• Jun 2, 2009
It's the little things in life that make all the difference. Flames shooting out the exhaust of a supercar? Awesome. Flames billowing out of the entire engine bay? Uh-oh. So seeing a McLaren F1 – in the United States, no less – going up in smoke is a real tear-jerker.

We have to admit that with so many drivers exhibiting more flash than talent, reporting on the endless barrage of destroyed supercars got a little tiresome, if not downright depressing. The McLaren F1 made even the Ferrari Enzo seem dime-a-dozen common – 100 examples were made in all, and only a tiny fraction of those squeaked through DOT regs to make it Stateside.

Reportedly valued at $2 million, this toasted Mac was spotted on Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa, California, its BMW V12 on fire after its owner reportedly took it for a ride after leaving it dormant for six months. If that's the case, this is proof positive that cars need to be driven, not mothballed.

[Source: Wrecked Exotics]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So sad :( How could you not drive that beast for 6 months? I would drive it at least once a week for sure!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw an Elise go this way a few years back. That was on the A19 in England.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW engines are known to overheat :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car will be rebuilt. Although it will not be cheap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How?
        They only made 64 road cars
        Five road prototypes, and held one extra chassis for spare parts
        and they destroyed the moulds/jigs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If the monocoque is damaged then it's a write-off. They were built as a 1 piece tub like an F1 car, so there's no way to repair one.

        Having to watch that car burn for all eternity would be my definition of hell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Forgot to check the engine bay for squirrels I bet :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great, it's already been pulled due to "terms of use violation".

      /crap!
      • 5 Years Ago
      NNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      ethanol eating up the gas lines and connections???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone think we could sue the owner for failing to provide the necessities of life to the car?That way we could drive special cars the way they were meant to be as often as they should be,eh?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, the humanity!!!!!!

      This is a Tragedy!!!!!!

      Moment of silence for the deceased Big Mac.
        • 5 Years Ago
        maybe not humanity, but whatever the automotive equivalent is...

        So sad. If it is truly beyond repair, then it is permanently lost.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would hate to be the insurance company who covers the McLaren.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that's what people get for buying cars and not driving them. Waste of money.
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