• Nov 8, 2010
Danny Thompson crashes at 260 miles per hour – Click above to watch video after the jump

Danny Thompson, the son of Mickey Thompson, has a need for speed that's satiated when he hits the salt flats in his 1,300-horsepower Ford Mustang. Thompson had previously recorded a top speed of 252 miles per hour but recently headed back to the flat lands for an attempt at the 300-mph mark. Problems arose as Danny passed 260 mph. The car began to lift and then left the ground at approximately 264.7 mph. Danny and his Mustang traveled 1,100 feet before returning to the salt and the car tumbled further before coming to a stop.

Amazingly, and a testament to just how good proper safety equipment is, Danny escaped from the wreck with no injuries. He didn't have minor injuries, scratches or bruises... he was completely unharmed. Well, maybe physically, as a wreck like that can probably keep you awake at night for a few months. Also unharmed? The iPhone 4 sitting in his front pocket.

The in-car crash footage is waiting for you after the jump.

UPDATE: SPEED has published a thorough account of Danny Thompson's crash and his experience at the salt flats this year. Check it out here.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      lol
      iPhone 4 = most solid iPhone ever
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh wait. Just read the description. Fail on my part. Not nearly as cool as I thought. Haha!
        • 4 Years Ago
        iPhone 4 FTW! Heck YEAH!

        lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh that was filmed on an iPhone? Holy crap! I was going to say something about how the camera didn't drop any frames throughout that impact. Pretty neat..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kevin6432: Even if it was a cell-phone, why would it drop any frames? O.o Is that considered a miracle in the iPhone land? :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        It can survive a crash at 265 mph but it can't survive a 1 foot drop....

        http://gizmodo.com/5571658/first-iphone-4-broken-after-one+foot-drop
      • 4 Years Ago
      Danny should name this flying pony Pegasus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What was the point of that camera angle? I'm sure it was a spectacular crash but...

      Interesting amount of gear hunting was done, also
      • 4 Years Ago
      He went nice and limp. I bet that's why there were no muscle injuries.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rule number 1: When the car gets a little loose, don't lift.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet he would have been fine with IRS. It's all the solid axle's fault.

      /
      • 4 Years Ago
      I watched it from the beginning and the anticipation building up to the crash was killing me...
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the car traveled almost 1/4 (about 200 ft shy) mile in the air, I would think that some aerodynamic tweaks need to be made. Just a thought.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think it was 1,100 feet straight up...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was not referring to it being straight up. I was referring to it being in distance parallel to the ground.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i can almost expect that from a guy almost missing 2 gears... oh well
      • 4 Years Ago
      Different car but at least this gives you an idea of what the crash looked like...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq-C99wjAlQ&feature=related
      • 4 Years Ago
      Watching his visor come open and close again says to me that a better retention mechanism should be installed!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Car got loose, looks like it did a few 360's on the ground and then caught in and started flipping. Not uncommon for the salt flats...scary crash either way..right when its spinning and about to flip particularity...
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