Buying supercars engage a lot of responsibility apart from the track shenanigans one would want to do to quench their thirst for speed. A brilliant example of a track-oriented machine that is road legal is the Ferrari 430 Scuderia which was recently bought in the United Kingdom. However, this rich buyer most likely didn’t realise the performance of this brutal machine and crashed it within an hour of his purchase. The baffling part, however, is not just the crash which happened on the M1 when the car went off the highway onto the nearby green patch and finally catching fire, it’s the ‘excuse’ this driver gave to the South Yorkshire Police. According to a report in Fortune, the so-called driver stated to the police that ‘I’ve only just got it’. No wonder the police would have been baffled. The driver sustained minor cuts and bruises, however, if he loves his cars, the damage to his spirit would have been more. “Road conditions were wet at the time and as officers arrived on scene it became clear there was a vehicle well alight and colleagues from South Yorkshire fire and rescue were in attendance squirting water all over some kind of sporty motor some 50 or so metres down a banking,” stated a post from the South Yorkshire Police’s Facebook page.
The Ferrari 430 Scuderia is essentially a Ferrari 430 with higher performance figures and a lighter body. According to Ferrari, the primary reason to build the Scuderia version of the 430 was to showcase the track prowess in a road legal car. The Ferrari 430 Scuderia was furthermore introduced to commemorate the Formula 1 Constructor’s World Championship in 2008. Compared to the standard 430 model, the Scuderia version is 100 kg lighter and has approximately seven more horsepower. A total of 509 hp on tap at 8,500 rpm means it can cross the 100 kmph mark from a standstill in 3.6 seconds onwards to a top speed of 319 kmph. Ferrari claims that around their Fiorano test track in Italy, the 430 Scuderia has a similar timing to the Ferrari Enzo and the 430’s successor, the 458.
Coming back to the car in question here which has been completely gutted to the ground, there will be no coming back from this incident for the driver. Although he wasn’t badly injured or lose his life, such incidents do emphasise that with powerful cars such as this one, the driver of that particular vehicle has to be even more careful.
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