atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#985: Whoops

Over on Jalopnik I saw a link to a video of some guy wrecking a $120,000 Porsche 911 GT3 by driving it too fast on the Nürburgring. He goes into a corner too fast, loses control, and ends up backing into the wall, which flips the car over.

I've seen this happen in real life, when I was at a car show in Iowa in 2003. (I think it was 2003.) There was a big GM show going on at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids, and the local Corvette group was having a track day at the same time. So when I got tired of walking around and looking at stuff I'd head into the stands and watch some rich Corvette nuts hoon their rigs around the track.

One guy with a brand-spanking-new blue Corvette went into the final turn too fast and got sideways. The car essentially made the same maneuver that the Porsche in the linked video did--back end into the wall, and then over. The Corvette did it on pavement, though, bending the A-pillars, smashing the windshield, and generally wreaking havoc with the car's structure. The guy driving the car was completely unhurt. But spending time upside down had allowed oil to come out the intake, as most car engines are not designed to be inverted, which meant at least one piston was probably full of oil. The owner didn't even try to start it; he just dragged his trailer onto the track and winched the broken car into it.

The lousy video quality of the linked video makes it hard to tell how badly damaged the Porsche was, but considering that the windshield and rear spoiler are undamaged, I have to believe that it was probably drivable. Get the oil out of the pistons and I expect it'd be good to go....

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