Sunday, January 15, 2012

Amazing Onboard Footage of an Open-Top Cobra Crashing at 130 mph

Here's some gut-wrenching onboard footage of an open-top Cobra crashing at 130 mph.



Open-top cars are very exciting to drive but insanely scary and dangerous if an accident occurs. This Cobra was doing 130 mph on the front straight at Willow Spings when a suspension piece broke. It veered hard right and off track, leaving a 60-foot gash in the asphalt, then continued rolling for another 500 feet off track to its resting point.

Luckily, the driver sustained only minor injuries to his left knee, as well as bruised ribs. It could have been MUCH worse as the Cobra had no racing seat, no roll cage, no arm restraints, no HANS device, harness was barely tightened, and there were even some unsecured items that went flying as soon as the car started rolling.

BMW CCA still allows open-top cars through their minimum standards, however, the cars are required to be in their own run group, which makes it practically prohibitive for most chapters. Looking at the video, you can see why it's next to impossible to find instructors willing to ride in such cars.

8 comments:

  1. Frightening. Glad I didn't see this before riding in a turbo Miata at Calabogie 2 years back. That in itself was pretty scary, as we chased a prepped Boxster around the track for 2 laps while the Hoosiers slowly overheated and started to lose more and more lateral grip as the Boxster pulled away. When I could push the thought of what might happen if we did go off-track out of my mind, it was one of the most exhilarating experiences I've had.

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  2. Fantastic news: WorldCarFans, one of the biggest automotive sites worldwide, just referenced our post on their: front page.

    Eric, spot on! Even with the protection of my M Coupe's real roof, I don't know if I'll ever be able to bring myself to push that hard going through some of the fastest sections like the esses at the Glen or the back straight...

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  3. Wow, that's crazy scary. There's no way I could be so confident on the track with so little protection from me and the elements. Amazing he came out with so little injury.

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  4. It was incredible he never touched the ground. That roll bar is so short, it's practically cosmetic.

    By the way, Jalopnik posted the story more than a day after OneHotLap did and Autoblog posted it 32 hours later. Goes to show what's the best site to go to for the best stories!

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  5. I get a kick out of cabrio drivers bitching about not being able to run with many clubs without a cage. Then, you see stuff like this, and realize they're nuts for bitching. Talent is one thing, but you can have mechanical issues at any time...

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  6. Autoblog updated their source to corectly reflect OneHotLap. Nice! Here is the post.

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  7. Jalopnik just gave OneHotLap credit for breaking out the story too! Good stuff!

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  8. i also was in a crash with an a..hole in a kit car cobra as his instructor .i had vowed never to ride in one years before but i was assigned to go with him ,when i saw what car it was i was going to refuse but i deceided to go the session then refuse after that.what a mistake on my part [always go with your gut feeling]the school was put on by my friends so i waited to bitch. the jerk crashed on the first lap in turn one at the glen going way to fast[no talent idiot] putting me into the armco guard rail.hospital ride, broken ribs lots of bodily damage ,months to recover.to top it all off the argorant a..hole told the club he was going to sue both me and the club [i guess for his stupidity].there must be alot of nonconnected cromosones in these people who think they can build these peice of crap cars and drive them at speeds no smart person would attempt.please be forwarned 99% of the people who build kit cars dont have a clue what they are doing and stay far away as they have a good chance of killing you thinking they have talent as a builder or a driver, thank god i am alive,never again will i not follow my gut feelings. had to get it off my chest [to the "driver" who wanted to go after myself and the school go f yourself take up advanced mastrabation you seem to have natural talent for that,your one turn driving instructor, j.w.

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