Autocross events are all about emphasizing safe competition and showing off one’s handling ability out on a defined course, so when you hear about someone crashing at one of these events, it’s kind of like hearing about an alligator that has started wandering the streets. It just doesn’t belong.
The alligator in this particular video is a Chevrolet Corvette that managed to get into some crashtastic trouble at the Speed Ventures Autocross. According to the witness, this accident occurred because of "a cold track combined with cold tires." We would argue that bad driving skills had a little to do with it, but we weren’t there to see what actually happened so we’ll have to take the witness’ word for it.
To hear that a cool car like a Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport has been completely destroyed by driver’s fault is not something we really enjoy. But this is the way things are and today we have to sadly informed you that a 2011 Corvette Grand Sport has been completely destroyed in a driving under influence crash.
The driver - a young woman - was speeding just after midnight Sunday in the intersection of Lower Sacramento Road and Kettleman Lane/Highway 12. In the intersection she broadsided the 1994 Pontiac Bonneville. As a result the Pontiac model was cut in half and the Corvette was thrown 700 feet away from the crash. It ended upside down.
Luckily the driver and the other two passengers in the Pontiac suffered minor injuries, but the woman in the Corvette is in the hospital with serious injuries. Police coming at the accident said that the woman was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The 2011 Texas Mile event just took place over the weekend and although we were hoping everyone would get by without a scratch on them, eliminating the use of a speed limit kind of makes that nearly impossible. Unfortunately, the driver of the Hinson Motorsports’ Twin Turbo Corvette Z06 got the short end of that stick as he crashed doing 230 mph during the record setting event.
Thankfully, the driver just got up and walked away from it, and has since been released from the hospital. Not much more was said on his injuries, but we are very glad he was okay after his Corvette rolled over before landing back on its wheels. There are rumors suggesting the crash occurred because one of the cars that had made their run before the Corvette had "exploded its clutch leaving shrapnel at the finish line where the crash occurred." The man behind some of the images, Scott Carr, doesn’t think this is impossible. He says, "The car that ran before them seemed ok to me. When the track was cleaned after the accident, it looked like they walked it, and measured the skid; but I did not see them pickup or sweep that area. So I would say it was a no on the clutch rumor from my vantage point."
The Hinson Motorsports Corvette Z06 was tuned to deliver an astronomical 1,428 horsepower at the wheels thanks to a unique rear-mounted twin-turbocharger system, reinforced engine internals, uprated fuel injectors, and a Quaiffe differential. We are just happy the driver is okay and we hope to see this car safely in action again!
Hit the jump to see a video of the crash.
We don’t think a day goes by when we don’t hear about a super car crashing here or a stupid driver carelessly swerving there, but it is a rare opportunity when a stunt actually goes as planned. Maybe it’s because drivers just don’t have the skills needed to succeed at the task at hand or maybe cars just aren’t made like they used to be. Either way, we’re more likely to see the disastrous end of a gnarly machine then see it go for the gold in any of the tricks set before it.
This is why we are ecstatic to present this 30-year-old piece of junk - aka a Buick LeSabre - that has enough gusto to jump as high as four feet at 100mph gaining a huge amount of respect from us, not for the naive driver at the wheel, but for his lucky ride that is dead set on working overtime.
And for the crash hungry that can’t seem to get enough of compressed sheet metal, shimmy on down past the jump to check out a brand new Camaro as it demonstrates how not to make the jump.
How a couple could let a total stranger get behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette – and a rental one at that – is absolutely beyond us. But they did, and they certainly paid a steep – and wet – price for it.
A 39-year old man and his 36-year old wife were having drinks at a bar in Pacific Beach near San Diego when they invited a man that they were talking to drive their rental Hertz Corvette. Why did they do it? Apparently, the man told them that he had never driven a Corvette before.
Defying any form of common sense, the couple let the man sit behind the wheel of the Corvette where the latter, probably in his excitement in driving a Corvette, proceeded to do a series of donuts along the beach. After one too many stunts, the Corvette somehow ended up on the surf before getting swept away by the waves right into the waters.
The couple was taken to a detox center before eventually being released, but the stunt driver somehow managed to escape the authorities. As for the Corvette, tow trucks were called in to bring the swimming sports car back to dry land.
Shout out to Bminix for the video!
Sometimes things just happen. Like blowing out a tire on the last lap in Monte Carlo or slamming into the side of a real cop car on a movie set, these are things that just plain stink. The latter of those two just recently occurred on the set of Transformers 3, as the Chevrolet Camaro, nicknamed Bumblebee, smashed into the side of a real police cruiser in Washington D.C.
Apparently, a police vehicle was responding to a call and cut across the set while the cameras were rolling. The yellow Chevy collided with the police SUV, sending the officer to the hospital. Luckily, nobody was seriously injured.
This wasn’t the only event to happen on the set of this film. Earlier this year Gabriela Cedillo had to be rushed to the hospital after the car she was driving was hit with a cable that had snapped off of a camera vehicle. The cable broke through the windshield and hit the driver in the head. Cedillo underwent surgery and her condition is improving.
Hit the jump to see two more videos of Bumblebee mistaking a real cop car for a Decepticon.
People say that a person makes his own luck. That being said, a man from Cincinnati probably had a few shamrocks and horseshoes in his pocket after his Chevrolet Camaro SS crashed into a utility pole, completely slicing the Camaro’s front end.
Miraculously, the driver got out of the car and walked away virtually unscathed with only a ‘scratch on the head’ as a possible injury.
According to WCPO, local authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash with the police equally baffled at the injuries – or lack thereof – sustained by the driver after enduring a crash that had ‘fatal accident’ written all over it.
We don’t know if its plain luck or someone was looking after the man, but either way, we’re glad that he escaped the crash without any major injuries. Now if only he’d let a doctor look at that “scratch on the head”.
Buying a brand-new Corvette Z06 should be a cause for celebration. But in the case of this poor man, his joyous occasion ended up becoming short-lived - thanks to his wife and her Hyundai Genesis.
Barely an hour after driving off with his new ride, the man’s precious Corvette was in the middle of a roadside accident thanks in large part to a combination of rain, traffic, and his wife’s reckless driving. The resulting carnage could end up costing the couple more than $26,000 in damages to the two vehicles.
The series of unfortunate events began when the couple left the Chevy dealership and ended up stuck in traffic along a rainy Massachusetts freeway. As the traffic began piling up, the husband decelerated his speed to queue up behind the other vehicles in the freeway. Unfortunately for him and his brand-new Z06, the wife, who was following behind in their 9-month old Genesis, wasn’t paying enough attention to the roads ahead and ended up ramming her car onto the back of the Z06, which, in turn, slid forward and hit the car directly in front of him.
Continued after the jump.
After a series of Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren F1 super cars catching fire, today tragedy strikes home, because it was an American icon of affordable speed that suffered the flaming fate of a group of unknown arsonists in the Ukraine. The fire left the front end as an unrecognizable pile of molten fiberglass and a front cross member, not even the LS1 could be saved from the American super car.
Rest in peace, C5 Corvette.
It seems that not only the streets car are catching on fire lately! The same flaming fate happened to this Chevrolet Corvette driver at a Sports Car Club of America event at Elkhart Lake’s Road America. Whatever it was that came loose underneath the car to start the mishap is still a mystery. What we do know is that unaware his fiberglass bodied race car was burning and his tires had melted, the driver when full speed into the turn and well just follow the link to see the slideshow.
Two months ago Top Speed reported about the first Chevrolet Camaro crash. But that was nothing compared to this one!
It turns out a member of the Camaro5 Forums got his brand new Camaro SS, and only a few miles later he was unlucky enough to meet a teenager driving a Ford Escape. Talk about brutal competition.
The Camaro owner did have a little luck though: the insurance replacement protection plan covered his loss and he will get a brand new car. This is a great opportunity for the Camaro owner to rethink his color choice.
The redesigned Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon, both equipped with standard side airbags, earn top ratings of good in side crash tests that simulate an impact from an SUV or pickup truck. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted side tests of eight large family cars. The Buick Lucerne and Hyundai Azera, also equipped with standard side airbags, earn the second highest rating of acceptable.
The Buick LaCrosse with standard side airbags is rated marginal, and so is (...)