McLaren F1, Worth $20 Million And Ultra Rare, Meets Its Demise In A New Zealand Ditch

Dec 07, 2016 06:43 AM EST | Matthew Cruz

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A McLaren F1 crashed into a ditch in New Zealand, where its 65-year-old Australian driver was one of 33 others taking part in a country-wide McLaren convoy in honor of the company's late founder, Bruce McLaren. The McLaren F1 is one of the world's rarest cars: Not only did McLaren discontinue its production in 1998, but only 64 of the vehicles were ever produced during its tenure. 

Its driver, who lost control of the McLaren F1 as it veered off the road into the ditch, was treated at the Queenstown Medical Center for minor injuries to his thumb. He had one passenger who was left unharmed by the crash. According to Stuff Motoring, the fate of the McLaren F1 is yet to be seen, as tour organizers placed a black cloth over the vehicle and had it towed away by truck.

That particular McLaren F1 was made in 1994 and costs an approximate $20 million, and repairs could reach well up to millions of dollars as well. The most famous McLaren F1 owner is Rowan Atkinson, who played Mr. Bean on the popular TV show, who had gotten into an accident with his F1 on two separate occasions. 

The crashed McLaren F1 had the ability to travel up to speeds of 240 mph, although it was unclear what speed the driver was going at when the supercar zoomed off the road, according to CarBuzz. Geoff Tink, marketing manager at McLaren Automotive Asia Pacific, said that they had taken several safety precautions in the tour that the McLaren F1 was part of, and were confident about these precautions despite some of the more run-down electronic stability sysems in place in older models.

Tink also confirmed that no other vehicles in the convoy were affected, and he insisted that the driver of the McLaren F1 had not been overspeeding when the accident occured. The tour was heading from Queenstown to Glenorchy when the crash happened. 

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