Oops: Newly Wed Couple Crash a Rented McLaren 650S
A wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days in a person’s life. It’s especially important for the bride and groom, though I can argue that guests can have their own version of fun at these events. Unfortunately, things can still go awry, as one person will attest after crashing a rented McLaren 650S into a tree in what could very well be one of the most ill-timed and expensive attempts at showing off.
Specific details on what happened are still unclear, but the end result is as crystal as they come. The rented McLaren 650S incurred significant damage because the driver thought it was a good idea to mess around with the supercar’s launch control figure. I’m not sure if the driver didn’t know the purpose of launch control or he just made a mistake in engaging it; it doesn’t matter now either way. The point is that because of his tomfoolery, the 650S’ front end is barely recognizable after smooching with the tree. The hood looks like a crumpled piece of paper and both air bags actually deployed. All of that means that the 650S probably launched close to where the tree was and the suddenness of the car’s acceleration startled the driver, leaving him with precious little time to correct his error to at least avoid hitting the tree.
I don’t know who’s going to have to foot the bill for the supercar’s repairs, but I can tell you that given its state, I wouldn’t be surprised if the cost of repairs goes up to six figures. Lesson learned, folks. There’s no harm in renting a McLaren 650S for a wedding and then proudly show it off to all the other guests. Just make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. And don’t forget to purchase the best insurance policy at the rental counter.
Pink Floyd’s Drummer Crashes His McLaren F1 GTR
This past weekend, the Goodwood Circuit hosted the 75th Members’ Meeting, which brought (as usual) an impressive lineup of classic and more recent race cars to the iconic British track. Unfortunately, this event also saw a highly collectible car leave the track and slam into an outside wall. I’m talking about a McLaren F1 GTR driven by none other than Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.
A fan of historic racing and noted classic car collector, Mason took his F1 GTR for a spin on the Goodwood track and things obviously didn’t work that well. Although the video doesn’t provide clues as to how the GTR slammed into the wall, it’s safe to assume that Mason lost control of the powerful race car and went spinning into the green. It doesn’t appear as if he was driving at high speed, but the damage is pretty extensive, with the front bumper, left fender, and left headlamp needing to be replaced now.
This isn’t necessarily an issue since McLaren still provides parts and even takes care of repair process, but bringing the car back to its original state will be pretty expensive. Especially if the suspension and electronics suffered damage too. Okay, so maybe Mason won’t have trouble paying for the repairs, but it’s still painful to see a rare car like this — only 28 were built — take damage. On the other hand, it’s actually good to see that Mason’s F1 GTR gets some track action instead of spending its life in a garage.
Mason, who recently turned 73, is a big classic and race car enthusiast, most known for owning various Ferraris. His collection includes one of the 39 Ferrari GTOs, an Enzo, and a 512S race car, among others.
McLaren 650 S Totaled In Multi-Vehicle Crash
Car crashes are never a good thing, but when something like this happens to a McLaren 650 S, you can’t help but get knots in your stomach. The damage you see to the 650 S is nothing short of devastating. It’s totalled beyond repair as reports have come in that the McLaren was street racing when the crash occurred. The front section is literally gone with debris scattered around it as another car, an Audi A6, also suffered significant damage.
According to witnesses, the 650 S was racing with what is believed to be either a black Dodge Charger or Challenger at the time of the crash. At some point, the driver of the 650 S, a man believed to be in his 40s, lost control of the car and crashed straight into the unsuspecting A6 and causing all that destruction. The drivers of the 650 S and the A6 were both taken to a hospital immediately after the crash. The McLaren driver has since been released but unfortunately, the Audi driver, a man believed to be in his 60s or 70s, has suffered significant injuries.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Dodge that was reportedly racing with the McLaren at the time of the crash fled the scene before the police arrived. Local authorities are still looking for the car and its driver.
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Going by these tragic pictures out of Dallas, Texas, it’s sure looking like there’s one less McLaren P1 in the world, and if that’s not cringe-worthy enough, this example was less than a day old. A $1-million, 903-horsepower hybrid hypercar is something to be driven and enjoyed, but it’s also not a car that should be trifled with. Its performance has been well documented in these halls, but when a car like the P1 is capable of hitting 60 mph in 2.6, even the lightest brush of the throttle is enough to land you in jail or, worse yet, get you in some serious trouble with any nearby solid objects.
According to investigators, the driver lost control after hitting a wet patch and smashed into the guardrail at 7:41 a.m. on Wednesday, November 26. Judging by the damage on all sides it looks like the P1 was traveling at some pretty high speeds before it struck the guardrail and possibly even flipped end over end. The passenger-side door was also removed after the accident, possibly to extract the occupants.
Luckily, no one was seriously hurt in the accident. The 27-year-old driver and 24-year-old passenger were taken to Parkland Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The occupants probably have the incredibly strong construction of the MonoCage safety cell to thank for that. The P1 isn’t just bonkers fast; it’s also bonkers safe.
The crash is still under investigation, so some new details still may come to light, but it’s been confirmed with the dealer that sold the car, Park Place Premier Collection, that it had been picked up just one day before the crash. Going by the pictures snapped by Instagram user @davesplace, it’s hard to tell the full extent of the damage. It could be salvageable, but usually when a carbon tub is cracked or damaged, it’s pretty much done. Hopefully, this 1-in-375 rarity is an exception.
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Rowan Atkinson’s name is tied to yet another car crash with a McLaren F1. This time, though, he wasn’t the one who crashed the supercar, but was actually one of the first to help the guy who did. Atkinson was driving his F1 in a convoy of fellow F1 owners driving along Tuscany when a man identified as a rich American businessman lost control of his F1 and crashed it into a tree before flipping over.
Knowing a thing or two about crashing the F1, Mr. Bean sprung into action, helping out the injured driver as medical personnel headed to the scene. Bystanders spotted the British actor picking up pieces of wreckage from the McLaren, all while presumably having flashbacks to his own crash three years ago.
Fortunately, the driver didn’t sustain any serious injuries and is reportedly in good condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Pisa. The same, though, can’t be said for the F1, which looks like a mangled heap that’ll probably give insurance companies nightmares for a long time. Hopefully the rig survives to live another day, as McLaren built only 64 road-ready F1 units.
For the record, this F1 is chassis No. 72. This particular red-and-white paint scheme is actually part of a pair of bespoke McLarens, as there is a matching McLaren 12C out there too. McLaren dubbed this matching pair "Project 8."
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Today is both a day of somber remembrance and a day of historical celebration. It was on this day, 20 years ago in 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix that Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna lost his life.
McLaren, the F1 team Senna spent most of his career with, has posted up this short video celebrating one of his most incredible driving experiences at Monte Carlo. The words are Senna’s own, and his description of the moment is a spine-tingling demonstration of why many believe him to be one of the best to ever get in the car.
If you are eager to learn more about Senna after watching this short clip, I wholeheartedly recommend checking out the documentary film, Senna. You can find it on Netflix, and watch it for free. Even if you are not a fan of Formula One racing, the Senna documentary is still and exciting piece of film making that most will find enjoyable.
While it was sad to see Senna go, the deadly weekend at San Marino that took the lives of both Senna and Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger was the final straw that broke the camel’s back on racing safety. An immediate and far-sweeping reform of safety in F1 took place, and since then not a single F1 driver has lost his life on the track.
It seems that in both life, and after, Senna changed the way the world saw Formula One racing forever.
There are a handful of cars that cost over $1 million. However, for repairs for a car to hit seven figures, well, that’s unheard of…
Not anymore, apparently.
Rowan Atkinson’s McLaren F1, which was destroyed during an accident that occurred back in August 2011, is now up and running again. Now, repairing a totally mangled supercar of the stature of the McLaren F1 takes a pretty long time, as McLaren engineers will attest after spending more than a year restoring the car to run again. With that much time spent on just putting the car back together, costs for the repair eventually ran up to the tune of £910,000 ($1.44 million).
That figure is even more remarkable considering that it’s three times as expensive as any other repair claim that has been documented in the UK. Just a hunch: Mr. Atkinson’s insurance company will no doubt raise his insurance rates after this deal – whether they paid for it or not.
Granted, it’s a McLaren F1. But still, $1 million for repairing a car is just absurd.
Note: Photo above is not Rowan Atkinson’s restored McLaren F1
A number of 25 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 will be racing during the 2012 season, two of them coming from Gemballa Racing: one for VLN and one for ADAC GT Masters. However, Gemballa’s debut wasn’t as impressive as the company might have expected, because their car signed up for the VLN series during this past week-end had a tragic end.
While the causes of the crash are still unknown a video taken after the crash reveal that the car is in a very bad situation. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but for sure we won’t see it racing any time soon.
For those of you who have forgotten, the GT3 features the same 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 as the standard model, a carbon fiber safety cell, a racing front-splitter, a large fixed rear wing and a rear diffuser that offers it better stability at high speeds.
You can’t say that the people over at McLaren aren’t busting their chops in trying to achieve a record-breaking run, can you? Whether or not the Woking, England-based automaker was attempting to do a hot lap with the MP4-12C at the Nurburgiring to determine the car’s full capacity, one thing we do know is that at some point, every automaker that has had aspirations of holding the fastest lap time at the ’Ring and McLaren is no exception.
So when word came out that McLaren ended up crashing an MP4-12C at the Nurburgring as part of their ’final testing’, a lot of curious eyebrows were raised, particularly on whether this testing included an attempt in breaking the fastest lap time at the world-famous race track.
According to witnesses, the crash caused a large impact that brought about significant damage to the guard rail, as well as causing a massive amount of fuel spillage on the stretch of the race track where the accident happened. As a result of the crash, the public session that was supposed to follow the private session ended up getting delayed because of what was deemed a ’roadworks zone’ on that part of the track.
McLaren, of course, has neither confirmed or denied this report, opting to contain the situation by keeping mum on the matter. With all the witnesses and reports coming around, though, it looks as if a final prototype of the MP4-12C was indeed involved in some kind of accident. Whether it was during an attempt at the ’Ring record is another matter, but it’s still probably best for these chaps to drive their cars with proper caution next time.
We love talking about cars. It’s not only our job, but our passion as well. Unfortunately, every once in awhile - actually much more often than we feel we should - we have to discuss certain incidences that cause us to file the vehicle under "car obituaries". Usually it’s a Ferrari, maybe a new Lamborghini, but when it’s a super-rare McLaren F1, its hard to even look at the picture, let alone write about it.
According to the police reports, the saidMcLaren F1 was sailing at high speeds down the tarmac of the German Autobahn when it swerved to avoid hitting a car. In doing so, the F1 successfully struck two other cars. Now we don’t know if it’s just us, but based on the damage to the car, either the F1 is a tank or the car was not going warp speed. Nevertheless, the estimated repair costs come in at a cool 80,000 pounds, which translates to a $130,000 hole in your pocket. That’s enough to cover an intact Ferrari 360, maybe even a couple BMWs.
Of course, to own a McLaren F1 basically means that your bank account isn’t scarce by any means and repairing the supercar probably won’t translate into a monetary dilemma for the owner, but that doesn’t change the fact that this incident is simply tear-producing news.
One unlucky Californian decided to expose his McLaren F1 to the elements and stretch the super car’s legs after sitting in storage for six months. As the owner was enjoying a cruise in his 6.0 Liter V12 BMW powered, carbon fiber bodied and F1 inspired speed bubble the driver was alerted by a fellow motorist that there was smoke coming from the McLaren’s engine bay. Within 10 minutes of pulling over to the side of the road, the entire $2 Million machine was engulfed in flames. It was a total loss. The McLaren F1’s creator, Gordon Murray, sent 106 of his babies out into the world; now there is one less.
Looking on the bright side, the F1 was insured for $3 Million. So just like when Eddie Murphy broke the Ming vase in Trading Places, the former McLaren owner has just turned a profit. But being a true car guy, he would probably rather have his baby back. However, I have to wonder if he left a rag in the engine bay when detailing the car half a year ago and just forgot to check before he went out for spin.