Not only did the driver survive, but they also fled the scene.
It's not uncommon for mid-engine supercars to split in half during a crash when the impact causes the passenger cell to detach from the engine. It is unusual, however, to see an SUV suffer the same fate. Unfortunately, that's what happened during this nasty-looking smash-up that happened in Russia, as harrowing photos taken from the scene show the remains of an Audi Q7 after it split in two.
And yet despite the severity of the crash, local media reports claim the driver survived without any serious injuries. Not only did the driver survive, but they also allegedly fled the scene of the accident before police arrived. Because that doesn't look suspicious.
Luckily, no innocent bystanders were caught up in the crash. According to reports, the luxury SUV lost control before slamming sideways into a pole, causing it to split in half. Looking at the photos, the Q7 split at the B-pillar just behind the front passenger seats.
The impact was so severe that one of the second-row passenger seats was ejected from the SUV and landed on the street, while the detached exhaust landed on some grass nearby. Strangely, the headliner that sits above the driver remained in one piece and can be seen hanging from the ripped-up roof.
The Audi Q7 is built like a tank and has a stellar safety rating, so we're surprised to see that it split in half. This suggests speed was most likely a factor for the cause of the crash. The Q7 is a speedy SUV thanks to its 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that produces 329 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque in the range-topping model. Police are presumably still investigating the accident, so it will be interesting to find out how fast the driver was going to cause such catastrophic damage to the luxury SUV.