Many automotive addicts will cringe when they see this, while many other jealous folks might just cheer. Whatever your reaction to this Bugatti Veyron lake crash, the circumstances leading up to this supercar blunder are rather comical. Apparently, while the owner of the vehicle was cruising through Galveston, Texas, on his way to check out some real estate, he was chatting on his cell phone when, all of sudden, a low flying pelican caught his attention. It was reported that “the man jerked the wheel, dropped his cell phone, and the car’s front tire left the frontage road and entered a muddy patch, which foiled his attempt to maneuver away from the lagoon.”
And therein lies the rub — a 1,001 hp quad-turbo 16-cylinder engine may be great for propelling one to 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds, but without reverse rocket thrusters or some type of Batman-like grappling hook to jettison, does no good when hurling through mud. With a curb weight of 4,162 pounds, no traction control, ABS or electronic wizardry today can help you here. But what makes no sense is that the news reported “the Veyron’s powerful engine gurgled like an outboard motor for about 15 minutes before it died.”
Somehow, turning off the engine and keeping the doors closed didn’t seem like a good idea to this guy. If it was me, I would have gently climbed out the window and tried to keep the cabin dry. Maybe he just panicked in the nearly 2 feet of salt water. Let’s take score here in the US, where this vehicle is ultra rare. 1 Bugatti down, 14 to go… Lesson for ye other faithful drivers: save a little bit of cash over the $2 million purchase price for a hands free device. Come to think of it, doesn’t the Bugatti Veyron have Bluetooth?
Bugatti Veyron Lake Crash Video
Source: YouTube | Galveston Daily News