A disturbing number of these cars seem to have ended up here by catching on fire.
It’s interesting and slightly depressing to watch documentaries that highlight how our love affair with consumerism makes for a lot of waste. Unfortunately, that waste even comes in the form of objects that were once highly desirable but have lost their use. Objects like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or a Maserati. Usually when we catch wind of an exotic supercar being totaled or catching on fire, we never stop to think about what happens to the unused shell afterwards.
Thanks to YouTuber superspeedersRob, now we know. That’s because he took a trip to Sacramento, California where one of the nation’s exotic car recyclers is located. There workers take in any car with a high-priced badge and strip it of useful components in order for them to be sold as spare parts to owners of other exotics.
The scene is a bit depressing. Carcasses of old Testarossas and Murcielagos line the lot with some of them showing obvious signs of having been crashed at high speeds. Disturbingly, there is a rather large number of cars there that appear to have committed suicide by means of self-immolation, further reinforcing the archetype that with Italian cars, a fiery death is a matter of when, not if. The silver lining in this all is that we can see how a caring team ensures that none of these cars’ sacrifices were in vain because the parts mined from these supercars will save another from spending a beautiful day inside the garage with an engine that won't start. Don't get too sad now.