UK Driver Crashes Ferrari 812 Right After Turning Off Traction Control

These systems are on for a good reason as the video proves.
Loukia Papadopoulos
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There's a video that has been making the rounds of a point of view of a Ferrari 812 Superfast crashing in London. You may be wondering why this is newsworthy. Well, it's because you rarely get to see one of these supercars crash, let alone from the point of view of a head-cam video?


Have you ever seen the airbag of a Ferrari 812 Superfast? Neither did we. But let's discuss the video first.

In the clip, you can see the driver stop at a red light and press a button on the dashboard. That particular button is the same color and in the same location as the traction button on similar Ferrari models.

This means that while deciding to speed in a crowded busy London street, this driver also decided to turn off the car's traction control systems. These complex and very useful systems are in place to prevent drivers from immediately spinning out of control.

Did he really turn off the nannies?

We can't be sure that the driver turned off the nannies in the 789 HP, rear-wheel-drive car because no such information is given in the video. Instead, we only hear a series of beeps and see a dash light turn on.

However, judging from what happened next, we can venture a safe guess that he did indeed turn off the traction control systems, a very unwise move. It's easy to guess what will follow when one uninhibits a 789 HP engine, right? Of course the car is going to crash!

If wrecking the $360,000 vehicle wasn't enough, The Sun reported that police are also investigating the accident. It turns out that the vehicle was driving down Lambeth Bridge on a road limited to 20 mph (32 km/h).

This means in addition to whatever charges the driver will incur for fixing the now damaged car, he may also be charged with a misdemeanor. One lesson can clearly be learned from this incident: never disable a fast car's traction control systems and jeopardize the safety of people around. They are there for a reason. 


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