• Mar 27, 2011
Hinson Motorsports Corvette Z06 crash – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hinson Motorsports was on its way to breaking another speed record this weekend at the Texas Mile when its twin-turbo Corvette Z06 took an off-track excursion. The combination of speed and grass didn't go over well, and the 'Vette turned over once before landing back on its wheels.

Thankfully, the driver walked away from the wreck, a testament to the Texas Mile's strict safety standards, and the strength of Hinson's Corvette. With the driver OK, Hinson Motorsports is focusing on coming back stronger than ever with a new car.

UPDATE: Video of the crash from a bystander has been released.



[Source: TheDailyHoon | Images: TheDailyHoon]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      First the Lambo that did a few flips and now this? Both drivers are considered lucky to walk away from both accidents. I hope it doesn't take someone dieing to implement new rules. These cars need to be running some high down force packages or some kind of new aero package with all of that power.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Or maybe just stay off the grass.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it funny that there is a huge Chevy ad on the right of the page too.
        • 3 Years Ago
        What's an "ad"? Oh, wait, those were those things before Adblock came out. Funny, I don't even miss em. The internet is less cluttered now...
      W COBLE
      • 3 Years Ago
      230 is not a bad spped for the corvette mine did 242 on the same track 2 years ago. I did not crash and it was sweet to go that fast without any traffic and blue lights behind me. I hope the driver is ok and soory to hear aboput the car being damaged. The vette is expensive to fix and rebuild.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that photographer in the video seems like heartless jackass... After the accident, he's the closest one to the accident, but before the car even finishes rolling to a stop, he's looking down at his camera to see what pictures he got and doesn't even look up to see if the driver's okay until much later. He makes it seem like it's an everyday occurrence or something...
      • 3 Years Ago
      speed is realitve, obstacles are the problem....here the car could slow done slowly except for the rollover ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      asj 9:22PM (3/27/2011)

      indeed, lots of bad thing can and will happen when you are trying to do speed record with a car that has wooden floor and suspension setup from 18th century.
      -----------------------------------------

      You must be a moron as the floor on the Corvette is much stronger then the junk in your ricer.

      Anyone with half a brain can see the C6 Z06 had ZERO downforce mods, the front end as seen stood tall allowing airflow under car which induces LIFT, no rear wing and worse the car owner bragged that the M/T drag strip tires he used even when M/T told him NOT to do it and a tire blew out. He was the cause along with the race event owners for not forcing safety rules.
      Car did not even have a rollcage !
      • 3 Years Ago
      No sign of a video yet, people say cell phone reception out there is shady at best. Hinson Motorsports commented on Facebook saying "Driver is OK. Our record breaking Corvette was well on the way to raising the bar again when it left the track at over 230mph. The driver walked away and has been released from the hospital. The car rolled one time and landed back on the wheels. This a testament to following safety guidelines and building a safe car. We update this again soon. Thanks!"
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wow, that's incredible that the driver was able to walk away from a 230mph flip
      • 3 Years Ago
      The tuner running this car was aware the tires (M/T drag radials) were not safe at these speeds. Here is a thread on Corvette Forum, see post #48 from Hinson:

      http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c6-forced-induction-nitrous/2793426-texas-mile-anyone.html

      IMHO, this was very irresponsible by the tuner to run the car with those tires.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Drag radials???? OK, this guy is officially a moron.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And the Dude in pics 3 & 4, just hangin' out in his lawn chair, enjoying a refreshing beverage while the driver fights a 230 MPH battle of death. Never moves......
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. Events like this always remind me of the late great Bernd Rosemeyer, killed in 1938 in just such an accident. Things have gotten far far safer in 70+ years. But not faster.

      http://marioso.net/latest-car-news/gawker/remembering-bernd-rosemeyer-speed-records.html
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy cow, I can't believe he walked away from that unscathed.
      Amazing
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lots of bad things can happen that that speed. I am glad the driver is alright!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @asj

        I didn't know they had cars in the 18th century, peculiar indeed. Did they have 500hp, all-wheel independent suspension, traction control, and nice wide sticky tires for all of those dirt and cobble stone roads of the day?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @asj, you're completely right! A balsa wood floor and conventional suspension setup were 100% responsible for this crash. The possibility of a head/side wind, debris on the track, driver error, mechanical malfunction, or that this vehicle was travelling 30 miles faster than it was really designed for, had nothing to do with it. You should be an engineer!!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        ASJ, this story is about a Corvette, not a horse-and-buggy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @asj Stop watching Top Gear it has made you stupid.
        • 3 Years Ago
        indeed, lots of bad thing can and will happen when you are trying to do speed record with a car that has wooden floor and suspension setup from 18th century.
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