Supercar Pile-up – Multi-Million Dollar Freeway Crash in Japan Takes Out Eight Ferraris in Seconds

December 7, 2011 | No Comments »

Via the New York Daily News:

“An outing of luxury sportscar enthusiasts in Japan ended in an expensive freeway pileup — smashing a stunning eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes likely worth more than $1 million together.”

The accident was reportedly kicked off when the driver of a Ferrari attempted to change lanes and hit the median barrier, which caused him to spin out of control.  The other vehicles were damaged attempting to avoid the first, colliding like shiny red and black dominoes:

The Daily Yomiuri reports that, beyond pride, no one was seriously hurt in the accident. The  Chugoku Expressway was shut down for several hours as worker cleared away the supercar carnage. Speed and weather have been discussed as contributing to the severity of the crash.

Although the mangling makes it difficult to discern, auto enthusiast blog, Jalopnik suggests that the Ferrarri models involved in the crash were, “F355s, F430s (including a Scuderia), an F360, and some form of F512” along with a Mercedes and a Lamborghini Diablo. Other non-headline-making vehicles involved in the crash included a Toyota Prius and Nissan Skyline.

Jalopnik’s review of the accident details suggests the cars may have been driving in pairs, side by side as the passed through a particularly narrow section of the expressway where the accident took place, worsening the severity of damage.

This crash follows a similar incident from the summer that took place in Monaco.  In that accident, which occurred in front of Monaco’s Place du Casino, a Bentley, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari, Aston Martin and a Porsche found themselves similarly entangled.

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