No real supercar or high-performance car fan could honestly claim that they occasionally wonder about whether their driving skills would be up to coping with a car that is capable of blasting from zero to 100km/h in under three seconds. 

After all, there are F1 drivers for a reason. They are among the few mortals on this earth capable of travelling at shattering speeds, processing information thrown at them from the pits and making split-second decisions at the same time.

So what happens when things go wrong? The answer is simple — you are left with tangled heaps of costly scrap metal. 

Mercifully, because few people have the sort of budget for a supercar, road incidents are few and far between. On the downside, when they happen, they are gleefully reported. 

Sinful supercar accidents:

  • The loss of about R69.1 million worth of Mercedes, Ferraris and a Lamborghinis in Japan. It appears that a Ferrari was out on a Sunday breakfast run with a club when the driver (obviously without F1 skills) tried to change lanes and hit the central reservation. He spun across the road and took out some equally expensive metal. At least 14 vehicles were involved. 

The Toyota Prius that was caught up in the carnage at least ended its life in some illustrious company.

Two of the Ferraris involved in the car accident in Japan. Image: thenationale.ae
  • In 2017, a British driver of a Ferrari GTO – remember we reported on one being sold for a ‘bargain price’ of $80 million recently – took his 1964 beauty missed a Corvette Stingray, and nearly rear-ended another Ferrari.  However, he did destroy the right-hand side of the GTO. Nobody recorded what officials at the Goodwood Circuit Revival for classic cars had to say. 

Perhaps they should change the name of the event…

  • The German driver of a 2007 Pagani Zonda Roadster F was travelling at 200km/h on a high-speed Autostrada when he lost control, his car and his licence while taking part in an illegal street race.
  • So much for racing. We can probably sympathise more easily with the woman driving sedately in Monte Carlo. She crashed and injured a Bently Azure, a Ferrari, a Mercedes S class, an Aston Martin and a Porsche. 

At least she wasn’t selective in her brand vehicle shopping expedition. 

Mr Bean and Anton Rupert not spared

The really unfortunate are the drivers who get named when they are involved in accidents.  Think about Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) who crashed his McLaren F1 into a tree and walked away to watch the car catch fire.

Maybe he should have stuck with the 1964 Ford Falcon he was driving when interviewed by Jeremy Clarkson earlier that year.

Image via englandtwitter

But South Africans shouldn’t get too smug. 

About 11 years ago, Johann Rupert, son of Anton Rupert who owns the Franschhoek Motor Museum, had an accident in a rare Ferrari F50. Thankfully, the damage was minor with Rupert Snr reporting that only rims and tyres were damaged. 

But, as long as there is the internet, Johann and the Ferrari will be forever linked.  

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