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    "World's most expensive car crash"

    Astonishing accident involving eight Ferraris 'world's most expensive car crash' - Telegraph

    Astonishing accident involving eight Ferraris 'world's most expensive car crash'

    A fleet of high-performance cars, including eight Ferraris, has been involved in one of the most expensive accidents in history after an astonishing multi-car pile-up in Japan.


    Police officers investigate damaged Ferrari cars at the site of a traffic accident on the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, southwestern Japan
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    Damaged Ferrari cars in Japan: the crash closed the highway for six hours. Photo: AP



    By Andrew Hough
    10:30PM GMT 04 Dec 2011

    Police said three Mercedes Benz cars and a Lamborghini Diablo were also involved in the massive crash at the weekend on the Chugoku Expressway, in the country’s south-west.

    Witnesses reported hearing a “tremendous noise” just a few moments before the accident on the Yamaguchi prefecture highway amid terrible driving conditions.

    While the majority of the 14 vehicles – which also included a Japanese supercar Nissan GT-R Skyline and a Toyota Prius – were travelling along the Osaka Prefecture-bound bended lane at least one Mercedes CL600 was driving in the opposite direction.

    Television footage showed the cars - either wrecked or destroyed - spread across the highway, in a trail of crumpled metal and broken glass. Several of the vehicles were wedged up against the metal barriers.

    Miraculously, none of drivers – the majority of whom are reported to be foreign car enthusiasts – were seriously hurt in the wreckage but the bill is still bound to be painful nonetheless.

    Such was the severity of the damage, several of the luxury cars have been written off, leaving their owners with the nightmare scenario of seeing their prized possessions turned into expensive scrap metal.

    The total damage bill is expected to hit several million pounds. A new Ferrari 355 retails for several hundred thousand pounds.

    The other Ferrari models understood to have been involved in the pile-up include a F512, F355, F430 and a F360.

    Japanese reports said the crash occurred about 10.15am (local time) on Sunday after the drivers were travelling from Hiroshima to Kyushu.

    It is thought the crash occurred when the lead driver hit a central barrier after losing control of their Ferrari while trying to overtake in wet conditions.

    They are then reported to have hit the central reservation before rebounding into the path of the oncoming traffic.

    They then caused a chain reaction of accidents over several hundred yards as other drivers went around the bend and unable to avoid the accident.

    The highway was closed for more than six hours while authorities removed the wrecked cars.

    A 36-year-old self-employed man, who did not want to be named, described a scene of chaos as he was driving in the opposite lane at the time of the accident.

    "Cars were making a tremendous noise," the man, from Kanzaki, Saga Prefecture, told Japanese media.

    Police said ten men and a woman, none of whom have been identified, were taken to hospital with minor injuries and bruising.

    An investigation has been launched to establish the case of the crash. No one has been yet been charged over the accident.
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    Police officers investigate damaged luxuary - Media (2 of 3) Fleet of Ferraris ruined in Japan sportscar


    Police officers investigate damaged luxuary cars at the site of a traffic accident on the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, southwestern Japan, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Thirteen sports cars, including eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes-Benz, were involved in the accident, slightly injuring 10 people. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)


    Damaged luxury cars are seen at the site of a traffic accident on the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, southwestern Japan, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Thirteen sports cars, including eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes-Benz, were involved in the accident, slightly injuring 10 people. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

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    What an incredible freak occurence / coincidence / karma or whatever you want to call it that these people were all just luxury car owners out for a drive and this happened. There's no mention of a show or competition on, just a completely freakish event! :-0

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    It is thought the crash occurred when the lead driver hit a central barrier after losing control of their Ferrari while trying to overtake in wet conditions.
    I wouldn't fancy paying his next premium


    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8
    There's no mention of a show or competition on, just a completely freakish event!

    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    the crash occurred about 10.15am (local time) on Sunday after the drivers were travelling from Hiroshima to Kyushu.
    Must have been something happening in Kyushu

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    Anyone spot the odd one out?

    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    three Mercedes Benz cars and a Lamborghini Diablo
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    one Mercedes CL600
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Nissan GT-R
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    a F512, F355, F430 and a F360.
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    and a Toyota Prius

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    owning a Ferrari doesn't make you a Ferrari driver ( Stirling Moss)

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    Maybe ferrari should think about making their cars out of metal, probably a bit stronger than fiberglass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Maybe ferrari should think about making their cars out of metal, probably a bit stronger than fiberglass.
    Oh dog, You should should stick to more simple things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Maybe ferrari should think about making their cars out of metal, probably a bit stronger than fiberglass.
    Ferrari are constructed with alluminio so if the fibreglass didn't come from the Skyline the the Ferraris either have aftermarket cheapo panels or are replicas. I was going to say copies but then this was Japan not China.

    For the observant or the aficionado the one with the Hewland style rear gearbox could be ral but I thought Ferraris have transverse gear boxes.
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    Prius dude, what a funny thing. to betty

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    Ferrari are constructed with alluminio so if the fibreglass didn't come from the Skyline the the Ferraris either have aftermarket cheapo panels or are replicas
    Seen plenty of genuine ones that have smashed fibreglass panels on this website Wrecked Exotic Cars - Pictures of Expensive Car Crashes and Wrecks

    So I'm assuming you don't know what you are talking about

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    actually the damages are much more since each car are heavily taxed and retail for 1m USD or more for each in Japan

    apparently it was some enthusiast club going to an event in another city,

    they must be fuming over the silly guy who couldn't drive and caused the mess

    of course, if the drivers were real drivers and not some small jap who never learn how to drive properly, they wouldn't have piled into each other like total amateurs

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    ^ Not when the first Ferrari went from 100 to 0 faster than vice versa

    I think you're right about him being as popular as a turd in a swimming pool though

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    He'll probably off himself as a matter of honour.

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    Cheapo Italian muck.

    The Guildford bypass on a Friday night beats this hands down.

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