The probably no-longer-that-proud owner of a brand spanking new McLaren 650S Spider must have been overcome with excitement after taking delivery last week.
But, just ten minutes after getting the new £200,000 motor, the driver lost control of the car and ploughed it into a tree. Just minutes beforehand, neighbours in Hutton, Essex reported seeing the driver celebrating with a bottle of champagne as the new arrival came to his house.
The love affair was extremely short-lived, as McLaren’s “entry level supercar” soon found itself looking pretty battered on a grass verge on the side of the road.
The 650S features a V8 engine and can hit 60mph in less than three seconds, something we’re guessing its new owner was aware of. But then again, perhaps not.
The McLaren can reach a top speed of 204mph, more suited to the bends of Silverstone than the streets of Essex. McLaren engineers managed to reduce the car’s weight to just 1,428 kg in order to improve acceleration and fuel economy for the motor, which also features a 3.8 litre engine and a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Fortunately no-one was injured in the crash, which took place last Wednesday. Essex police have appealed for information from anyone who may have witnessed it being driven before the crash, and say they’re trying to trace a woman who approached the driver and passenger immediately after the crash to help them with enquiries.
This isn’t the first time someone has lost control of the powerful McLaren supercar. In February 2015, the same model was badly damaged after a head-on collision with a Saab in Eaton Square in central London.
And last month, a supercar owned by the family of a millionaire teen, the self-proiclaimed Lord Aleem, smashed into the side of a house in Lancashire. A newlywed couple had taken the rented £240,000 Ferrari Spider to drive to their reception when the driver lost control.
Money can’t buy you class. But it can buy you driving lessons…
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