Audi crash at Le Mans.....
Posted 11 June 2011 - 07:38 PM
YouTube - Allan McNish Crash Le Mans 24 Hours 2011
Allen McNish ( and several photographers ) were very lucky indeed to get away with that one.
Posted 11 June 2011 - 08:13 PM
Posted 11 June 2011 - 08:31 PM
Posted 11 June 2011 - 09:13 PM
I think McNish was in the safest place during the impact, it was all those bits of flying carbon fibre & that loose wheel that was the worrying bit.
Posted 11 June 2011 - 09:22 PM
For those who don't know what that was, this prompted Mercedes to withdraw from the race.
The Le Mans Tragedy (1955) The Worst Disaster in Auto-Racing History - Video
The changes at the track since then certainly were in play here.
Posted 11 June 2011 - 11:29 PM
The same can't be said for the 1955 tragedy, I've never seen that footage before, it sent a chill down my spine.
"It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see" - Winston Churchill
Posted 12 June 2011 - 05:34 AM
Posted 12 June 2011 - 08:01 AM
YouTube - CRASH Le Mans 2011 - Mike Rockenfeller Audi R18 - Live FR
Motorsport forums are already referring to it as 'Le Mans 2'...and in fact, this second major accident happened a very short distance from where the Ferrari goes into the trees in the 1970 movie......
Posted 12 June 2011 - 01:09 PM
What an incredible and dramatic Le Mans !
Posted 12 June 2011 - 03:52 PM
Just a thought.
Posted 12 June 2011 - 04:04 PM
Thanks mainly to carbon-fibre technology and a large slice of luck, it seems that no-one was seriously injured. It's still the thing that sets motor sport apart ; golfers risk a strained back, premier league footballer risks drunken punch-ups in night clubs....but it's not quite the same as McNish's Audi virtually disintegrating at 140mph......
Posted 12 June 2011 - 04:58 PM
Posted 12 June 2011 - 05:04 PM
Back in the "day" that wouldn't be the case for sure, and without doubt "dame fortune" had a hand in the affair as well.
Posted 13 June 2011 - 06:48 AM
Countless F1 drivers owe their lives to the stuff ( which was pioneered in motor sport by John Barnard of McLaren ). It's the single biggest reason why so many of them 'walk away' instead of being crippled ( like Didier Pironi or Jacques Laffite ) or worse.....
Posted 13 June 2011 - 06:55 AM
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