A $2 Million 1995 McLaren F-1 Coupe was destroyed today after the engine caught fire. The owner had not driven the car in 6 months which probably explains why it had engine problems. There were only about 100 Mclaren F1's produced and at least 6 have been destoyed in crashes. This one happened on Airport Blvd in Santa Rosa, CA.
Smoke began billowing from the back of the exotic sports car as it travelled down Airport Boulevard late Monday morning. By the time the driver had exited through his gull-wing door to check on the trouble, flames had engulfed the rear.
The car, with Oregon license plates, was owned and driven by Irv Kessler, 53, of Minnesota. But he declined to discuss the incident.
“It hadn’t been driven in six months,” said John Lantz, Rincon Valley assistant fire chief. “They took it out yesterday and today and started having some kind of problem with it,” Lantz said he was told by Kessler.
As Kessler drove on Airport Boulevard, someone noticed smoke coming from the back and alerted him. The engine then caught fire and flames burned the back of the car, Lantz said.
Rincon Valley firefighters found the car still burning and quickly doused it before it spread to the passenger compartment.
“It burned the back of the car off,” Lantz said.
The F1 coupe was built in 1995, reportedly one of about 100 versions of the supercar, and features the driver’s seat in the middle of the cab, with two seats behind the driver.
McLaren’s website says the car was built as ”the world’s first production road car to feature an all carbon composite monocoque and body structure,” using Formula One racing technology on the road.
Kessler told firefighters it was worth about $2 million and was insured for $3 million, Lantz said.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 | 0 Comments
In what can only be described as a scene from an action movie, the passenger jumped out of the car in mid-air. That decision probably saved his life since the Gallardo crashed roof first onto the golf course, killing the driver instantly. The passenger was seriously injured.
Here are exclusive photos of the aftermath:
You can see the Gallardo created a huge divot on impact (left) before tumbling down the rest of the cliff (right). The sound of the impact must have been incredible, especially when you consider how quiet golf courses usually are
This is the corner where the Gallardo lost control and plunged off the cliff (very scary)
Friday, May 15, 2009 | 4 Comments