Any time you have to hand off the keys to a valued car, it can be a little nerve racking – and with some justification. Just check out this video, which serves as a cautionary tale of sorts. According to its YouTube description, the user, named ShakenBakeRacin, lent his Ariel Atom to his brother and recorded video of him driving the lightweight racer on the north course at VIR – Virginia International Raceway. What was probably not expected was what ensues in the video.

The driver is hot on the heels of another Atom when a combined crest-and-curve results in loss of control (okay, in addition to the car getting light, it looks like our driver may have forgotten his track map). The Ariel unceremoniously exits the racing surface. That alone would have been enough justification for the owner to ask for his keys back, but things don't end there. The scant curb weight of the Atom combined with track-minded tires proves a dangerous combination when skating across the grass infield. Considering the wide-open expanses of green space where the Atom could have slowed to a less-dramatic stop, the results feel doubly unfortunate.

At the end of the wild ride, is it just us, or does it seem like the frustrated Atom just about spits in frustration? "Ptooey!" Okay, maybe it's just us. Watch the video below and judge for yourself.


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      Cory O'Brien
      • 2 Years Ago
      To his credit, he did turn the front wheels. Not to his credit, they were locked up at that point, and doing him no good. Ptooey!
      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 2 Years Ago
      up and ATOM!
      oldstyle81
      • 2 Years Ago
      holy crap he hit that hard, the wall cracked with impact.
      56Jalopy
      • 2 Years Ago
      In my driver training they said, " whatever you are looking at is where you are going to hit". Look at the clear spot that's where you'll go. That is why so many drivers hit the only obstacle in miles when they loose control.
        west
        • 2 Years Ago
        @56Jalopy
        yes, this is a human trait/weakness. Like you say it's one of the first things discussed for newbies. Similarly, watching someone go off you can find yourself instantly following them so I hear. I think a lot of that though is more apparent on 2 wheels because your body has a lot more affect on where the bike goes.
      vwynn
      • 2 Years Ago
      anyone else notice the skid marks where he oversteered? LOL looks like that turn has claimed many cars...
      avconsumer2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Regardless of his skill, seems like kind of a pointless section of barrier.
        ELG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @avconsumer2
        the barrier is there to keep cars off the south course/full course. the back straight is right after that barrier. if you think hitting that jerseywall is bad, i guarantee you getting hit by a z06 going 170 is worse
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @avconsumer2
        Exactly. My first thought after watching the wreck was "Why is that barrier even there?"
      Gnostic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like he was not the "Lone Ranger." Another set of skid marks and ruts preceded his path through the grass.
      DonGuason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since he was only feet away from clearing the cement blocks, I wonder if it would of been possible maneuver a few feet to the right to clear them.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 2 Years Ago
      No ABS brakes is hazardous for ABS plastic.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      jammyjo
      • 2 Years Ago
      He did it on purpose.
      west
      • 2 Years Ago
      to see a similar result on same VIR track look up youtube "In-car footage of Audi R8 Wreck at VIR " it's a lot funnier and even more of a driver goof up in a car he shouldn't have been driving so fast in the first place.
        mrpinto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @west
        There's nothing funny about the destruction of a beautiful supercar. If you think that there is, you're in a far worse spot than any amateur track racer...
          ELG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mrpinto
          lol "track racer"
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