• Feb 8, 2011
Robert Kubica's crash at the Andora Rally – Click above to watch the videos after the jump


The motor racing community and the public at large are watching and waiting to see what becomes of Robert Kubica. The Renault Formula One driver crashed his Skoda Fabia S2000 at the Ronde di Andora rally in Italy over the weekend and was medevac'd to a local hospital where he is currently recovering.

For those who haven't been following the story, Kubica (pronounced, incidentally, "koo-bee-tza") sustained severe damage to his right leg, arm and hand, and surgeons operated in shifts around the clock to repair the damage. The big question is whether the multiple fractures and severed tendons can be repaired, or whether his promising career is effectively over. Fortunately his fellow Polish co-driver Jakub Gerber appears to have escaped unscathed from the guard-rail that pierced the vehicle.

While we don't have actual footage of the crash taking place, a video showing the carnage after the crash has emerged and someone has actually created a simulation of what happened. If accurate, we can see the Kubica is very lucky to have only sustained the injuries he has. Check out both the footage and the simulation videos after the jump.

[Source: CarGuyDad]







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      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think that simluation is accurate, as he didn't really hit anything. He just sorta clipped the railing and skidded against it. ???
        • 3 Years Ago
        There's the Gruv we all know and despise. This is the same guy who goes after NASCAR for having tubed chassis cars like numerous other motorsports.
        • 3 Years Ago
        More like he pushed into the guardrail until it separated, then speared the car. Which knifed away several important body parts.
        Pug_Power
        • 3 Years Ago
        Didn't hit anything? It shows the guardrail going through the car...
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can see the hole from inside the cabin to the front of the car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This should clear up any hesitations as to how much worse the accident could have been:

        http://photos.gpupdate.net/newsnew/169595.jpg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow this is worse than I thought. All the best to him, I hope he can recover from this. The accident looks terrible...
      • 3 Years Ago
      After seeing many more photos I withdraw my previous comment. Especially seeing the rail sticking out from the back of the car , it certainly was ductile enough as I thought it should be.
      • 3 Years Ago
      WTF?
      In the first video they say that Kubica had is arm amputated.... Are they crazy?

      Anyways, in Italian everyone calls him "Koo-bee-tza" :D It's not an incident.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Lotus Renault GP number one driver Robert Kubica is no longer at risk of having his hand amputated, Daniel Morelli, his manager, confirmed in a press conference this afternoon. "

        his name is pronounced "koobeetsa"

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kubica
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't the reports say that he smoked a church wall? I'm confused.
        • 3 Years Ago
        One of the reports stated it was a Church wall. Which we are now learning was wrong. There is an article i think over on Autosport with the co-drivers description of what happened
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am still really looking forward to seeing Kubica win his first World Championship. He's a great driver.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Would be impossible for him to do considering his injuries could end his career.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get well soon, Robert.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn that looks REALLY bad. Did the guard rail just bust up his left side or did it really sever limbs completely off?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Chop, chop. To the right side (leg, hand, arm). He basically pried the end off its rivets, and the rail speared right through. No shearing of the rail itself
      • 3 Years Ago
      If that computer simulation is true then it's shocking that the guard rails were in such a state that they could snap like that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Guard rails are hardened steel. Unfortunately, their connecting points consist of two or more rivets in holes punched between successive sections of rail. I can see how those would fail under impact at subsequent sliding at high speed. The fact that the guard rail pierced through the car just goes to show how strong they really are.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Also, the joint in the guardrail would be engineered with the expected flow of traffic in mind so that if it separates, a vehicle traveling in the lane closest to the railing and in the normal direction will just slide from one section to the next. In this case, it seems the vehicle impacted from the opposite lane in the wrong direction, so the car got speared when the joint failed, instead. Seamless guardrail is about the only way to prevent this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rails are not made to be ductile. They are hardened, therefore reducing elongation and ductility.
      • 3 Years Ago
      that is really scary.... that's pretty much the worst possible crash besides just falling off a cliff.... now that I think about it there are a bunch of bad ways to crash but this.... THIS is a horrific wreck. Hope that Kubica can recover and have a normal life... maybe even return to racing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ouch
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