No injuries were reported, except maybe for the owner’s feelings.
The first of April is a time for jokes and gags, but a recent announcement from the UK’s policing unit in Derby isn’t a joke.
On April 1, a Ferrari 488 crashed after leaving the dealership. The driver of the supercar purchased the 488 in the morning, according to the Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit’s Twitter feed. The Ferrari crashed after only 2 miles (3.2 kilometres).
There were no reported injuries among the participants. The 488 is pictured with a mangled front end, as you can see in the social media post.
Because the Ferrari 488 is isolated in the photographs, we’re not sure what happened. However, upon closer inspection, it appears that just the upper portion of the nose, including the hood and areas surrounding the headlights, was damaged. It’s as if the 488 slid beneath something, perhaps a vehicle or SUV.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the crash, except for the new Ferrari owner’s sentiments. Depending on the mileage, the 488 costs between £150,000 and £300,000 ($196,724 and $393,450), so this wasn’t a cheap purchase. We’re hopeful that the owner’s insurance will cover this, and that it was taken care of before the owner drove away from the dealership.
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This isn’t the first time a supercar has crashed after being borrowed from a dealership, such as this rented Ferrari 458 in China. It’s a typical occurrence, especially if the driver has never driven a supercar before.
However, let this accident serve as a reminder that supercars are referred to as “super” for a reason. They have a lot of power that not everyone can handle, thus everyone should respect the machine, whether they’re newbies or seasoned drivers. A little prudence should go a long way, whether it’s a prancing horse or a roaring bull, or any high-powered car.