• May 23, 2006
Last weekend during a practice lap at Mid-Ohio Raceway the 009 Aston Martin ALMS went airborne off the track and "flew" 142 feet before landing off the track in the dirt. The track was reportedly wet and the unidentified driver lost control under braking. Fortunately his car was the only one on that part of the track at the time and it amazingly remained level during its separation with terra firma.

These pics were found on the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club (NASIOC) forum, and those guys know a lot about flying cars from watching Subies take flight in World Rally competition. One astute forum member noted that the first record of powered flight by the Wright brothers on December 17th, 1903 lasted for 120 feet and 12 seconds. We checked it out, it's true, which means the Aston beat the Wright brothers' first flight by 22 feet.

Check out more pics after the jump including the takeoff and landing. Word is there was video shown on TV of the accident, so kudos to whoever can find it first.

Thanks Amp for the tip!


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      • 8 Years Ago
      4. i dont think this says anything in particular about this autos aerodynamics. aerodynamicists are not designing the right side as the leading edge. if anything the aero is designed to push the car down to the ground not to keep it airborn.

      #4, the car's aerodynamics are meant to push it down when it is going FORWARDS. the car is flying through the air BACKWARDS, creating an opposite effect: an upward lift. If anything, this proves the car has excellent aerodynamics to create such a perfect opposite effect.
      • 8 Years Ago
      View pic 1. Then pic 2 and pause. Insert banjo music and Waylon Jennings saying: "Them boys had best grow some more wings". Then cut to commercial...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Amazing. At first I thought the 2nd and 3rd pics were Photoshops... wow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      further proof, God drives an Aston Martin.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is cool! The thrust on the engine the moment it takes off must be really forceful, to enable such a long momentum to travel through the projectile range.
      JT
      • 8 Years Ago
      Someone must have video of this..please post it...I'd love to see this occur..
      • 8 Years Ago
      i dont think this says anything in particular about this autos aerodynamics. aerodynamicists are not designing the right side as the leading edge. if anything the aero is designed to push the car down to the ground not to keep it airborn.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Some say that his feet turn all the way around and that his lunch smells of fish...

      ...all we know is his called The Stig
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was there too. As a matter of fact I got the same shots as were displayed above. I must have been standing next to the guy who shot these. It was Saturday morning/noon time when this happened and the car was fixed and ready for the finals.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Some say his pants have a DeWalt logo on them.
      Some say he can lick his elbow.

      If thats not the Stig, its his brother.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Flew? I think more like launched like a rocket.
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