at triple-digit speeds?
Well, I guess I can scratch that question off of my list, as we get a good look at it in the above video. At HyperFest in good ‘ol West Virginia, James Greenwood was cruising around the Summit Point track enjoying the friendly race. It was so friendly that as he passed a slower Mustang, he gave the driver a quick wave.
Just after that wave comes a deer bolting from the left of Greenwood’s Z06 `Vette and *wham* no more deer. With the sloped front end of the `Vette, the deer obviously didn’t disintegrate like one does when it meets a speeding semi, but we bet that deer sure did fly rather high in the air.
You can see that Greenwood learned a valuable lesson, always have your visor pulled down when racing, as he almost catches some glass and various deer components in the face. Fortunately his reaction time is quick enough and he got his arm up in time to block his face.
Greenwood was just fine, of course, but the deer and the Z06 were likely both put out of commission. The Z06, will likely spend the next few weeks in a body shop. The deer, well, who knows what West Virginians do with roadkill deer meat…
We all hate what Chevy did to the Monte Carlo following its axing after the 1988 model year. 1988 was the final year for the “Manly” Monte, if you can call a 180-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 “Manly.” Most of its testosterone came from its throaty V-8 exhaust note and relatively edgy look, when fitted with the SS package.
In 1995, the Monte Carlo essentially came back as a two-door version of the Lumina. It was fattened to extreme proportions in 2000, as Chevy attempted to make this neutered muscle car somewhat resemble its earlier muscular years without adding any real muscle to it. Apparently, some people see these circa-2000 Monte Carlos as disposable machines, as one man decided to turn his into a V-6-powered missile, then launching it into General Motors’ headquarters, also known as the Renaissance Center for a reason unknown to us.
According to reports by witnesses, the driver, donning all black clothing, lined up the car perfectly with the revolving front door. After sitting there for a short period of time, the driver punched the gas on this flabby, 180-horsepower coupe and smashed into the revolving front door. GM was likely pretty happy that the driver chose this car as his weapon of choice, as its 8-second 0-to-60 mph time greatly limited the damage done and the automotive giant expects the damage to be as good as new in just a day.
There is no motive yet behind the kamikaze Monte Carlo driver, but the police do have the suspect in custody and are questioning him. With the craziness that is happening these days, the possible motives are endless. We’ll let you know why exactly this man chose to plow his beloved Chevy into GM’s headquarters once we learn the motive.
In the midst of celebrating their title as America’s Favorite Performance Brand, Chevrolet invited a number of journalists over to the Virginia International Speedway to test drive their new Camaro ZL1. Lucky journalists signed right up to take advantage, but one got a little more than he bargained for.
Aaron Gold from About.com took his turn on the track after a rain cloud made its way through the area and tried to play it safe during his turn. Unfortunately, he may have played it too safe. Gold says that he was "way off the proper line" and had the car in second gear when it should have probably been in third. He "gave it a bit too much juice, broke the rear tires loose, and that was it." The Camaro ended up going off the track, sliding forward and sideways onto the wet grass, and went nose-first into the tire wall.
Gold didn’t suffer any injuries and GM has assured him that the damages on the Camaro ZL1 are cosmetic, which is all good news. Another plus is that Gold was able to test out the OnStar system, which automatically sent out an SOS call, before a live operator came on to see if Gold was okay.
As a refresher the ZL1 is powered by LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and 550 lb/ft of torque. The muscle car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 184 mph. So we guess these numbers are just too much even for a professional driver.
Okay, so it may not exactly be appropriate to pick the best crash of the year, but considering many will be ringing in the new year in a drunken stupor, we think it best to remind everyone of the consequences of drinking and driving. Most of the drivers in the crashes we are featuring were not under the influence when these crashes occurred, but if these guys can get into a massive accident when they’re sober, chances are a drunk YOU will suffer consequences that are much worse.
This year actually brought out the worst in many drivers, some of which instigated accidents with multiple supercars, a vehicular dip into the Atlantic Ocean, and high speed rough and tumbles. Unfortunately, not all of these drivers survived these horrific crashes, which only drives home the point that we have to be extremely careful when operating our motor vehicles.
Remember to have a SAFE and fun New Year.
Hit the jump for the list of the most famous crashes of 2011.