Only 375 models of the 2015 McLaren P1 cars were ever produced. Now, one of the rare cars needs major repair after a single car crash in Dallas, Texas.
Investigators said that the 27-year-old driver of the exotic car lost control and hit a guardrail after hitting a wet spot in the road. The car, which is valued at more than $1 million, was “heavily damaged” in the accident. Both the driver and his passenger were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The accident occurred only one day after the owner acquired the car from the dealer, according to ABC News (11.26.14).
The McLaren P1 is a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual control that goes from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. The car comes equipped with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine paired with an electric motor, producing more than 900hp. It has a top speed of 217 mph.
Water on the roadways can create a number of serious risks for drivers. One of these is hydroplaning. Hydroplaning, or aquaplaning, occurs when the tires of a vehicle lose contact with the surface of the road. When a car is hydroplaning, it essentially is driving on a very thin, slippery layer of water instead of on the road. Since there is no traction, a car that is skidding because of hydroplaning is likely to go out of control. The vehicle can crash into other cars on the road, or slide off the pavement into an embankment or other obstacle.
The consequences of a hydroplaning crash are often serious since the car’s driver loses control of the vehicle after steering and braking become impossible. A driver is more likely to hydroplane and lose control if he or she is going fast. Drivers must drive the speed limit and also drive at a speed that is safe for the weather conditions. Whatever speed the McLaren P1 was going before the accident occurred was unreported.
Any vehicle can hydroplane, including cars, trucks and motorcycles.
People who are injured by a driver who lost control of their car due to hydroplaning may be eligible to file a lawsuit that claims financial compensation for any physical or property damage that may have sustained in the crash. Victims, or their loved ones, may also be entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
The ABC News article cited is “Driver crashes $1M car bought the day before, two injured.”