A Ferrari race event at Japan’s Suzuka Circuit ended in horror last month as one driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into an inside wall at nearly 200 MPH (322 km/h). Incredibly, two men, the driver and a track worker who was standing right at the spot of the crash, who by all odds should be dead, survived the April 21st incident, with the one in the car expected to make a full recovery.
As driver Shigeru Terajima raced down the start/finish straight of the Suzuka Circuit course, located in central Japan’s Mie Prefecture, his Ferrari 458 quickly veers to the right and collides with the wall at a ridiculously high-speed. A race attendee perfectly captured the crash on video, although there is little to be seen, as in less a second Terajima’s car explodes into tiny pieces, with only a small portion of the central body remaining. As the smoke clears, thousands of pieces of debris can be seen on the racetrack, while the safety cage that kept Terajima alive came to a stop upside down after being thrown around.
What could be even more amazing is that a track worker was standing at the wall, watching the race, and subsequently saw the Ferrari heading straight towards him, but managed to survive essentially unharmed. He said afterwards that in that split-second he managed to dive out of the way, while photos reveal just how close he came to getting hit. Terajima was rushed to the hospital in serious condition, however he is now expected to make a full recovery.
[via Auto Blog]