• Jul 28, 2008


Click to see Schumi unveiling the 430 Scuderia at Frankfurt '07

Reports from the world of motorsport indicate that Michael Schumacher has totaled a new Ferrari prototype at the nefarious Nurburgring Nordschleiffe. According to the reports, Ferrari had rented out the track for the day when the team's former champion took out the test mule based on the 430 Scuderia that Schumacher himself helped develop. Just days after taking laps around Fiorano in the new California and presenting it to dealers in Maranello, Schumacher reportedly went off the damp track at over 250 km/h (155 mph) at the high-speed Schwedenkruz corner and hit a guard rail, severely damaging the car and forcing the test crew to switch to a second vehicle. Sources suggested that Schumacher had his son Mick riding shotgun at the time of the crash, however alternative reports suggest that factory test driver Raffaele DeSimone was driving, with Schumacher riding shotgun.

Although no official word has been given, it would seem that Schumacher escaped the incident uninjured, rendering the outcome of his shunt on "the Green Hell" better than that of his predecessor Niki Lauda, who nearly did in a fiery crash on the track some 32 years ago. As to what the prototype was being used to develop, however, is up to speculation: it could be the successor to the F430 or a new supercar to replace the discontinued Enzo.

[Source: F1-Live]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Insurance nightmare...just put your most valuable person in an unproven prototype and let him tear around a hobbyist track with no formal safety measures? Not smart. There are "shaker rigs" that Ferrari can use in a safe, controlled environment that would have exposed whatever mechanical failure caused the crash.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think it may have been an error on the part of the biological component. OR maybe I missed the sarcasm.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At least he didn't hit any other supercars? I caught 3 parked on the webcam this morning:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/79476372@N00/2710463104/
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wooo... Enzo Ferrari, Koenigsegg CCX, and Maserati MC12... Thank You. Peter... Some of the best Super Cars out there...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This guy is having so much fun, well apart from the crash
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is the point of posting this when they are not sure who was driving, maybe it was the Santa..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. Going off at 150mph could have been a disaster. I'm glad he's ok. I doubt Schumi would've been hurtling around the 'Ring with his son in tow though... I could be wrong, but I can't see that happening, on Ferrari's time and dime no less.
        • 6 Years Ago
        schumi did take the wheel from his taxi driver with his family in tow, but yeah, thats a different circumstance and at much slower speeds. however, public roads are kinda dangerous vs doing that stuff on a track...
          • 6 Years Ago
          doing that on a track is still dangerous. It's just not as dangerous. People love to say "play it safe, take it to the track". Unless you are a pro and can control the physics of all around you, its still dangerous, just sanctioned.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh well, accidents happen. At least Ferrari might have some crash data from the accident and can learn from it. Nice to see Michael uninjured from the crash though. Could've been worse.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ah crap, he just wrecked our million dollar prototype. Don't worry, we have another right here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ferrari crashes a car, Audi burned a few to the ground... that's what happends to test cars.

      Heck, back in the day (80's), the RAF (Royal Air Froce) lost an average of 6 pilots a year in training if I remember correctly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are you guys sure it's not Ralf filling in for his big bro for a day? That would explain everything...
      • 6 Years Ago
      "nearly did in a fiery crash" -> "nearly died in a fiery crash"
      • 6 Years Ago
      These things happen. Always makes me laugh whenever pics of a wrecked supercar appear and everyone goes on about how whoever was driving obviously must have more money than skills. If Schume can do it anyone can. Everyone makes mistakes, pencils have erasers for a reason
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you make a good point, but usually when people say how stupid the driver of a wrecked supercar must have been that driver trashed it on public roads. Losing control under the controlled conditions of a racetrack where there are no pedestrians or unpredictable traffic is different than losing control on public roads at speeds you should not have been reaching anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      officle Ferrari spokemen Luca Colajanni claim Michael Schumacher was codriver and Ferrari testdriver Raffaele de Simone was driving the car. Micheal Schumacher personal spokeman clearly claimed that the story that his son was in the car is nonsens.
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