When's the last time you watched a wreck that took nearly two minutes to conclude? Driver Eric Peterson's XDR Firebird got out of shape almost immediately during a solo dragstrip run and crashed almost head-on into the wall.

According to people in attendance, both tires on the car's driver's side were torn off, and the impact ripped the master cylinder from the firewall. The throttle cable was attached to the cylinder, so when the cylinder fell, the throttle controlling a 1,500-plus-horsepower engine got stuck wide open for more than a minute. Worst of all, the initial impact knocked Peterson unconscious, so he wasn't able to do anything to intervene.

You can see what happens after that in the video after the jump. Peterson, an experienced racer, came to after the medics cut him out of the car and is said to be at home and ok.



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      KGenesis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well thank God that gentleman is okay and made it out alive. With that being said, he included all the elements of an epic burnout. Wreckage, loss of crontrol, fire, and a bad ass smoke show. I am pleased to announce that you win burn out of the year! Put the other youtube burnout competition to shame.
      dirtix19
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anybody know the name engine builder or the maker of the line-lock (assuming the line lock somehow made the car not move after impact)? They seem to be phenomenal! Oh and by they way, you political idiots, there is not one person in the government with enough real life experience to work on their own cars, so quit your griping!
        The_Zachalope
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dirtix19
        "there is not one person in the government with enough real life experience to work on their own cars" I guess I should either resign from my position, or put my tools away.
      Devin Christiansen
      • 3 Years Ago
      That could have been so much worse. Yikes.
      GreaseMonkeySRT
      • 3 Years Ago
      In before Toyota joke.
      Tripointkid
      • 3 Years Ago
      This could have turned out really really bad for the driver and the safety crew. Kudos to the safety crew for their courage and risking themselves to get in there even when the car was still running.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Helluva burnout. Roast dem meats!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
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      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sometimes massive burnouts lead to wrecks, but this is the first time I have ever seen a wreck lead to a massive burnout...flames and all. Glad Peterson's OK, too bad he was out cold while his car was misbehaving.
      tacmedic53
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having spent almost 40 years in some type of emergency medical services to include Fire Rescue,,,,,,,,,,The responding crew was WAY WAY SLOW!.............Plus it appears they had no protective gear on their heads and gasoline/oil fires get put out with AFFF or other chemical suppresants...Not WATER! Hats of fto them for eventually getting there,,,,But I think someone needs to review the response scenario for future occurances Doc Savage
      Maxximtl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who knew you could experience throttle lift oversteer on a dragstrip.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dang - that is about the scariest drag strip crash footage I've seen. Nothing those track emergency folks could do and I'll bet they were worried that thing was going to swing around and come back towards the tree as well, (not to mention the fire, potential explosion and bits of engine and wheels flying all over...) Yikers...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      papabearstalkr
      • 3 Years Ago
      that goe's to show you, just how fast thing's can go bad and good that they lived
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