Rowan Atkinson McLaren F1
It seems not every massive collision in a McLaren damns it to the scrapyard. Rowan Atkinson, the actor made famous by his role as Mr. Bean, crashed his McLaren F1 twice while he owned it. The second collision cost his insurer millions – literally – to repair after the car was nearly torn in two. Rowan Atkinson sold the twice-smashed McLaren F1 for the tidy sum of $12 million USD in 2015 despite the crash history. I hope he bought a bumper car to replace it.
Ferrari 458 Italia Race Crash
In 2013, a driver lost control of his Ferrari 458 Italia at a race in Suzuka, Japan. The supercar crashed into a barrier by the pits and is utterly vaporized. Bits of its carbon fiber body rained down while one of the tires skitters across the track. The passenger cell comes to a rest on its roof a short distance away.
It doesn’t look like a crash anyone could survive, but the driver makes it after a stint in hospital. A track official nearly loses his life in the crash also but manages to dive out of the way in the nick of time and suffers just minor injuries.
Bugatti Veyron Makes a Splash
One of the first owners of a Bugatti in the United States made news with his 1,200-horsepower supercar. Crashes like this don’t happen every day and, unfortunately for the driver, his “accident” was caught on camera.
Shortly after insuring his new car for almost double its original selling price, he veered off the road and ended up in a lake. The engine took on water and the car was a write-off. He claimed either a pelican distracted him or his cell phone but the video doesn’t corroborate his story. He was prosecuted for fraud and his $2.2-million insurance claim will likely never be settled.View on One Page