#1: Lamborghini Huracan Split in Half by Light Pole
600 horsepower is a wonderful thing. A Lamborghini Huracan, too, is something amazing to behold. However, finding yourself in a Lamborghini Huracan with 600hp aimed at a 2.5’-wide sheet-steel light post is quite an alarming thing.
On Saturday, August 13th, 2016, a crash occurred just outside of Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. Most traffic crashes aren’t seen by anyone, but those immediately passing by- this crash was broadcast around the midwest. A Lamborghini Huracan was traveling southbound on South Columbus drive when a Lincoln sedan suddenly pulled out in front of the raging bull. The two vehicles collided and caused the lightened supercar to go veering off the road into a light post. Upon contact, the Huracan split in two. Just behind the driver’s seat, the chassis, bodywork, and anti-roll bars simultaneously sheared and left half a Lamborghini on either side of the road. Stunned onlookers soon rushed to what was left of the supercar. One man, Andre King, smelled fuel leaking from the wreckage and pulled the unresponsive driver out of the metal. Shortly after carrying him to safety, King turned to watch the front half explode in a tall fireball. EMS crews and multiple fire departments soon arrived and put out the blaze. The driver was rushed to a nearby hospital in fair condition, having shockingly only suffered minor crash-related injuries.
#2: Ex-Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump’s Restaurant Gets a Surprise Remodel by a Ferrari F-430
Ferraris and other exotics are more or less expected commodities in West Hollywood. Not every day, though, do we see one which flies off the road, over the sidewalk, and through a restaurant during their busy Sunday Brunch. The white Ferrari F-430’s crash is still under review from the local Sheriff's office.
On January 5th, 2020, former Real Housewives star, Lisa Venderpump’s boutique restaurant, Pump, was partially demolished. The Ferrari was traveling at a high rate of speed on Santa Monica Blvd when it struck the front window of Pump at about 2 P.M. Luckily, only one individual was injured. She was rushed to medical attention and soon released with minor lacerations from the shattered glass. Vanderpump later tweeted, “No. We are not a drive-thru. Thank God no one was hurt”.
#3: Mechanic’s Test Drive Leaves Ferrari F40 in Pieces
There are few vehicles in the world that are spoken of in hushed tones and hallowed like a fallen saint. The Ferrari F40 is forever cemented as a member of that elite club. Unfortunately, being expensive and rare is not synonymous with being invincible—a point found by a Houston mechanic on August 11th, 2011.
To properly set the stage, we must examine the background of the incident. This gorgeous F40 was not bought by a collector who merely wanted to earn some equity. The owner of this particular car bought it new in the early nineties and drove it consistently until the time of the crash. The vehicle was in the hands of a tech while the owner was on a business trip in Europe. During what should have been a routine test drive, the vehicle jumped a curb and smashed through a fence. Eye witness reports indicate the driver was at a speed between 70 and 90 mph despite a posted 35 mph limit. In 2011, a Ferrari F40 in good condition could easily fetch $600,000. In 2020, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one under $1.7 mil. Due to the heavy front-end and frame damage, the Ferrari was treated as a total loss. It remains unclear whether the accident was the result of negligence or mechanical failure. In any case, it will remain an extremely expensive one-vehicle crash as the driver was treated for minor injuries, and the car will never recover.
#4: BMW X5 Rams into Mclaren Dealership in Scottsdale, Arizona
Typically, a crash involving a BMW will be blamed on the German car’s driver not using their blinker or talking on the phone. This may be one of the first documented cases where it is not the Bavarian’s fault but still results in two deceased supercars.
On March 14th, 2020, the driver of the X5, Paul Dubois, was sideswiped while driving past the premier Mclaren dealership in Arizona. Losing control, Dubois slammed into a Mclaren 720s, which was waiting on the demo patio. The force of the crash pushed the supercar into the glass doors of the dealership, causing subsequent damage to other vehicles. Luckily, it appears that no people were hurt in the incident. The $300,000 720s was severely damaged and is likely totaled. It is unclear at this point how many other supercars were seriously harmed. We rarely see exotics in any crash testing outside of the real world. This, then, is what it looks like when a family SUV traveling with the flow of traffic hits a parked supercar.
#5: Tracy Morgan's Bugatti Veyron Sideswiped Minutes After its Purchase
Admittedly, this is not the most outlandish crash from a destruction perspective. However, we have to appreciate the awful timing surrounding comedian and actor, Tracy Morgan.
Just minutes after purchasing the nearly $2 mil hypercar, Morgan made it half a mile from Manhattan Motorcars before being sideswiped by a woman driving a Honda CR-V. Chapman is fuming and cursing in multiple eye-witness videos and claims that nothing to do with the crash was his fault. The police arriving on the scene in Hell’s Kitchen seemed to agree, and he was sent on his way. This incident came within a few days of the anniversary of the actor’s enormous crash five years ago. At that time, Chapman was traveling in a limo with colleagues when a Walmart supply truck hit the vehicle at a high rate of speed. Consequently, Morgan spent an enormous amount of time in an intensive care unit and subsequent P.T. The actor has indeed had a rough automotive go-of-it recently but does join the small club of people who have crashed the rare French hypercar capable of 255 mph. Ironically, his accident occurred at less than 20 mph.