Autocross critics are quick to tell you that the pastime is a good way to learn bad habits behind the wheel. We say that, while it may be true, caning a vehicle around a parking lot while dodging a few cones is a good way to have a lot of fun behind the wheel in a fairly low-risk environment. Most autocross courses are designed to keep the speed down and the technicality up, which keeps both drivers and their vehicles safe from any real damage. Or at least, that's how its supposed to work.

A driver behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette recently found out just what can go wrong when there isn't enough runoff around a cone slalom at a Speed Ventures autocross. According to YouTube, the driver had just returned from a break, meaning that both the track and the vehicle's tires were cold as he came into the esses. The vehicle's rear breaks lose in a slow, drawn out slide that culminates with the entire passenger side of the vehicle getting cozy with a nearby curb. It's gut-wrenching at best. Hit the jump to check out the carnage for yourself.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      "Uh, hi, State Farm... I was autocrossing, and" ::Click:: "hello?"
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is Onstar, we have detected an emergency with the vehicle. Do you have any injuries or need any assistance? Does a bruised ego count?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Was all of that really necessary to parallel park your Vette?
      • 3 Years Ago
      the driver really did loose when he broke lose.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was not a SCCA Solo event, which has strict course design guidelines and a trained safety steward structure. Cold tires and low skill are no excuse for this incident - the driver should have never been exposed to vehicle damage. Autocross is generally very safe and incident-free. Hype-ready crash-up media from lax smaller clubs like this give potential entrants and site owners the wrong impression about the sport. Low-cost venues are the lifeblood of autocross, and site loss is a real concern currently.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Poor course design, the safety steward should have changed that before the first car even got off the line. The guy wasn't even pushing it, and it doesn't appear that the pavement is much off camber if at all. It looks like possibly too quick/jerk of the wheel and maybe a liberal amount of throttle input and roundy-round you will go. Regardless, poor course design was the biggest mistake here.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Critics - learn bad habits" Are you kidding me?! Autox teaches car-control. This video features an expensive lesson... course should have been designed with more runoff to avoid the curb encounter. Sad.
      • 3 Years Ago
      any dude who puts aftermarket tail lights like that on a vette should be curbed!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oops!! Driver ran out of talent.
      Alonzo Alex Clark
      • 3 Years Ago
      dude i always make it that corner in Forza man where's the reset button!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can definitely hear him get on the throttle as he comes up to the last cone of the slalom (middle cone is hidden behind the sign). It looks (but doesn't quite sound) as though he lifted to get the car around the final cone and this caused the back of the car to come around. It's honestly a pretty typical occurrence in autocross and doesn't necessarily take a novice to perform it. The physics behind it is that coming in, the weight of the car is towards the rear. As the drive lifts this suddenly shifts the weight forward, increasing front traction and decreasing rear. This sudden shift in traction combined with the cornering forces causes the rear of the car to whip right around. That's my two cents on what happened. As far as the driver, the car, the course... mistakes happen. You can't bubble wrap everything.
        • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      thats what he gets for putting a bra on his car
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