Things you don’t want to happen while driving your 8000bhp funnycar at 260mph:
- The bodywork to come off
- The engine to explode
Which is pretty unfortunate for drag racer, Matt Hagan, because that’s precisely what happened during qualifying for the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Hagan’s marginally terrifying funny car dropped an intake valve into one of its cylinders, launching big lumps of engine and bodywork across three of the four race lanes.
Amazingly, he was completely unharmed, affording him the opportunity to get in a massive great big strop after the crash. Which seems perfectly reasonable - this is the third consecutive year that Hagan’s been involved in an explosion at the Four-Wide Nationals.
Now this one doesn’t involve supercars or driving but it probably takes the cake for most expensive. From WP:
During the early hours of 14 December 2002, while traveling from Zeebrugge to Southampton with a load of nearly 3,000 automobiles, she collided with the Kariba, a 1982 Bahamian-flagged container ship. The Kariba was able to continue on, but Tricolor sank where she was struck, some 20 miles north of the French coast in the English Channel. While no lives were lost, the ship remained lodged on her side in the mud of the 30 metres (98 ft) deep waterway.
The cargo of 2,871 new cars – mostly from premium German and Swedish manufacturers including BMW, Volvo and SAAB – was removed from the wreck and destroyed, approximately £30m (representing a retail value of £60m) worth. Most oil was removed from the ship’s tanks soon after it sank, but during the salvage there was a small 540-tonne oil spill, sparking concern.
The internet’s been fizzing all day today with reports of a very painful, very expensive 14-car crash on the Chugoku highway in Shimonoseki, Japan. Largely because it involved a convoy of Ferraris. And a Toyota Prius.
The lead driver of said convoy, which was journeying to Hiroshima for a supercar meet, attempted to change lanes but hit a barrier, spun out and caused all the cars to crash horribly, embroiling a Toyota in the process. Luckily, nobody was injured. But it remains a deeply troubling sight.
Something else has also unsettled us.
Depending on your news source of choice, there were eight Ferraris involved, three Mercedes-Benzes, a Nissan Skyline and a Lamborghini Diablo.
Now, we’ve had a look at all the footage and we can only identify six Ferraris (two 355s, a black 360 with racy bolt-on parts, a red 360 with racy bolt-on parts, a 430 Scuderia and a cocaine-white 512 Testarossa). But no Lamborghini. Or Skyline.
What’s got us most confused is the estimate of these destroyed cars collective worth. If you believe The Telegraph, the total adds up to as much as $4 million, while BBC News claims 300 million Yen (or $3.8 million)….
But the costs of these cars do not equal up to anywhere near $1MM.
So what *is* the most expensive supercar crash in the world?