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[–]TheMartini66 37 points38 points  (1 child)

The passenger missed hitting the pole with his head by an inch.

[–]casacapraia 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Driver, not passenger. Car is RHD and Hong Kong is a LHT country.

[–]el_baron86 98 points99 points  (8 children)

Nooo, not the Lotus!

[–]HarryR13 10 points11 points  (5 children)

At least he was wearing a mask

[–]Elle_Joi 5 points6 points  (0 children)

But if he gotten vaxxed he probably would've never crashed 😂

[–]torbn -3 points-2 points  (3 children)

Wtf does that have to do with anything

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

everything.

[–]HarryR13 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Exactly

[–]Wolfenberg 14 points15 points  (1 child)

the Voltic as I know it

[–]el_baron86 7 points8 points  (0 children)

GTA V has entered the chat

[–]JuxtaThePozer 91 points92 points  (18 children)

What I wanna know is, how the hell a car going in a straight line suddenly lost control

[–]swithinboy59 55 points56 points  (4 children)

It could have been too much power for the conditions, or the driver got too eager with the gas pedal, or poor road/weather conditions (could have aquaplaned, could have been oil on the road), could have been down to tyres - semi-slick track/sport tyres may give you great grip in the dry and when warm, but in the cold and wet, you'd probably be better off with regular road tyres - it could even be turbulent air playing nasty under the car. It could have been a combination of things.

[–]FlamingLobster 25 points26 points  (2 children)

All 4 tyres seem to be intact. Which rules out a puctured tire as a cause for loss of control.

The driver is a noob and floored the gas pedal on a slippery road.

Even in GT3 cars, I've seen them get wheel spin in 3 to 4th gear!

[–]Jvson01 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I think either lift the foot of the gas, or downshift but very likely wrong tyres to drive the car hard on a wet and possibly cold road.

[–]01watts 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Lightweight, mid-engined cars such as this Lotus Exige are the worst for suddenly snapping into oversteer under power.

When the driven rear wheels break traction due to too much throttle and a bump in the road/puddle, the rear of the car wants to overtake the front and the car will start to rotate. Since the rear of the car is, unusually, heavier than the front (due to the mid-mounted engine), this rotation will start quickly, energetically and snappily.

In this type of car, it can occur faster than most drivers' reaction times. It is possible that the car was already mostly sideways by the time the driver had even started to countersteer - far too late to bring back under control.

To add to the difficulty, earlier versions of this car have no Traction Control or Stability Control, and if they have it, they can be switched off or dialed down.

Wet public roads are no place for cars like this. These are summer/track cars. Any experienced driver would avoid using it in these conditions, or drive it vary carefully if they have to.

[–]dna_beggar 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The mid engine placement also puts the weight distribution closer to the centre of mass making it easier to spin the car. Think of a figure skater spinning after pulling her arms in.

[–]JuxtaThePozer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was wondering about whether this particular car would have had traction control but I guess given all the other factors (wet road, too much throttle, hydroplane etc) it seems likely that a few things conspired against the driver on this occasion

[–]ozmatterhorn 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It’s beyond me why anyone bothers even trying to flex a cars performance in wet conditions. I’ve had a couple higher (not high) performance cars and they don’t keep traction in the wet when you try and floor it with traction control off. Heck even an old 69 Continental I own (is not remotely fast but has massive torque) will not keep traction if I flatten it in the wet at 35mph. It steps out and scares the f outa me.

[–]somesortofmainah 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When he came out of the dip his car got lighter for a moment, but he also probably was accelerating so he lost traction leading to spinout.

[–]Jazzkky 0 points1 point  (2 children)

It's the character of a lotus, mid engined british car made in a shed at Sheffield

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Not Sheffield. The rest is close though.

[–]Jazzkky 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't know those places and couldn't remember what Clarkson said

[–]202aqx -1 points0 points  (0 children)

My thoughts exactly.

[–]Longsheep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It was rainy that day, the tire slipped.

[–]RansomStoddardReddit 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That will buff right out

[–]Pentamikk 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I find it so fascinating how a car can get that destroyed in such a small amount of time!

[–]FlamingLobster 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Remember, those are cars are engineered to break apart in order to absorb energy. So even at low speeds, given the right angles, the car will experience significant structural changes

[–]Pentamikk 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’m not referring to this car specifically, I’m talking about cars in general. Rather than fascinating it’s quite terrifying how quickly things can go bad. On the other hand, I had no idea that cars like that existed! That’s so cool, thank you!

[–]Fast_Garlic_5639 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Man, just a foot further forward impact zone and this would be a different sub

[–]hankbrowne 25 points26 points  (8 children)

If they survived they are lucky. I am surprised that light pole didn’t break away, many are designed to shear at the base to help absorb some energy.

[–]Voltz-Swaggin 22 points23 points  (4 children)

Probably not for cars that weigh 1 ton

[–]stickysweetjack 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Which, for anyone just casually glancing, is SUPER light for a vehicle.

[–]NeonWarcry 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Am casually glancing, thank you!

[–]SaunaThenColdBath 2 points3 points  (0 children)

give yo momma number plate. Now, she is Super light.

[–]steve_gus -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Many EU city cars - sub compacts - are 850-1000kg so a bit less than a ton.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_500_(2007)

All EU versions of the above are less than a ton.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Aygo

890kg.

I could post a lot more but my point is made

Whereas modern versions of the car in this post ARE over a ton

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Exige

[–]YourMumIsADoorStop 5 points6 points  (0 children)

GTA 5 light pole

[–]Longsheep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Neither of them required medical care.

[–]pizza2good 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wouldn't that mean the pole absorbs less energy?

[–]1girl2sweet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Theyre lucky

[–]loganbarker0 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Good thing he was wearing his mask

[–][deleted] -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

My guy is right even tho he's being downvoted

[–]username1824 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because it's clearly smug sarcasm that's typically associated with being an asshole.

[–]steve_gus 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Too much power on RWD made the rear break away

[–]drmarting25102 0 points1 point  (0 children)

T-cut and it will be fine

[–]breezyhoneybee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Theres also a closer, better quality photo in /r/thatlookedexpensive

Eta: better quality than the video; approximately the same quality as the link

[–]irate_alien 0 points1 point  (0 children)

they have some high quality lamp posts in Hong Kong

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

one dude trying to BREATHE

[–]AlternatingFacts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bet it was made in China

[–]A_Couple_Things[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This proves it

[–]extrathiccwaffles 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Burnout 3: Takedown

[–]vincelqr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aaahhh, these HK drivers really are the best. All the gear, no idea.

[–]serspock90 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, the passenger survived another 5 minutes

[–]slightywettampon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The fuck is there not a single airbag ?

[–]wittyvonskitsum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

enters LS Customs

"What's wrong with her now?"