In all honesty if I had a $1 million Ferrari Enzo (read a reviewer drool) you’d probably have to hire a bodyguard to keep me from racing it. That being said, this story is pretty bizarre:
Feb. 22, 2006 — Stefan Eriksson claims he was only a passenger in the million-dollar Ferrari that slammed into a pole and broke in half in Malibu, Calif., on Tuesday morning. But if it turns out he was lying to the police and he was the driver of the car, that may be the least of his troubles.
According to a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department investigator, Eriksson, 44, is a former Swedish executive in a failed hand-held gaming company. The company, Gizmondo, reportedly lost $225 million last year before filing for bankruptcy.
… Sheriff’s Sgt. Philip Brooks told ABC News that he received a call from the Bank of Scotland claiming that the bank was in the process of repossessing the car and that Eriksson owns a second Ferrari Enzo with a questionable registration.
Eriksson, he said, is still considered the passenger and although he was legally drunk at the time of the accident, he is not in custody.
According to eyewitnesses, the Ferrari was racing a second car, an SLR Mercedes, apparently also owned by Eriksson. The Enzo was traveling about 120 mph when it went airborne and struck the power pole while at least five feet off the ground.
Eriksson walked away with a cut lip. I don’t think that I’ve heard of an active passenger safety system where the front section of the car detaches from the back half, Star Trek-style, in order to save the driver, but I guess it works.