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Ferrari Fail! 458 And GTO Crashes On Vallelunga

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On: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 2:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Fail! 458 And GTO Crashes On Vallelunga

Unlike the Bugatti Veyron, which has suffered from a rash of horrible owners/drivers for the past few years, the Ferrari 458 Italia has suffered more from its own shortcomings. Specifically, the car was subject to a series of highly publicized fires due to combustible adhesive. Ferrari issued a recall, fixed the problem and moved forward.

But that doesn't mean the 458 Italia is entirely safe. Like the Veyron and any other car, it still requires a competent driver. And one driver that participated in the recent Vallelunga Ferrari Club Italia event proved less than competent.

After almost wiping out on a dusty corner, the driver in the video regains his composure just long enough to re-lap the course and wipe out on the exact same corner later on. He slams into the retaining wall in a chaotic burst of dust and smoke. The 458 Italia appears to be only cosmetically injured, suffering from a little bender in the fender, but it still has to get an assisted drive off the track.

The 458 video just isn't as good as I thought it'd be. There's a nice shot of the skid, but then it's all lag and stills.

As not to leave you with a bad taste in your mouth, here's a second video from earlier last week, showing the aftermath of a more intense crash on a more intense car—the 599 GTO. The 661-hp "fastest Ferrari ever" is smashed up almost to the point of non-recognition. Its front-end is gone, its hood crumpled and its windshield spidered. Unlike the 458, the future is grim for the GTO.

The owner of the 599 GTO reportedly lost control when doing about 155 mph on a straightaway.


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