• Mar 5th 2007 at 9:25AM
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click above image to view both shots of the first unofficial wreck of the Veyron on public roads

We only know of one other time a Bugatti Veyron has been wrecked, and that was during the car's development when a prototype was destroyed doing a high-speed test. There there was the time a preproduction Veyron performed a very public spin-out at Mazda's Laguna Seca Raceway during the Monterey Historics. These incidents actually delayed the debut of the production car, though perhaps it should have stayed in the oven a bit longer if its designers were worried about stability at speed.

Reports this morning are flooding in of the first known wreck of a Bugatti Veyron on public roads, and there are pictures to prove it. Very little is known about the circumstances expect that the crash occured in the U.K. and was apparently the result of hydroplaning. For a car with an MSRP well over a million bucks, we assumed that when hydroplaning is detected the car would immediately enter hovercraft mode, but we now know that's not the case.

We should end this post with that greatest of car wreck jokes: "Think that'll buff out?" No. No it won't.

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[Source: Germancarscene]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Remember, there's no bad PR.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, i feel like i just saw a puppy get runover. My heart goes out to you poor car. 341fdc
      • 8 Years Ago
      That'll be in the shop for awhile...
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car has Haldex, not four wheel drive like the Bugatti EB110.

      265mm front, 365mm rear tires. The veyron has a button/switch for handling mode below 220kph (137mph intended for racetrack (but wouldn't the rain sensing wiper engage this if you were going 150kph or faster?)
      The McLaren F1 has a button to keep the brake/balance foil up & the SLR has a setting for the air brake to be partially extended, and if you hit the brakes in the Veyron, the air brake could save your bacon. (doesn't it move the center of pressure rearward?)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hydroplaning is hovercraft mode. I wonder how long the car could stay afloat in a few inches of water, like a snowmobile on a frozen lake when the lake suddenly becomes unfrozen.

      If I had the money to afford this car I'd also have the money for someone to swap on rain tires when it's wet out. Better yet, take the beater Ferrari.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well yeah, people driving cheap cars probably are just such as bad drivers on average (though I guess you can indeed get into a lot more trouble much faster with a quadturbo-W16 behind you). Such accidents happen quite frequently, the pictures are just a lot less interesting if they show a wrecked Corolla.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Sometimes things happen that are out of the control of any driver."

      Uh huh. They don't happen very often on public roads at reasonable speeds without the presence of other cars.

      Are there accidents that are beyond the control and/or anticipation by the driver? You bet. Compared to the number of accidents caused by people driving unwisely, they're staggeringly uncommon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      his deductible must have been above $240,000... I never tought buying a Ferrari was a cheaper choice than fixing your current car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wonder if this it in happier times, is under recently sold section too. If so happens to be the first car in delivered in the country(be some irony in that)

      • 8 Years Ago
      Need more salient facts like: Was there a hot girl involved?
      • 8 Years Ago
      As this Bug incident took place in Surrey, is it possible a motoring journalist did the naughty? Mind you, as with most bugs, it is nothing that a canister of Flit would not dispense with...
      • 8 Years Ago

      This owner has REALLY good insurance.
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