Many of you have been following the 2011 Targa Newfoundland here on Autoblog, what with our own Zach Bowman competing. Perhaps you were surprised to find out that rare supercars like a Maserati MC12 and a Ferrari Enzo had entered the demanding race.

Unfortunately, the Enzo has bowed out early after taking a turn for the worse when it lost control and dove into the Atlantic Ocean off a coastal road. The Enzo was piloted (and owned) by Zahir Rana, who also owns ZR Auto exotic car dealership. Ferrari produced 400 Enzos, and of them, Rana's was one of the fastest that road-legal after being modified to similar specifications as an FXX. It was tuned in Germany to deliver a bewildering 850 horsepower and held a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds.

We were able to get a few quick glimpses of the Enzo with Rana and his navigator, Roland Linder, heading for the ocean thanks to Kia Canada. Kia is also entered in the race and was waiting in anticipation for their Forte Koup to come around the same bend in the road.

Rana has posted a video, which you can find after the jump, that clearly states his disappointment, but also his reasoning and reflection on what happened. He definitely has the right mindset, explaining how things like this happen in racing and he is lucky that he and his teammate were left unscathed in the incident. He also makes a point to sadly say, "It's only a car, it's not a big deal."

We agree wholeheartedly with Rana, but by the same token, having the incident happen to a car currently valued at $1.5 million is like throwing salt on the wound of enthusiasts and car insurance adjusters everywhere.

Follow the jump
to see the devastating video of Rana's Enzo coming down a hill and landing in the ocean, along with a walk-around video of the car before the Targa Newfoundland began.





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      Marcel
      • 3 Years Ago
      He sounds like a good guy with a good attitude. And he is totally right, nothing is more important than people's life and health. A car, no matter how valuable, is just a car. A thing, a posession that some day will be lost or damaged. I remember a story how an old, very expensive race car was destroyed by a friend of an owner who was a great ex racing driver. The owner couldn't care less about his car, he was glad nothing happened to his friend. And what's best is that it was driven the way it was designed to be driven. I think mr Enzo would prefer that his cars were treated like this one and were not burried somewhere in a climate controled garage. Accidents happen, cars get damaged.
      switzarch
      • 3 Years Ago
      Enzo Ferrari was quoted as being against those that bought his cars and stored them away. "It's just a car" was his feelings. And he was right. Things happened, fix it and go on. The Targa is an awesome event, very carefully staged on public roads and with the full blessings of the citizenry. But to not put this car in its element and not enjoy it would be a crime. Good for him; fix it and move on.
      Salomondrin
      • 3 Years Ago
      This guy is the man
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least he was using and enjoying the car. It can be fixed. Sucks to be him though.
      matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      The car fan in me is thrilled to see an Enzo being driven hard. The accountant in me wonders what the hell was wrong with doing this race in a GT-R.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      That race looks like a lot of fun.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great guy, great attitude, rookie mistake! Advanced driving instructor once told me that most of the people have very good reflex to counter steer and catch a drift, but the problem comes when they try to get the car into forward motion. Either they straighten the wheel too late and the car snaps to the opposite side or they panic and lift off the throttle and the rear lose even more traction. He did both!
      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Welp, there IS such thing as too much horsepower and there IS such thing as being too stiffly sprung. That and the loose nut behind the wheel contribute mightily to this end. As the V8 Flyin' Miata has shown, a higher ride height with a reasonable spring rate is faster and, surely, safer.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      gary
      • 3 Years Ago
      The car looked very nervous on corner exit, as if it was bouncing off the bumpstops. Then a gravel patch amplified the instability and the car ended up in the drink. I predicted in an earlier AB post that the super-exotics, including this exact car, would have trouble in this event due to insufficient suspension travel. Luckily the crew weren't hurt. Even more lucky no workers/spectators were hurt.
      Lt. Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yup, the car is worth enough that it will be rebuilt... In regards to "why" it crashed, I agree with Gary... Probably not enough suspension travel...
      tump
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good attitude. If you are worried about hurting it, then you couldn't afford it in the first place. This rule applies to most everything.
        GasMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tump
        I was once an instructor for a guy with a brand new Porsche Carrera GT at a racetrack. He drove it like a total wimp because he was afraid of scratching it (or maybe killing himself). I decided right then that I would only buy a fantastic car like that if I was willing to treat it like a Miata. Kudos to this guy for doing exactly that. Now get some more lessons.
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