Gone in 60 minutes.
You can imagine how elated you would feel after being handed the keys to your dream supercar. Unfortunately for this driver who bought a 503-hp Ferrari F430 Scuderia in the UK, that feeling didn’t last very long. The BBC reports that the track-focused supercar was wrecked beyond recognition in a nasty-looking smash-up just one hour after it was driven away from the dealership. It wasn't excessive speed that caused the crash according to police, but wet conditions on the M1 motorway in South Yorkshire. After losing control, the Italian exotic "went airborne."
The lightweight $260,000 supercar then hurtled 50 meters down an embankment before coming to rest on a nearby field where it burst into flames. Remarkably, the driver managed to escape the twisted wreckage with only minor cuts and bruises. “Officers asked the driver what sort of car he ‘had’ to which he replied ‘It was a Ferrari,’ police said in a statement on Facebook. Note the emphasis on “was.” “Demonstrating a sense of damaged pride he then said ‘I’ve only just got it, picked it up an hour ago,’” the statement added. "Over the past couple of weeks there has been a number of collisions where driving styles have not reflected the road & weather conditions."
As the grim photos show, all that remains of this once fetching Ferrari F430 Scuderia is a mangled burnt out wreck that’s clearly damaged beyond repair. Not many examples of the 430 Scuderia exist in the UK either, which only makes this supercar death more tragic. Before it met its maker, this F430 Scuderia, which was seen as a rival to the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, was capable of hitting 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds before topping out at 198 mph.