Exotic car crashes are all too common, and Ferrari’s often seem to be the most crash-prone supercars on the market. This latest incident reaffirms that statement.
Taking place in Russia just over one week ago, the incident resulted from the driver of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti losing control of the high-powered performance car before slamming into a metal pole bordering the road side.
Despite the severity of the crash, which ultimately split the supercar in two, the driver managed to walk away with only minor injuries. The 612, however, wasn’t so lucky. Due to the unfortunate angle at which the Ferrari hit the pole, the car split in two with the engine and the right front wheel being smashed off from the rest of the car. They actually became lodged against the offending pole, while the rest of the car continued down the road.
Even though the rear leg-room in the 612 Scaglietti is limited to say the least, three passengers were in the car alongside the driver, but they too managed to escape the crash without injury.
It’s currently unclear what caused the crash, but an egotistical owner trying to impress the passengers by showing the true performance capabilities of the car is a likely reason behind the incident.
Follow the jump to check out another video of the wreck!
The Raceway at Laguna Seca is one of the most technical tracks in the world, but it is also one of the fastest, thanks to its six straightaway sections, five of them coming directly before very tight turns. The worst of the bunch, and nearly every car racing buff knows this, are turns No. 8 and 8A, also known as the corkscrew.
The problem with the corkscrew is that it is right after a long straightaway and a soft turn, so drivers tend to come in just a little too fast. Well, it looks like even Ferraris can become victimized by the infamous corkscrew, as a rather pricy 458 Italia had a nice concrete-and-tire sandwich when the driver miscalculated the corkscrew and went flying off of the course at last weekend’s Ferrari Racing Days.
Typically when a driver miscalculates the corkscrew, he is going just a shade too fast and spins out. This driver was going so fast that the Italia didn’t even turn with the front wheels, as the laws of inertia took over and slammed it into the tire-lined wall. Fortunately for us, an amateur cameraman caught the carnage on tape for us to see.
Also fortunate was the driver, as he only came away with a few bumps and bruises, the worst of the bruises being the one on his ego after screwing up on the most legendary turn on this famed raceway.
Our hats go off to the cameraman for picking the perfect spot and getting this film on YouTube for all of us to chuckle at and cringe a little as we watch this machine get destroyed. In case you don’t feel like watching 25 seconds of Ferraris properly negotiating the corkscrew and want to get right to the carnage, just skip forward to the 25-second mark of the above video.
It seems that Ferrari learned nothing from the previousfire problems the 458 Italia had in the past. The new FF is being reported to have the same issues: a number of three cars recently caught fire, with the latest one being located in Poland (previous two were in Germany in November 2011 and China in February 2012).
The incident took place on the A4 highway near Krakow, Sunday at 19:23. It seems that the fire started spontaneously and according to the driver it went from the cockpit down to the pedals. Luckily he managed to get out of the car in time, but despite his efforts and the help from two fire brigade, the car was completely destroyed.
Ferrari has already recalled a number of FF models from the Chinese market built before December 2011. The problem announced for those models was excessive oil lubrication circuit-processing residues. However, we are pretty sure that a massive FF recall will happen pretty soon.
Despite their often feather-light bodies and extreme powerful engines, supercars are some of the safest cars on the planet thanks in part to the extensive use of composite materials, such as carbon fiber. However, no amount of safety can save people from recklessness as highlighted in the following crash which occurred recently in Singapore.
The Ferrari 599 GTO, which is the fastest car ever produced by Ferrari, was being driven by local businessman Ma Chi when it collided with a taxi after the GTO ran a red light, killing the taxi driver, taxi passenger, and Ma Chi himself.
A motorcycle was also involved in the incident with the rider escaping with serious spinal injuries, while the 20-year-old female passenger from the Ferrari suffered head injuries and was treated on the scene. As you would expect, the scene of the crash was littered with debris and the most surprising thing to come out of this crash is that it all seems to have been caught on tape.
A GIF image reportedly showing the Ferrari running a red light and hitting the taxi was posted on Twitter and soon converted into a YouTube video which you can see after the jump.
It’s currently unclear if alcohol was involved in the incident, but whatever caused the crash, three people have died and 2 others have been seriously injured so no amount of inquests or autopsies will ever heal the wounds of those who lost loved ones in this traumatic crash.
The moral of this story is extremely clear: Never run red lights and always drive responsibly.
Rear-end collisions involving supercars are no new thing. A large percentage of their owners have no real regard for the speed limit and tend to launch these super-expensive machines into the rear end of slower-moving vehicles. Because of how common these wrecks are, we typically pass them off as not newsworthy.
Of course, when an accident looks more like it happened during the red carpet affair at the Emmy Awards ceremonies, our ears tends to perk up a little. This time around, a $200K Ferrari California “lightly tapped” the rear end of what appears to be a Lincoln stretched limo. By “lightly tapped,” we ultimately mean slammed into the rear end at a fairly high rate of speed.
This California driver hit the rear end of the limo so hard that it pushed this massive luxury transporter forward hard enough to smash it into the rear of yet another Lincoln stretched limo. We managed to scrounge up a video of the accident’s aftermath, but unfortunately, we were not able to find footage of the actual accident, which was likely an extravagant display of speed and complete disregard for public safety.
By looking at the accident’s results, it doesn’t look like anyone was hurt. The Ferrari owner’s wallet, on the other hand, is likely hurting pretty badly, as is his ego. You really have to wonder how fast this guy was driving to push a car nearly three to four times its weight forward into another car, while at a stop.
Sit back, enjoy the above video, and have a nice chuckle. Let this be a warning though, just because you drive a supercar, you are not automatically a super driver.
China’s political party has been under fire recently with news of Bo Xilai getting the old heave ho after trying to remove the police chief from his position during a corruption investigation involving Xilai’s family. The internet with bezerk with the news and social media just hasn’t been the same in Asia. In fact, transfer of power in the Communist party is scheduled to be done in Fall 2012 and government officials are worried that this uproar will rock the boat way too much to do so.
Now, another incident has sparked the Chinese population’s interest in political unbalance. Early Sunday morning, a man was driving his Ferrari 458 at high speeds when he crashed in Beijing, splitting his car in two. The man died and the two women in the vehicle were severely injured. So far, this amounts to another tragic accident involving a superior sports car, but people in China are taking it even more seriously. Turns out, the internet went abuzz with rumors that the driver of the vehicle was a son of a senior communist party official, adding even more concern over the faltering balance in government. A story in the New York Times takes it a bit further by stating that Bo Xilai’s son, Guagua, actually drives a red Ferrari.
Blogs, websites, and search engines were being so heavily crowded with intrigue that any and all information surrounding the crash was removed from the internet altogether, as was the capability of searching for anything Ferrari-related.
A son of a political official driving a Ferrari raises a few question on its own. Some may wonder how a civil servant could afford to buy his son such a pricey sports car, while others may just get angry at the fact that government officials can afford these types of luxuries when others are stricken with poverty. When you throw in the minor detail that the son of an official who was being investigated for corruption drives a car like the one in question, then all hell is bound to break loose.
We’ll stay on top of the story and relay any details as soon as we get them.
Back in September of 2011, an Edo Competition Ferrari Enzo FXX Evoluzione became the talk of the auto world after it plunged hood first into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean during its run at the Targa Newfoundland 2011.
As a result of its oceanic plunge, the Enzo suffered severe damages that shot up to over $100,000. But here’s where it gets interesting; 56-year-old supecar dealer Zahir Rana owns the aforementioned race car and has already brought the car back to Edo Competition in Germany to get it fixed and re-tuned to become bigger, better, and faster than what it previously was.
After all the work is done on the car, Rana plans on heading back to the Targa Newfoundland with his fully repaired Enzo boasting of even more power - a whopping 950 horsepower - than its previous 860-horsepower incarnation.
"Next year I’m going back again with twenty cars. All my friends and clients are now envious," Rana said. "I’m looking forward to it."
Certainly, Mr. Rana; you’re not the only one who’s looking forward to seeing the reborn Enzo in all its glorious power. Just be sure to keep on the road the next time.
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.
It’s always sad when we have to report on a crashed supercar, but this latest accident takes that depression to epic proportions. Not one, not two, but eight Ferraris, as well as a Lamborghini, two Mercedes models, and two Toyota models have been utterly destroyed this past weekend during a terrible crash on a highway in Japan. The Ferraris destroyed were: several F355 units, an F-360, and an F-430. The losses are being estimated at around $1.5 million, but some are reporting losses of up to $4 million! Fortunately no one was seriously injured in the accident, but 10 people sustained bruising and minor injuries, probably to their egos as well as their bodies.
"The accident occurred when the driver of a red Ferrari was switching from the right lane to the left and skidded," said Mitsuyoshi Isejima, Executive Officer for Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Expressway Traffic Police unit. "It was a gathering of narcissists."
The driver responsible, a 60-year-old man may face up to three months in jail or a fine of as much as $1,280 - considering the damage, we’d say he got off easy. The police officers needed about six hours to clear the highway, although it may take the drivers a lifetime to forget this horrific experience ever happened.
Hit the jump for the video.
We seriously don’t know how anybody could find any semblance of positive vibes on this item, let alone look at it without even wincing at the thought of the history behind the compacted piece of metal encased inside.
Nonetheless, this piece of work comes from the mind of celebrated designer, Charly Molinelli of Molinelli Designs, and in his twisted and rather eccentric mind, this passes along as a work of art. But from our end, the Crashed Ferrari Coffee Table is just extremely hard to look at.
It’s strange, we’ll give him that, especially when the highlight of the whole piece is a compressed cube of what was once a Ferrari that was fitted inside the glass-top table. Some people who share in Molinelli’s way of thinking may enjoy the sheer absurdity of this work and unbelievably, some people have already voiced their interest in the product.
We’re pretty sure that the Crashed Ferrari Coffee Table will come with a price befitting the esteem of the brand inside it - if it were in pristine shape.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. And if given a choice, we’re going to stay away from this product because the mere sight of it has us considering suicidio.
After the 458 Italia’s official debut, Ferrari had many issues with units of the model catching fire all over the world. So much so, that they had to launch an investigation to find the source of the problem. It ended up being the adhesive used in the wheel-arch assemblies which, in certain circumstances, began to overheat, smoke, and even catch fire.
Of course, just as one problem is resolved, another arises. With the launch of every new car, new problems arrive and, sometimes, even old problems resurface. During a recent test drive, a Ferrari FF caught fire and was entirely destroyed by the flames. According to the 44 year-old customer test driving the vehicle, a loud bang was heard at the rear at the car right before the car burst into flames. Thankfully, the man walked away unharmed, but the same cannot be said of the FF.
Let’s just hope this is a fluke and that Ferrari learned their lesson with the 458 Italia and changed adhesives.
Hit the jump to see the video of the incident.
There are times when we look back on some of the pieces here and still get a chuckle over what some loony did to their supercar that the latter certainly didn’t deserve. Certainly, we haven’t forgotten the Veyron-diving episode from a couple of years ago; that memory’s still fresh on our minds.
Now, it looks as if a recent car crash will join Andy House - the man behind the Veyron - in the annals of all-time dumb car crashes.
This time, the dubious honor goes to Zahir Rana, the owner of the ZR Auto Dealership. We don’t know the full details of how it exactly happened, but apparently, Rana was behind the wheel of his EDO Competition Ferrari Enzo when the car all of a sudden made a dive straight into the Atlantic Ocean.
The race car was participating at the Targa Newfoundland 2011 when the whole debacle happened. We’ll try to find more details, but for now, we have these pictures of the car taking an unexpected dip in the Atlantic, as well as a video showing the entire incident down to the recovery of the Ferrari.