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Video: Crashing a Ferrari at 200kmh on the Nürburgring

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Watching this amazing video, at first glance you might wonder what on Earth just went wrong. This Ferrari 458 Challenge just goes sideways and heads towards the barriers at a little over 200kmh...

Key to understanding this dramatic (but injury-free) crash is that the owner (a BTG member who has starred here before) is a lucky chap that has both RHD and LHD cars to play with. Much like myself, except my metal is definitely not so exotic.

Anyway. The point is, the driver clips the grass with the weight-bearing right-hand-side of the car.  Just as the 458 is pitched flat-oot into the fast and final left of Kesselchen. It's something I've experienced myself from both the passenger and drivers side of cars at the 'Ring. One wheel in the grass spells disaster...

Keen observers will recognise the pilot and maybe even the co-pilot too. Neither are newbies to the 'Ring. I've made this mistake a couple of times, but luckily not had a result as spectacularly bad as this. So to all regular swappers of RHD to LHD or vice-versa, try and keep the width of your car in mind. Maybe brush a few kerbs in obvious places to help 'calibrate' your brain to the new perspective and relative widths on each side.

And Ferrarista rest assured that the 458 Challenge is already back in showroom state, but with the addition of much improved suspension setup with a lot more compression and rebound stroke... (see why it needed that here!).

   

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