Somehow, the driver walked away from this scary crash completely unscathed.
Homologation rules required Toyota to build 25,000 examples of the GR Yaris, essentially making it a rally car for the road. While Toyota was forced to abandon plans to build a new Yaris WRC car, the road car still went into production, although it sadly won't be coming to America. Unfortunately, it hasn't taken long for someone to wreck one in spectacular fashion.
Scary video footage shows what should have been a fun track day at the Audruring circuit in Estonia go horribly wrong. Judging from the video, the driver approaches a corner far too fast and loses control on the wet track.
For a moment, it looks like the driver caught the slide, but the rear tires hit a dry patch of track and regain traction, causing the car to overcorrect and slide sideways onto a gravel trap. As the wheels dig into the gravel, the hatchback rolls over violently multiple times before coming to a rest on all four wheels.
We bet the driver was dizzy after that ordeal. According to the video description, the GR Yaris was traveling at 105 mph when the driver lost control in the wet conditions. Despite the severity of the dizzying crash, the driver somehow walked away completely unscathed, which is remarkable when you look at the crumpled remains of the car.
While the CCTV footage that captured the crash was shot from a distance, a second video gives a close look at the aftermath. Worryingly, the carbon fiber roof panel snapped in half and the roof caved in, so it's fortunate the driver escaped without any injuries. Both airbags also deployed.
With its 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine producing up to 268 hp, a six-speed manual gearbox, and a curb weight of 3,000 pounds, the Toyota GR Yaris has a recipe that makes it tremendously fun to drive. But as this driver learned the hard way, it's important not to get carried away on a wet track and drive within your skillset.