The Most Expensive Car Crash in History

The Most Expensive Car Crash in History

Sunday morning eight Ferraris, three Mercedes and a Lamborghini were caught up in a 14-car pile-up on the Chugoku Expressway in southern Honshu, western Japan.

The cars were traveling at over 90mph, when one of the drivers lost control of his vehicle while trying to change lanes on the wet, slippery road. The trailing cars couldn’t avoid the vehicle, that went spinning after hitting the barrier.

Ten people (five men and five women) were taken to hospital, but no one was seriously injured.

This is probably the most expensive car crash in history, with a combined value of over $4 million.

 

New Record for the Ferrari 599xx at the Nürburgring [update: VIDEO]

New Record for the Ferrari 599xx at the Nürburgring [update: VIDEO]

Ferrari 599xx

The Ferrari 599XX is the first ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier on the classic 20.832 km Nordschleife circuit, lapping in 6 min 58.16 sec.

Yes, ladies and gentleman, it was announced in Beijing that the beastly 599xx has officially broken the 7 minute barrier!

The 599xx has seen the introduction of a few technological advancements, which will probably be ported over to the other Ferrari models in the future. Amongst them:

  1. The wheel doughnuts of F1 derivation which serve two purposes – to reduce turbulence and thus drag, and improve brake cooling.
  2. Ferrari’s High-Performance Dynamic Concept, a novel integrated design and chassis set-up that uses sophisticated electronics to govern the mechanical limits of the handling for maximum performance.
  3. The Actiflow™ System that increases downforce and/or cuts drag depending on the car’s trim during cornering.

via Ferrari.com

Hamann’s Black Alloy Wheels for the 458 Italia

Hamann’s Black Alloy Wheels for the 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia on Hamann Alloy Wheels

The guys at Hamann are at it again, and they’ve got a brand new 458 Italia in their hands. Luckily (for us who love the way the 458 looks as it is), this time they’ve only modified the wheels, developing black, ultra-light 21 inch alloy wheels with a cross-spoke design.

Ferrari 458 Italia on Hamann Alloy Wheels

Ferrari Patents Revolutionary Door Opening

Ferrari has just filed a patent for a new type of door opening that will make it very easy to get in and out of the low sports cars from Maranello.

The doors will include part of the front wing and will hinge upward, a solution that will allow the driver to place his foot directly behind the front wheel. This is an easy and cost-effective solution, according to Ferrari, preferable to the “traditional” gullwing doors.

Check out the patent drawings for yourself:

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[via Autocar]