Two people are lucky to be alive after a brutal crash during a recent Ferrari 458 Challenge event in Japan. Driver Shigeru Terajima lost control of his machine on the Suzuka Circuit start/finish straight, left the course at nearly 200 miles per hour and struck the inside wall where a corner worker was standing and monitoring the race. The 458 immediately disintegrated, sending bits of carbon fiber bodywork, suspension components, wheels and tires scattering into the infield and across the race course. The passenger cell spun through the air before coming to a stop on its roof.

Miraculously, both Terajima and the corner worker survived the incident. While the driver was transported to a local hospital in serious condition, he's expected to make a full recovery. The track worker, meanwhile, saw the incident coming and dove out of harm's way at the last possible moment, saving him from the brunt of the impact. You can watch an observer's frightening footage of the Ferrari crash by scrolling below.



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      Alex Butti
      • 1 Year Ago
      I shed some light since some of you seem not to understand what exactly happened. The race was over, (hence the side-worker waving at the drivers). Mr. Terajima did not realize the race was over and kept charging. He moved to the right of another driver ahead of him, trying to squeeze in between the other driver and the wall. Once the other driver closed on him, he had no choice but to hit the wall. Keep in mind the other driver was MUCH slower than Terajima. (I saw the crash about three weeks ago from the stand, right across from the accident). Terajima is still in hospital in severe condition, but press said he will soon recover from it. The side-worker who got hit by the debris is doing fine now. Another point I'd like to make. The Ferrari 458 has an aluminum chassis, not a carbon fiber chassis. The Alcoa aluminum chassis comes with a certified FIA chromoly rollcage bolted onto the chassis. Here below are some Ferrari 458 carnage: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20733247@N06/7897176798/in/set-72157626691708691
      Karl T
      • 1 Year Ago
      View from driver's left: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvOaML3a9gw
        wafflesnfalafel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karl T
        good 2nd clip - shows what happened much better. That course worker saved his own butt by continuing to pay attention as the race ended. Amazing how well the passenger compartment held up as basically everything else was torn from the car.
      Luis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Crazy. Two very weird things: one about the track worker that basically took on the car and was lying motionless on the ground, seems like the camera guy and emergency people don't quite care about the him. Everybody is charging the guy in the car with his helmet/seatbelt/protective cage and no one cares about the guy he basically ran over! huh? Two, when the emergency workers get there half of them seemed to care more about putting up sheets to prevent people from seeing what's happening than actually helping the guy on the ground. WTF? Do they actually have EMTs go in ambulances on sheet duty? "Hey I take care of the guy dying here by myself and you stand there like an ass holding a white sheet so no one sees what I'm doing."
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      God, half a second later and that track worker would've been history...
      ImpulseGTO
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm curious why he was still going balls out when it appears to be the end of the race and they are on the cool down lap. But glad they both survived!
        TrippulG3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        Indeed. Seems like such a bizarre place to lose control...if his brakes locked up, you'd think he'd just keep going straight into the runoff area. The angle at which he hits the wall makes it appear that he cut completely across the width of the track at the last moment...maybe he blew a tire or something? Still seems curious why he was going so much faster than everyone else though.
        mrbucket777
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        I haven't read up to check what lap the race was on of the total distance/laps. Its definitely the case that it was red flagged due to safety concerns for both drivers, track marshals, and spectators. I'm not sure of the rules in this particular race series, but in Formula 1 there are different ways that red flags are handled depending on the current progress in the number of laps completed. Its possible to have the points rewarded to the top 10 finishers cut in half in some cases. This is how Lella Lombardi has the lowest number of points out of all the F1 racers who had earned at least some. Shes also the sole woman to have won World Drivers Championship points with a total of .5 points that she earned in the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix. The 1975 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Montjuïc circuit on April 27, 1975, remembered as one of the most controversial and tragic race weekends in the sport's history after the death of five spectators who were hit by the crashing Hill GH1 of Rolf Stommelen. It was also the race in which Lella Lombardi became the first and only woman to score points towards the World Championship. The rear wing on Stommelen's Embassy Hill broke, sending him into the barrier, ironically at the point that his own mechanics had worked on. He bounced off it and back into the road, hitting the barrier across the way, and flying over it. While trying to avoid Stommelen as he crossed the track, Pace crashed. Five spectators were killed by Stommelen's flying car with the driver suffering a broken leg, a broken wrist and two cracked ribs. The race continued for another four laps, during which Mass passed Ickx for the lead. On lap 29, the race was halted with Mass the winner, Ickx second, and Jean-Pierre Jarier crossed the line in third position. Carlos Reutemann finished fourth ahead of Brambilla and Lella Lombardi sixth. With the race being declared before the race had reached three-fourths distance, only half points were awarded. After the race stewards found that Jarier had overtaken in a portion of the track covered by a yellow flag caution. Jarier was given a sixty second penalty that relegated him to fourth position.
        Alex Butti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        Read my comment above.
      Will
      • 1 Year Ago
      the track worker was on the ground motionless, was he really ok? awful crash.
      Pdexter
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's absolutely amazing how that 458 monocoque survived. Granted I would imaging there's additional cage. In F1 on 70's some of the crashes look like nothing and the driver. Now Hamilton can drive 175mph straight to the wall and walk immediately away like it was nothing. It's nice to see monocoque builds getting better and better on these high performance cars as well.
        Alex Butti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pdexter
        The Ferrari 458 does not have a carbon fiber monocoque. It has an aluminum chassis from Alcoa.
      Mr E
      • 1 Year Ago
      that's insane -- glad to hear everyone made it out at least though
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        Not the place for that crap car guy. Those jokes aren't funny when someone ends up in a hospital.
        Dogleg_the_axis
        • 1 Year Ago
        Wish people would stop saying this already FFS ....
      Carzzz
      • 1 Year Ago
      nearly 200 mph? doubt it.
      wonky donky.
      • 1 Year Ago
      ::gratuitous ill-timed Asian driver comment::
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lightweight and safe!? But it doesn't even have 15 airbags. This Cannot be real, otherwise NHTSA in their infinite wisdom would allow a lightweight 4-wheeled vehicle on the road legally.
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