In what might have been one of the most expensive car crashes of the year, a Ferrari California and a Ferrari 458 Spider – both in the classic red livery – were totally destroyed after coming to grief while being driven at high speeds during an exotic car rally in China.
The accident occurred on the Yulin city section of the Baotou-Maoming Expressway in Shaanxi province on Monday after the two drivers – part of a convoy of Ferrari enthusiasts – simultaneously lost control of their vehicles on the wet tarmac and slammed into the guard rails.
The £150,000 Ferrari California sustained massive damage to its front end and was instantly written off. The 458 Spider (like the one pictured above) suffered an even worse fate – the £200,000 car was all but obliterated in the smash, with its V8 engine ripped from the chassis and coming to rest some distance from the rest of the debris. The drivers and their insurance companies face an eye-watering £350,000 bill to replace the cars.
Luxury car racing by wealthy Chinese has stirred up a debate in the country after a spate of collisions in recent months, some of which have proved fatal. Although the two drivers in this case reportedly escaped with minor injuries, the accident highlights the dangers of driving such powerful cars at high speeds.
At erento we offer Ferrari hire and we encourage our drivers to take every possible safety precaution before stepping into one. If you are thinking of renting a Ferrari – or any fast car, for that matter – please read our informative feature ‘How To Drive A Supercar‘ for tips on handling a car like this safely and with maximum enjoyment.