Rare Ferrari F40 ‘worth up to £2million’ is left a crumpled mess in Swiss supercar event


F-ING hell! Rare Ferrari F40 ‘worth up to £2million’ is left a crumpled mess after smashing into a wall during classic supercar event in Swiss mountains

  • Classic Ferrari F40 crashed into race barrier during Swiss supercar event 
  • No one hurt in Switzerland’s 2022 Kerenzerbergrennen hill climb race
  • Video showed £2million, limited edition 1990s supercar being lifted away 
  • Crash put down to ‘turbo lag’ with driver pushing accelerator too hard 

The front of a classic Ferrari F40 met with a race barrier in an expensive crash during a supercar event in the Swiss mountains as part of the 75th Ferrari anniversary.

Neither driver nor a female spectator near the accident site were hurt as the Ferrari skidded out of control during Switzerland’s 2022 Kerenzerbergrennen hill climb race.

The costly fender bender has been put down to ‘turbo lag’, which is the time between mashing the throttle and feeling the rush of acceleration from a turbocharged engine.

Video of the aftermath of the crash showed the £2million, limited edition 1990s classic supercar being lifted onto the back of a truck, its front end battered and crumpled.

Another video shows the car sedately cruising up the mountain road and taking a corner at a low speed when as it passes out of sight a cacophony of squealing and screeching tyres preface a loud smash.

It remains to be determined if the car is a write-off, since most of the body was still intact. The bill for any repairs will be substantial even more a wealthy individual, it is thought.  

The £2million, limited edition 1990s classic supercar was lifted onto the back of a truck, its front end battered and crumpled after crashing in a Swiss supercar event

The £2million, limited edition 1990s classic supercar was lifted onto the back of a truck, its front end battered and crumpled after crashing in a Swiss supercar event

The crumpled front of the Ferrari F40

It is loaded onto a truck and covered in tarp

Another video shows the car sedately cruising up the mountain road and taking a corner at a low speed when as it passes out of sight a cacophony of squealing and screeching tyres preface a loud smash

Here is the moment the F40 approach the corner where it apparently roared out of control and into a race barrier

Here is the moment the F40 approach the corner where it apparently roared out of control and into a race barrier

Neither driver nor a female spectator near the accident site were hurt as the Ferrari skidded out of control during Switzerland's 2022 Kerenzerbergrennen hill climb race

Neither driver nor a female spectator near the accident site were hurt as the Ferrari skidded out of control during Switzerland’s 2022 Kerenzerbergrennen hill climb race

An ambulance which was part of the event organisation raced to the scene but it was not required.

The ill-fated F40 had joined a fleet of classic motorcars brought by their proud owners for the Kerenzerbergrennen hill climb through the elegiac Swiss mountains in the Glarus canton to the east of the country.

The event is loosely described as a race, but in reality it is more of a ‘travelling museum’ by its president, Peter Rufibach.

He told the Swiss site 20 Min: ‘In the area where the accident happened, the track is anything but demanding,’

‘The event is like a travelling museum. Some drive slower and others faster. In the area where the accident happened, the track is anything but demanding,’ he continued. 

Around 15 private Ferrari owners had asked if they could take part in the mountain race - reasonably challenging with 12 corners - as part of the 75th Ferrari anniversary in a straight line one behind the other, with sufficient safety distance between each car

Around 15 private Ferrari owners had asked if they could take part in the mountain race – reasonably challenging with 12 corners – as part of the 75th Ferrari anniversary in a straight line one behind the other, with sufficient safety distance between each car

The ill-fated F40 had joined a fleet of classic motorcars brought by their proud owners for the Kerenzerbergrennen hill climb through the elegiac Swiss mountains in the Glarus canton to the east of the country

The ill-fated F40 had joined a fleet of classic motorcars brought by their proud owners for the Kerenzerbergrennen hill climb through the elegiac Swiss mountains in the Glarus canton to the east of the country

Around 15 private Ferrari owners had asked if they could take part in the mountain race – reasonably challenging with 12 corners – as part of the 75th Ferrari anniversary in a straight line one behind the other, with sufficient safety distance between each car.

With these conditions in place, it is hard to know exactly why the luxury supercar crashed. 

The F40 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V8 that makes 471 hp (352 kW/478 PS) in European spec. 

While that power is certainly enough to get you into trouble, it has also been noted that the ’80s turbocharging technology and its associated lag could get drivers into trouble by providing a sudden kick of torque that they might not be expecting. 

Ferrari made only 1,315 examples of the F40 between 1987 and 1992. It came with a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 making 471 bhp. 

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