Last night a high speed chase involving a Porsche 996 GT3 aired on a Dutch TV show `Wegmisbruikers`. The silver Porsche 996 GT3 caught the eye of an undercover highway police surveillance car and after two speed measurements of 211 km/h and 196 km/h he ignores the stop sign given by the police and a high speed chase begins. After taking what I would assume to be a pretty fun little detour, the Porsche spins and crashes into the highway guardrail but is still able to continue on for a while.
Shortly after the driver jumps into a silver Golf and someone else takes the wheel of the already wrecked Porsche.
News sources say the driver carried a gun and a whack of hard drugswith him. Shame those idiots destroy the car without even using the full potential.
Nick Bollea, son of Hulk Hogan, the professional wrestler and now family-man on reality TV, was seriously injured in a car accident Sunday August 26, 2007 in Clearwater, Florida.
The accident happened on Court Street, a main drag in downtown Clearwater, causing the entire street to be shut down for hours.
No 911 call was made to police. The accident was called in by an officer who rolled up right after the crash happened.
Both Nick and the passenger were Medivac’d via helicopter to a hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Alcohol is not believed to have played a part in the crash. The crash seems to have been caused by excessive speed, Shelor said.
As per TMZ.com:
“Law enforcement tells TMZ the accident occurred around 7:31 PM ET. According to police, a Toyota Supra, driven by Nick Bollea (Hogan’s real name), was traveling at a very high rate of speed when it lost control and hit a raised median. The car was flipped around and the back end hit a palm tree. The impact, we’re told, “destroyed the entire car.” The two male occupants were flown by Medivac helicopter from the accident scene to a hospital in St. Petersburg. We’re told both men had “very very serious” injuries.”
At 8:58am this morning (Monday August 27, 2007) TMZ has apparently confirmed that Hogan was discharged from the hospital early this morning, however the passenger of the wreck is still listed in critical condition.
Update 11am: John J. Graziano, 22, who was in the car with Hogan at the time of the crash, remains in critical condition at the Bayfront Medical Center.
Videos of exotic sports cars doing high speed runs are all the rage on youtube. But recent complaints about 200 kmh activity on public highways have some police forces asking questions.
The video below that the RCMP in Alberta are investigating was linked on pretty much every car forum around the world and even made it to the front page of digg in a matter of hours.
With the healthy run-up in the price of light sweet crude, local real estate, and the Canadian dollar, 25 year olds in Calgary can use their fat paychecks and new-found home equity to buy exotic cars from the US significantly cheaper than they could in Canada. Late model Porsches Turbos, Ferraris and Lamborghinis are also in steady supply from a few local dealers. Cars ranging from 996 Turbos to Gallardos and F430s are a relatively common sight. The new owners of these cars often stage impromptu cruises, first meeting at a parking lot, and then going for a scenic ‘drive’ outside the city, in packs ranging from three or four to sometimes over 20. Seeing one of these car club runs on any summer weekend is not uncommon. Pictures taken by keen car spotters are often posted on forums and photo sites.
Zahir Rana, owner of the pre-owned exotic dealership ZR Auto (and a spectacular yellow Enzo Ferrari) , stages a few of these cruises with his customers every year. Two dozen exotics, usually ordered by type of car (Enzo in the front), head out together on a long drive through the scenic rocky mountain and British Columbia region. Nearly every car in the group can reach 200 km h very quickly and very comfortably, let alone much higher speeds. Rana has been known to hire helicopters to film their exotic car mountain road escapades.
The video filmed in October 2006, shows Zahir Rana outside the city with a couple of his customers. The cars featured are an Enzo Ferrari and a Novitec Rosso F430 F1 Supersport both belonging to Rana, and 2 lightly modified Lamborghini Gallardos. A ‘Top Speed’ run is attempted in each car, with the Enzo Ferrari easily taking the crown, its digital speedometer recorded a Max 339 km/h. (see photo below)
The video clearly states that the top speed runs were done in controlled conditions, by experts, on a closed highway.
At the time of its popularity on the web , there were many discussions of whether the roads were actually closed-off to the public when these high speed runs were performed, and if cops had been informed and this was done legally.
All that discussion can be put to rest as Alberta Police are stating in public that they had no idea!
This story is being covered now all the major newspapers in Canada.
“I could have done 350, but I ran out of road,” Mr. Rana tells the camera.
Rana is currently declining comment.
Update: Wed Aug 15
Zahir Rana is interviewed in the Calgary Sun
In the article, Rana says they were not out racing, they were “out for coffee!”
Rana also acknowledges the video is under investigation, and then says ‘the film is fiction’.
CBC reports 4 people were arrested based on reports of 3 Ferraris and a Lamborghini driving at 200 kmh early Sunday morning outside Calgary. The article confirms that one of the people arrested was infact Zahir Rana.
Rana once again claims the video is a fake!
“It’s not factual at all,” he said. “You can make “… spaceships land on the moon and put it on TV and [make it] look real.”
After some time now, the first special edition of the Bugatti Veyron has finally arrived”…the Bugatti Veyron Pegaso Edition.
Pegaso was a Spanish brand of trucks, buses, tractors, armored vehicles, and, for a while, impressive sport cars such as the Z-102.
Spotted in Dubai, the car apparently belongs to a Russian developer. This special addition also apparently has has 1,200 HP. Yes, you read right, its 1,200 HP, 200 HP more than the “standard” 1,000 HP Veyron.