Take A Tour Around A Crashed Lexus LFA With £300k Of Damage

The one-of-500 supercar came off a slippery road in January, and it’s estimated that repairing it will cost half a million dollars
Crashed Lexus LFA showing damage to right-hand door
Crashed Lexus LFA showing damage to right-hand door

It’s always heartbreaking to see a supercar get damaged, doubly so when the supercar in question is a Lexus LFA, one of just 500 cars made by the Japanese manufacturer between 2010 and 2012.

This was exactly the subject of a video that was doing the rounds in January this year: a silver LFA that had left a slippery road near Atlanta, Georgia and was being loaded onto a flatbed. Now, YouTuber David Patterson, A.K.A. ThatDudeinBlue, has managed to track down the car and speak to its owner about what happened.

The car’s owner explains that it was simply a case of hydroplaning on a brutally wet road, causing it to spin off. The right-hand side door struck a fire hydrant, leaving a huge tear in the carbon fibre bodywork. The trip down the road’s embankment also caused some significant damage to the rear of the car, tearing one of the tyres from the rim.

Luckily, the rest of the car fared much better: the red leather interior is basically unscathed bar a couple of bits of loose trim, although curiously, the impact didn’t cause the airbags to deploy. The car’s centrepiece – its shrieking 4.8-litre V10 engine – also looks to have survived undamaged.

Most importantly, the owner was okay after the crash and is in good spirits as he shows David around the car. He plans to have the LFA repaired which, thanks to a body made entirely from carbon fibre and the scarcity of parts for such a rare car, will come with an eye-watering cost: the owner estimates somewhere between $400,000 and $500,000 (around £315,000 to £390,000). Back in 2010, an entire LFA cost £340,000 (about £500,000 in today’s money), but good examples are now cresting the million-pound mark.

The owner deserves applause for even bringing the car out in the first place on a wet January day, but this video serves as a reminder: if you’re driving something powerful and rear-wheel drive on anything other than a warm, dry day, caution needs to be exercised.


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