Skip to comments.Dash Camera Captures Moment Ferrari Hits Taxi at High Speed Killing Three
Posted on 05/21/2012 1:11:56 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
This horrifying footage serves as a reminder of the deadly potential of one of the world's fastest sports cars.
Three people died when a Ferrari 599 GTO ploughed into the side of a taxi while speeding across a city centre junction in Singapore.
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Here's a direct link to the video at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JfAaOABk4g&feature=player_embedded
Why blame the car?
The motorcyclist was on the side of the Ferrari’s approach - he may have literally seen it coming. Reminds me of those old driver’s education films like “Signal 30”.
Just like with dogs. A more powerful dog may or may not be more likely to bite - but if they DO bite - it is much more serious. A more powerful car may or may not be more likely to crash - but if they ARE in a crash - it is much more likely to be a serious high speed crash.
Also there is self selection bias. A particular type of person is drawn to a “muscle car” or a “muscle dog” - and it seems that they are more likely to not keep good control of their dog and/or their car.
I imagine there are less people who buy a Ferrari and don’t (at least once) take it up to ‘ludicrous speed’ than those that do.
I guess I inadvertently placed my name where the author’s name should’ve gone? I didn’t write the opener.. That’s the article at the link! I didn’t blame the car. I emphasized the importance of obeying rules of the road and think this video would definitely make an impression on a younger or new driver.
Thanks for posting this. I just sent it to some younger friends of mine who like to race on the streets.
But proportionality is always key to any analysis.
What % of Ferrari's make it to the end of their lifespan without a crash that totals them compared to, say, a Honda Accord?
What is the likelihood of a fatal crash per mile driven of the Honda Accord vs the Ferrari?
Remember that when you have the green it does not mean it is safe to enter and cross the intersection. Always clear it visually before proceeding.
>>I imagine there are less people who buy a Ferrari and dont (at least once) take it up to ludicrous speed than those that do.<<
When I was in college, I briefly had a ‘69 Buick Wildcat with the BIG 430 engine (no, it wasn’t new). One night, I was driving on a flat straight highway with no place for Smokey to hide. I floored it and got that sucker up to 195+ MPH. My heart was ALSO going 195, so I slowed down but my heart didn’t.
It was a great rush, but also something 1) you should only do when a college kid on a straight open highway; 2) you should only do once (see 1).
But then I drove on the roads and noticed that drivers are, byinlarge, ignorant distracted vicious morons.
Driving a motorcycle on the street with soccer-moms in 2 ton SUV’s on their cellphone while screaming at their bratty kids doesn't have the same appeal to me as being out on a dirt road hauling buttocks!
At that speed the at fault driver would have been a block away and appeared to have been at a safe distance.
You’ll love this obsessive-compulsive non-sequitir
“A particular type of person is drawn to a muscle car or a muscle dog - and it seems that they are more likely to not keep good control of their dog and/or their car.”
An affordable car there would have had to run several stoplights to gain that much speed.
Looking both ways before entering an intersection is always prudent. You have to believe the guy on the bike looked and that is why he is alive today.
True, but most of the time you will see the idiot trying to run the red light.
I have a friend who used to race sprint cars. He used to run his up and down the curvy dead end dirt road he lived on.
He was pretty safe about it. He would call the two other people who lived on the road. He lived at the corner with the main road and put up a barricade so the people who lived down there knew about it.
Nothing like that happens around here. Occasionally there is a herd of goats grazing on the side of the road (they belong to a neighbor) but usually the road is clear unless I use it.
My error. I was responding to the article actually where it says, "the deadly potential of one of the world's fastest sports cars" so I should have quoted it in my reply. Sorry!
But it is such a common error, especially with liberals, when they blame inanimate objects for human failings - even when they blame money for corruption in government instead of corrupt people!
Did you notice how one of the commenters described himself as from “Soviet Britain, EUSSR”?
My FRiend, I’m sure that your late night pedal-to-the-medal adventure may have felt like 195 mph, but I assure you that the connecting rods in that 430 Buick would have broken (along with many other parts) long before you reached that speed. The 430 was redlined by the factory at 5000 rpm, and even with the factory 3.07:1 rear axle, the best you could have hoped for would be perhaps 130+ mph at WOT, which is still nothing to sneeze at. But 195? Uh uh, sorry not buyin’ it. That’s NASCAR velocity.
I know I’ve done the same thing, my first car (’63 Ford Galaxie w/406 and 3-2bbl carburetors) was so fast that I had to drive from the back seat due to the excessive G-forces under acceleration - fortunately, that is where the girls usually were, lol
You are overgeneralizing. I love fast cars and I know a lot of people who love fast cars. None of them would do what the Ferrari driver did.
Are murderers "drawn" to guns?
ARGH, “pedal to the medal” = “pedal to the METAL”, jeez it’s been a long day, lol
Ever seen the YouTube video of the 1955 Le Mans crash?
Looking at this news report, the Ferrari actually held-up pretty well, considering his speed. The Hyundai on the other hand is squished in half.
>>But 195? Uh uh, sorry not buyin it. Thats NASCAR velocity.<<
Well, the Speedometer ended at 160 (back then) and I was still accelerating. My memory says 195, but it just my memory. If you say not possible based on science, I won’t second guess you.
But I had to be dang close to it. That thing just kept going faster. It was a hell of a car.
Too bad I had it at the end of its life. It died of chronic overheating. If I knew then what I know now I could have overhauled the engine. But I eventually traded it in for a pretty nice Datsun PL 620 truck...
Even the Shelby 427 Cobra needed twin superchargers to get near 200 mph.
Because people in crime plagued neighborhoods are (lo and behold) more likely to seek out a gun.
So yes, Virginia - I would say that both criminals and those law abiding citizens who must live near them are both disproportinaltely “drawn” to guns.
"MMMM.. Gabrito de la morte de camino"
>>Even the Shelby 427 Cobra needed twin superchargers to get near 200 mph.<<
OK, memory moves faster than reality. But I claim 160+ empirically.
Most probably the driver of the car was doing what a lot of drivers do across the world, trying to make it through an intersection on a just-changed light.
I think it was more like a suicidal game of chicken.
I was going to call BS on the 195 as well...
I have been up to 125 in a Merkur Scorpio 5 speed (I think it was 2 miles of WOT to top out not a power house, but “sufficient” as Rolls Royce would say)
And 155 in a Merkur XR4Ti also known as the Ford Sierra in Europe (Turbo 4 cylinder, balanced and safe to 10000RPM) The car was ready to go faster (I never made it past 4th gear in the T5 trans) but I wasn’t. The car was built for road rally with a full roll cage. About the only thing stock about the power plant was the block and head. Everything else was aftermarket speed parts.
I miss both cars.. the XR4Ti met with a tree on the rally course the Scorpio died of old age with 535,000K on the clock.
I think my passenger stained the seat that day as well.
GM speedometers were wildly optimistic back then - and the survivors can be proven so now by radar and lidar. Had one guy take his restored Chevelle (non-SS) out to the track, said the speedo read 150 at the end of the run but the radar and trap speed said 95.
It helps if you don’t make the entire car out of a very flammable magnesium alloy. Specifically, the same magnesium alloy that was used to make incendiary bombs in WW1 and WW2. Once ignited, it is impossible to extinguish and burns so hot that it can melt its way through battleship plate and tank hulls.
But Mercedes had to have the lightest thing around, so they constructed the entire car out of this ‘Elektron’ magnesium alloy. What could possibly go wrong?
No matter the make of the car, there is a common thrill to high speed driving, in one of the second incarnations of my aforementioned ‘63 Galaxie, I was able to obtain a 427 side oiler block ($300 from Orange Ford in Villa California at the time), unfortunately my budget wouldn’t allow for me to stuff that block full of the high speed goodies I wanted, so I had to improvise:
(1) 428 SCJ Crankshaft (3.98” stroke as opposed to factory 3.78” stroke of the 427)
(2) 428 SCJ Connecting Rods, forged steel, polished and magnafluxed and stress relieved.
(3) TRW L2240 Flattop Pistons, a standard TRW part for stroking the 427 out to 447.
(4) 1968 427 Hydraulic Cam C8AX-6250-C, 282 degrees intake duration, 296 degrees exhaust duration, 58 degrees overlap, .500 lift (or .509 w/adjustable rockers)
ANYway, with the original 406 heads polished and ported, combined with the OEM 6-bbl carburetion, that engine put out both torque AND horsepower although a realistic redline was 5200, maybe 5500 (428 crank was nodular iron as opposed to the ‘27 forged steel crank).
To sum up this long-azz story, I was working at a summer job at the Mouse House near Orlando Florida (aka Disney) and the access road from the Tragic Kingdom to U.S. 192 was pretty much empty after 1:00 am (when I got off work), and that was my ‘test track’ and the highest speed I dared take that big Ford was up around 115 and I backed off because it was an eerie feeling to see the road narrowing ahead and the white slashes turning solid at that speed, and I wasn’t about to run TOO much risk, especially since the Florida Highway Patrol was notorious for waiting for vehicles to exit that access road and merge into US 192 at ‘higher than advisable speeds’.
What great days those were.
I’d bet that the Chevelle guy put a ring & pinion set of 4.11:1 ratio or so in the rear axle, but failed to change the driven gear on his speedometer cable to match. That’s the most common reason for a speedometer to show such a huge error.
>>GM speedometers were wildly optimistic back then<<
Why y’all haters gots to be burstin’ my bubble?
I have a distinct memory of going faster than God even intended Man to go in old-school Detroit iron with a powerplant the size of Texas.
Now, you’re saying I was going 75 MPH?
(if we are in a bar, this is the pound-on-the-back “man, I am sure you were damn near 200 MPH” moment...)
Yeah, magnesium was dropped as a wheel casting material for the same reason - too damned dangerous. The Mercedes fire in '55 was certainly spectacular, but it was the engine and transmission that ripped loose and went flying through the crowd of spectators at shoulder-height that really caused the carnage.
I remember seeing the graphic pictures from that crash in a library book on auto racing when I was a child. I recall thinking that they should've stopped the race. Now I understand that so few years after WWII, the people who witnessed that crash had probably seen far worse.
Okay, you were damned near 200 mph.
And you're buying the next round. :-)
>>And you’re buying the next round. :-)<<
Hell, yes! Too bad that cop I smoked doesn’t drink... ;)
Yeah, making the trees get all blurry with a big American V8. That's an experience that few kids born today will ever be blessed with.