Like any form of motorsports, attempts at breaking land speed records are inherently dangerous. To wit: During a recent speed competition at El Mirage dry lake beds in southern California, racer Brian Gillespie and his first-gen Honda Insight crashed at nearly 190 miles per hour, and it was all caught on video.

According to the Southern California Timing Association website, which hosts the event, the weather was good and there was no wind on November 10, so it isn't clear what may have caused the crash. Despite the car being destroyed (including the entire front end being sheared off), Gillespie suffered only "minor injuries" and is recovering. The SCTA site does state that Gillespie managed to crack the 200-mile-per-hour mark in a previous run with a top speed of 200.9 mph, so congratulations to him on that! Scroll down to watch the horrifying crash.


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      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is one of the most violent car crashes I've ever seen. Amazing that he only had "minor injuries," whatever that means. Would not be surprised if he had several broken and torn bits.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad the driver is ok and that he only got minor injuries. It seems like he eased off the gas for some reason and the rear end got light and came around on him. I could be wrong but that's what I got from the video. WOW!!! He may have the worlds record for the number of times he rolled the car. That was some wipeout...
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank goodness for full rollcages.
      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 1 Year Ago
      That was nuts. It's amazing that the driver survived with minor injuries.
      TahsinZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      whoever designed that rollcage deserves a promotion!
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very brutal. I'm glad the driver made it out with nothing but a bruised ego.
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      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      1) Someone's got balls. 2) Isn't this basic aerodynamics? The center of pressure moves back on the vehicle as the speed increases. 3) Was the driver turning the wheel, to avoid something? Too much turn too quickly.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        #3 That car is not very heavy. It may have hit something that turned its wheels.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Not enough downforce for 190.
        Zcd1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Exactly. I recall an auto journalist crashing in a very similar way in a Firebird way back when. The explanation of what caused the crash stuck with me, and this was the reason. Oh, and OMG!!!
      David Murray
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm curious what modifications were made so that the 1st Gen Insight could go that fast. I used to have one of those and I can assure you it would not do 190 mph. It also did not sound like this one in the video.
        carcrazed4life
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David Murray
        I'm going to assume it is no longer a hybrid and running a built B motor with possible Forced Induction...
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          @carcrazed4life
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          Landon Solomon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carcrazed4life
          My stock Insight regularly hit 107 so I could see a built and blown Insight motor getting these higher speeds. On the other hand, removal of the IMA system would give enough space to slip a 4-cyl in there and then the sky's the limit.
      bk
      • 1 Year Ago
      He must of pulled 7 G's on those rolls.
      Agilis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do a barrel roll Fox! ... Or 2... Or 3... Or... 20. Glad to see the driver walked away with minor injuries.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only minor injuries? After that?? That's just amazing.
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