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Supercar goes up in flames after showing off ends in disaster

Published: 10/Nov/2020 10:52

by Kieran Bicknell

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Owning a supercar is a lifestyle choice. Wherever you go, people will want to take photos and film your car. Unfortunately, that’s not always a good thing, as the owner of this Nissan GT-R discovered the hard way.

Showing off in a high-powered car is nothing new, playing up to crowds with extreme exhaust noises and displays of flames from tailpipes is a tradition as old as cars themselves. Unfortunately, though, the owner of this Nissan GT-R got more than they bargained for.

Having clearly modified the cars’ stock exhaust system, the owner is able to rev the car to its redline while parked. This results in not only an incredibly loud exhaust note but also a dramatic display of fire coming from the tailpipe of the GT-R.

Nissan GTR on fire
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Showing off by shooting flames from this Nissan GT-R ended in disaster for the owner.

Nissan GT-R catches fire while showing off

Of course, creating this much of a scene is bound to draw a crowd, and that’s exactly what happened. In the video, people can be seen crowded around the high-powered supercar as it demonstrates its flame-throwing ability.

The video then cuts, just as disaster strikes the Nissan. Smoke can be seen pouring from the back of the car, after the exaggerated flames appear to have set fire to the rear bumper and surrounding panels.

Once the video resumes, it is clear to see that a mass panic has descended on the car meet. Bystanders and people with camera phones jostle for space, both trying to extinguish the fire and get a unique angle on the situation simultaneously.

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As the car starts to burn, someone who appears to be the owner begins to try and douse the flames with his jacket, in an attempt to salvage the car from going up in smoke.

Sadly these attempts proved pointless, and in an attempt to control the fire, the entire rear portion of the car is ripped off to give access to the source of the flames.

Thankfully someone eventually locates a fire extinguisher and manages to extinguish the flames. Unfortunately, the damage is severe, and likely goes beyond what can be seen in the video.

Whether the car was repaired or scrapped is unclear, but at the very least a new rear bumper and likely a number of wiring systems would need replacing. Clearly, the owner paid a heavy price for showing off.

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Matt LeBlanc’s classic car collection is nothing short of extraordinary

Published: 26/Nov/2020 13:52

by Kieran Bicknell

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While many were surprised to see Friends star and sitcom actor Matt LeBlanc as one of the hosts for BBC’s Top Gear for a stint, it turns out LeBlanc is in fact a massive petrolhead, and has a collection of classic cars that is the stuff of dreams.

Anyone that has watched Friends knows the scene where Matt’s character Joey pretends to own a Porsche. Well, it turns out that there’s a degree of truth in that scene — LeBlanc is a massive fan of the Porsche brand, and has a number of their cars in his fleet.

Unlike most celebrity car collections, however, Matt’s is a lot more classic-oriented than most. From early air-cooled Porsches to unusual Jeeps, he has a classic for almost any occasion, as well as a number of cutting-edge supercars for good measure.

Porsche GT2 RS on track
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Matt’s fastest car is his Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Matt LeBlanc’s incredible Porsche collection

Porsche clearly hold a special place in Matt’s heart. From the air-cooled ‘widowmaker’ 930 911 Turbo to the cutting-edge 911 GT2 RS, his collection spans a number of decades and styles.

There is a noticeable bias towards the classics here, too. Prior to the 996-era of 911 launching in 1997, Porsche’s engines were mostly air-cooled, and this is where most of Matt’s collection is focused. While there are no doubt some hidden gems that are kept away from public eyes, we do know he owns the following:

  • 2012 911 Carrera GTS
  • 1988 964 (911) Carrera
  • 1987 930 (911) Turbo
  • 2014 911 Turbo S
  • 2016 911 R
  • 2017 911 GT2 RS

Despite his love for Porsche, there’s one he’d never buy: A 914. In an interview with Men’s Journal, he said “I’m not a fan of the 914, though I know there are some die-hard fans out there. I’ll get letters about that.”

Matt LeBlanc Top Gear
Instagram: @mleblanc
As a well-known car enthusiast, Top Gear was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for LeBlanc.

Matt LeBlanc’s exotic cars

While his biggest love is Porsche, Matt also enjoys dabbling in other brands of four-wheeled transport too.

Satisfying his ‘hot hatch’ requirements is his Ford Focus RS, an all-wheel-drive hatchback complete with ‘drift’ button. He also has a classic American muscle car in the form of a De Tomaso Pantera, complete with its room-shaking V8 engine.

Good friend and previous co-host Chris Harris also revealed that Matt has bought himself a Ferrari Testarossa, which will sit nicely alongside his Pantera, and his other Ferraris — a 360 Modena and 458 Italia.

Perhaps the most unusual car in his collection is a Fiat X1/9. This diminutive, rear-engined Italian sports car must’ve struck a chord with LeBlanc, as it’s totally different from anything else in his collection.


With its mix of iconic classics and modern supercars, Matt’s collection is enviable – just don’t tell him you’re a fan of the Porsche 914, whatever you do.