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Old 03-12-2009, 12:26 PM
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I'm posting it in this section because I have noticed that there have been many Ferrari crashes where the car just outright split into two pieces(Even an Enzo). Is this a testament to a design flaw in the cars that give it no real structural integrity despite it's legendary status and 6-7 figure price? I mean yes you have to respect any car you drive as it can split in half in any type of serious crash. And just because the car goes super fast and is more expensive doesn't automatically make you a great driver either. But this just really seems to happen with the Ferrari marquee the most within the exotic car realm. I mean why give someone a sandwich full of extra meat if the bread won't even stay together and it's one of the most expensive items on the menu?


What is really going on with those cars? I mean I feel bad for the guy and his family, but is it more on driver error or just a really bad design flaw that Ferrari just will not address.
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I'd say give the car the benefit of the doubt and blame the driver.

1 AM, crash with a Porsche, sounds like racing to me. At night no less.
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Yeah, we don't know the whole story on this one....

The bits are... Speed, an immovable object and it was helped along by a Porsche and a couple possibly drunk drivers....

Still scary.... Makes me think abou the times I've been stupid but never a DUI ......

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It is very sad. You have a stationary object and a large moving mass made of aluminum coming together. The aluminum car does not stand a chance at those speeds. If the car was solid and did not give the drivers body would experience more of the force causing death as well. Cars were not meant to be street raced, but I guess those that do it think it will never happen to them. We see it time after time and have lost some good members to it. I am just glad that innocent bystanders were not injured or killed.
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I have heard that Ferraris are designed to split in half to separate the big and heavy engine compartment from the passengers in a serious crash, but that accident looks like it happened so fast and hard that everything pretty much went to pieces.

At least the doors look like they're in one piece, lending some credit to Ferrari's insistence that they don't need side airbags.
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They are designed to split in half.

Much like F1 cars... they are meant to break in specific ways. The entire cockpit should be one egg-like-piece, and the split usually happens behind or in front of the driver/passenger cockpit.

The following pictures happened at above 120 mph conditions. The driver was safe and was able to walk away from the scene without issues. This is incredibly safe... although the car ends up looking horrific. It's the price you pay for safety.



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They are designed to split in half.

Much like F1 cars... they are meant to break in specific ways. The entire cockpit should be one egg-like-piece, and the split usually happens behind or in front of the driver/passenger cockpit.

The following pictures happened at above 120 mph conditions. The driver was safe and was able to walk away from the scene without issues. This is incredibly safe... although the car ends up looking horrific. It's the price you pay for safety.



true but this one split at the seats causing death. When street racing, there is no safety.....
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