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The most expensive car crash in history

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A multi-millionaire financier escaped without a scratch after writing off his £1.4million supercar in the most expensive car crash in history.

Steffen Korbach’s Pagani Zonda F Clubsport Roadster disintegrated after he lost control on a wet motorway in Italy and crashed into a barrier.

The Clubsport Roadster - one of only 25 of the 7.3-litre cars ever made - was a mangled wreck with debris strewn over the carriageway. But its super-safe structure protected Mr Korbach and his 21-year-old female passenger, who both emerged with only minor bruising.

Mr Korbach, 28, a German investment banker, crashed on the A10 autostrada as he was on his way to Milan for the official presentation of a new Pagani Huayra - which he recently ordered.

A source said: 'He was driving through roadworks at the speed limit, but when they ended he accelerated up to just over 100kmh (62mph) and hit a pool of surface water which caused the car to aquaplane.

'Even though Steffen is an experienced supercar driver, he couldn't correct the Zonda's position and he collided with the roadside barriers.

'The car doesn't have airbags so he was lucky to escape unharmed - it shows how safe the passengers' cell is in these sorts of cars. Amazingly, he's considering getting the car repaired but this won't come cheap - it's been really badly damaged.'

Mr Korbach said that the lively Zonda F Clubsport Roadster can be difficult to control in certain road conditions. It is rated as one the greatest modern supercars, with Top Gear host Richard Hammond a big fan.

It is also one of the world's most expensive new cars with only the £1.5million Koenigsegg CCXR and £1.6million Bugatti Veyron Super Sport costlier. Neither the Koenigsegg nor Bugatti is believed to have ever been written off in a crash.

Mr Korbach, who also owns the Porsche tuning outfit Gemballa, will not be short of supercars to drive in the meantime.
As well as his new Huayra - Pagani's replacement for the Zonda - he owns two Bugatti Veyrons, two Lamborghinis and a Porsche-based Gemballa Mirage.

He has also ordered the new McLaren MP4-12C - widely anticipated to be Britain's greatest ever supercar.
The Italian Zonda, with its rear-mounted V12 engine, produces 650bhp and is capable of doing 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds.

It has a top speed of 214mph and lapped the Top Gear track quicker than the Bugatti Veyron.

Tommy Wareham, director of dealer Super Vettura, said: 'The Pagani Zonda is quite possibly the last ever true-blooded supercar - it's a ferocious poster car for the 21st century.

'It's incredibly exclusive and bespoke and, as these pictures show, it's as safe as it is fast.'
post #2 of 38
Glad he's ok, but I'm pretty sure I really, really hate that guy.

I thought you were posting the Texan who drove his Veyron into a lake. The owner, incidentally, ordered a replacement Veyron.

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Glad he's ok, but I'm pretty sure I really, really hate that guy.

+1. Then again, props given if purchased with his own money which might be the case.

And at least it wasn't driven by some rich old fart who crashed because he's old and old people are shitty drivers.
post #4 of 38
Uh - no. Far more expensive cars have crashed.

Still, this sucks.
post #5 of 38
Thread worthless without pics of 21 year old female passenger.
post #6 of 38
^Kinda surprising she didn't bite the guy's cawk off at impact.
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Originally Posted by zjpj83 View Post
Uh - no. Far more expensive cars have crashed.

Still, this sucks.

F1, yes.

HUARYA!!!!! lol.
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Originally Posted by zjpj83 View Post
Uh - no. Far more expensive cars have crashed. Still, this sucks.
Hasn't there been at least one 250 GTO crash? I'd presume even a salvageable wreck in that car would be far far more expensive than wrecking any modern car. With the exception of a McLaren F1 LM, I can't think of any car of the last 20 years that would approach anything close to that level. Also, yes need to see 21 year old.
post #9 of 38
He's 28 and driving a $2m+ car? WTF?!?
post #10 of 38
Investment banker and he owns Gemballa. Not bad
post #11 of 38
I assume the car, and most super cars, was insured by Llyods of London.
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I assume the car, and most super cars, was insured by Llyods of London.

I suspect the Geico gekko would have an embolism.
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Hasn't there been at least one 250 GTO crash? I'd presume even a salvageable wreck in that car would be far far more expensive than wrecking any modern car. With the exception of a McLaren F1 LM, I can't think of any car of the last 20 years that would approach anything close to that level. Also, yes need to see 21 year old.
Yes, here's a 250 GTO I saw a few years ago with a temporary nose. Vintage racecars are often getting dinged up or occasionally destroyed. In my view, there is a fine line between "enjoying them as they were meant to be driven" and actually ruining historical artifacts. These cars are irreplaceable. It's a tough balancing act. And how much of the original car has to be left after "restorations" for it still to be the same car? What makes a car the car that it purports to be? The chasis only? The body panels too? Original engine? Original gearbox? Once you start going down the path of replacing this and that, it's a difficult existential question.
post #15 of 38
that's big time
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