In 2012, Audi had the best month and best first quarter in the company's history. (Photo : Audi)
What happens when a drift-racing fiend in an Audi R8 sideswipes a Lada in a hit-and-run roll-over crash? What the video to see exactly what happens when a crazed Russian street racer smashes into a fellow driver, sending the car spinning end over end.
The R8 smashed into a Lada Samara on Saturday afternoon at a Moscow intersection popular with the drift racing community, according to Jalopnik. The $172,723 R8 literally destroyed the Lada Samara before driving off as quickly as possible, leaving the stricken car in its wake. There are no signs of any injuries in the video, but it's also unclear who the driver was, so he or she might still be trapped in the car.
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The hit-and-run went down in the Sparrow Hills neighborhood near Moscow State University, and there were several pedestrians and bicyclists nearby to quickly ran to the crushed Lada and flipped it over. The Moscow PD is looking for the driver of the R8 who has been named "Недодрифтер" or "No Drifter," according to Jalopnik. The Russian street racing world was also apparently angered by the crash and is seeking out the driver themselves.
There have been accusations, though, that the video, titled "Воробьевы Горы Шалапаи на R8 выпендрились" or "Sparrow Mountains loafers show off the R8" was staged, which would not seem totally unreasonable given the fact that the cameraman barely reacts to the crash and the driver seems to have completely disappeared from the crashed vehicle.
Regardless of the veracity of the event, the Youtube video of the Moscow Audi R8 crash, which has been viewed over 280,000 times since it was posted on May 5, has been effusive, most of it taking the form of Youtube user Ozimandius314's response of "This is #%&@!?& nuts. I hope the R8 driver was caught!"
Particularly angering to many viewers is the obvious gulf in wealth between the R8 driver and the Lada Samara driver.
"Affording an expensive car doesn't make you a driver ass hole! BTW, that was the WORST drift I've ever seen even before you hit the car," wrote user gregtube01.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in April that income disparity is the "main problem" facing the Russian people, with the wealthiest Russians earning as much as 16 times more than the poorest, according to Rianovosti. Putin has called for raising the minimum wage in Russia from its current level of 4,611 rubles ($153.34) a month.