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Ridiculously expensive supercar crashes are painful to watch

Published: 7/Aug/2020 14:54 Updated: 8/Aug/2020 13:23

by Kieran Bicknell

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Just because you have a few extra zeroes on the end of your bank balance doesn’t mean you’re a better driver, as these supercar owners prove. Keen to show off their latest purchase, these inexperienced drivers often under-estimate the performance of their vehicles, resulting in disaster.

The myth that fast car = fast driver is certainly not true, as so often showcased by the thousands of videos on the internet. Crashing these eye-wateringly expensive cars must be painful to the driver’s ego and their bank balance, but sometimes it even hurts to watch as a viewer. Here’s some of the best (or worst) around:

Gembella Mirage GT crashes in New York

This gorgeous limited-edition Gembella Mirage GT is based on the iconic Porsche Carrera GT. Costing over $820,000 and 1 of only 25 made, this isn’t the driver’s first rodeo; He has a past history of crashing supercars and sports cars, having previously totaled a McLaren and a Lamborghini Murcielago SV.

He didn’t stick around to confess either, as witness videos show him attempting to drive off after the impact before losing control again and coming to a stop.

McLaren 720s crashes into parked Audi R8

Crashing a supercar is bad enough on its own, but crashing one supercar into another is a nightmare. Given that the 720S retails upwards from $301,000 and the R8 from around $258,000 this is one expensive collision.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened here. It seems that the driver of the 720s was eager to show off its performance along what appears to be a side street in Toronto, but clearly they didn’t appreciate the force that the McLaren would launch forward at.

Having lost control of the McLaren, the driver then spins into an unsuspecting parked Audi R8. Thankfully everyone walked away apparently unhurt from the crash, but both cars were totally wrecked, and the driver’s ego probably wasn’t in the best shape either.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante crashes in London

A classic case of trying hard to show off and running out of talent, this young supercar owner’s day ended badly.

Following a supercar event in central London, the owner of this gorgeous $280,000 Lamborghini Huracan Performante decided that a crowded urban street would be the perfect place to try out the launch control on the Lamborghini.

As expected, it all went wrong. The driver lost control and veered across the road, smacking into a wall and a tree in one (dis)graceful movement. Clearly this owner has more money than sense, though thankfully no one was hurt and hopefully the driver has learned their lesson.

Ferrari California crashed while on test drive

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Crashing your supercar is a painful experience, but what about crashing one that isn’t even yours? Well, that’s exactly what happened to the unfortunate driver of this $200,000+ Ferrari California while it was out on a test drive around Maranello, Italy.

Turning left at an intersection, the driver floors the throttle to speed away in dramatic fashion. Unfortunately, when you floor the throttle mid-corner in a rear-wheel-drive car the back end rotates around, causing the car to skid.

Evidently this isn’t a very skilled driver, as he is unable to counter-steer and correct the skid in time, resulting in the Ferrari driving head-first into a wall.


By no means is this an exhaustive list of supercar crashes on YouTube, but adding up those prices results in a whopping $1,859,000 worth of crashed cars in these 4 videos alone. Fast cars clearly don’t make good drivers.

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The insane tech inside GMC’s new $100,000 Hummer EV pickup

Published: 30/Oct/2020 16:25

by Kieran Bicknell

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When GM announced that the next Hummer was going to be electric, few believed them. Fast forward to 2020, and the all-new Hummer is indeed fully electric, and packed to the brim with crazy technology, as YouTuber Doug DeMuro discovered.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are all the rage at the moment. With the state of California announcing the ban of combustion-engined (petrol & diesel) cars from 2035 and the entire country of England doing the same, the race is on for manufacturers to bring EVs to the masses.

While GM’s new Hummer isn’t aimed at the masses – since it starts at $100,000 – it is a massive step for the company. It becomes even more significant when you realize precious Hummers were gas-guzzling behemoths, though this one isn’t exactly small.

Doug DeMuro with Hummer EV
YouTube: Doug DeMuro
The Hummer’s light bar at the front doubles up as both an illumination device and a charging status bar.

Doug DeMuro reviews the 2020 Hummer EV

YouTuber Doug DeMuro is no stranger to reviewing prototype vehicles, and that’s exactly what he has his hands on for his October 29 video.

While he was unable to drive the Hummer on the open road, he still got to delve deep into the interesting tech and design of the new EV.

With an all-electric range of 350 miles, the Hummer is ideal for everyday driving. Coupled with an ever-increasing EV charging network, and the possibility of an electric-only lifestyle becomes very real indeed.

Features of the 2020 Hummer EV

The light bar on the front of the Hummer is instantly recognizable, but its coolest element is initially hidden. When plugged in to charge, the light bar turns into a battery charge gauge, showing just how much charge is in the battery.

Inside, the interior is firmly rooted in 21st-century design, and represents a “big departure from anything else on the market today.” Screens adorn the cabin, with the instrument cluster and infotainment being a fully-digital affair.

The rear window of the Hummer can be lowered, while there are plenty of hidden storage compartments throughout. These are especially useful in the summer, as it allows drivers to park with the windows down, without their valuables being on show.

Not only does the back window roll down, but the entire roof comes off. Called the ‘sky view roof’ the roof comes off into four components, leaving just a roll bar and the windows.

Power for the Hummer EV comes from three electric motors, which result in mind-boggling performance. According to GM, a performance version will be coming that will hit 60mph in less than three seconds. That’s always impressive, but even more so given the size and squared-off shape of the truck.

The first ‘Edition 1’ models are all spoken for, with deliveries aiming to begin during fall 2021. With numerous other variants confirmed by GM, it will be interesting to see how widely-adopted the Hummer EV becomes.