Newfoundland is a bit of a funny place. It's the easternmost point of the North American continent, has its own half time zone, was the last province to join Canadian confederation (having existed as a British colony until 1949) and has its own linguistic dialects. It's also the kind of place where you can fail upwards, it seems. Particularly when driving a customized Ferrari Enzo.

You may recall the story of one Zahir Rana, a Kenyan-born exotic car dealer and enthusiast based in Calgary, Alberta, who took his Edo-modified Enzo to the 2011 Targa Newfoundland rally and promptly drove it right off the road and into a tidal river on the Atlantic coast. (If you missed the story, you can watch the video footage right here after the jump.) Some $100,000 in damage was reportedly caused to the million-dollar supercar – though we wouldn't be surprised it the final figure were substantially more – but that hasn't deterred Rana, or his friends, from returning.

Having lived to tell the tale of his epic crash, Rana has had his Enzo's engine further tuned to 950 horsepower, and is reportedly planning to bring it back for the 2012 Targa Newfoundland... along with 20 of the friends and clients he has amassed from over a decade in the business. Which strikes us as a particularly headstrong and determined way to get back on the prancing horse, so long as this year's rally goes a little more smoothly for Team ZR Exotics.





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      gary
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hope he spent some effort to modify the suspension, too. That car had FAR to little wheel travel for the road conditions in NF. That said, I love the guy's moxie. What would have been a spirit-breaking moment for most anyone (driving your $1mil Ferrari into a river while multiple video cameras were present, ensuring the event will live on ad infinitum on the internet) hasn't deterred him in the slightest. In fact it has inspired him to rally a relatively large number of additional entries to share the experience when he returns.
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      950hp and poorly maintained Newfoundland roads ain't good combinations. But what a car guy. Thumbs up to him all the time.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      950 Horsepower? That doesn't seem likely to reduce the chances of a repeat crash. It's a tough rally and a good one, hopefully foolishness doesn't put an end to it.
      David G.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The driver is so right. You crash your car, give it a boo boo, and you fix and and move on, continue to live life to the fullest. reminds me of me today. A few hours ago, for the first time ever I crashed my car. I was going up a slick mountain road I rarely drive on to go sledding with a few friends and was going just a little bit to fast for a corner, and I slid off into the snowbank. I put my vehicle into reverse, drove out, and went to the nearest safe place to pull over to look to see if I had any damage. Turns out that while either going into the snowbank or backing out a 6" tall by 18" wide piece of the right side front bumper cracked off. It sucks, but I'm perfectly fine, I'll just have to pay to get a new bumper. Oh well. Live and learn, it sucks for a short period of time, but in the end it makes you a better driver/person/more careful/whatever. Could of been worse, if it were earlier in the season, before the 6 foot tall snowbank was created by plow trucks, I would've slid down 40 feet into a river. Good thing in the end it's January and not September after the first snowfall. P.S. Technically there is some of Alaska, i.e. part of North America, in the Eastern Hemisphere proper. Certainly much farther east than Newfoundland.
      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Must have seen a pelican or something.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      A true car nut! He could probably go faster with a tuned GTR 1/10 the price, but there is AFAIK no other 950hp Enzo in existence. He took the FXX and turned it to 11 for sure.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        It's not an actual FXX. It's an Edo Competition modified Enzo. They built it to look like an FXX.
      Zee Frunch Canadiun
      • 3 Years Ago
      The cars that Rana and his buddies want to race in the Targa are just not suited for that type of racing. You can't take a track-tuned car and drop it in Newfie-land and expect the thing to perform. If Rana wants to do the Targa properly, he should enter with a car more suited to the racing conditions. Same for the rest of his uber-rich wannabe racer friends
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just hope it doesn't catch on fire.... that many horses is kind of scary in italian car
      jirM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kudos to this guy for not giving up. It would be more saddening if he didn't race the Enzo ever again, gathering dust in a garage.
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