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Driver Wrecks Ferrari One Hour After Buying It (Photos)

| by Michael Howard
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A man in the UK totaled his brand new Ferrari 430 Scuderia just an hour after purchasing it.

The South Yorkshire Police wrote about the crash on its Facebook page on July 27, explaining that the Ferrari "burst into flames" after careening off the road.

"Road conditions were wet at the time and as officers arrived on scene it became clear there was a vehicle well alight and colleagues from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue were in attendance squirting water all over some kind of sporty motor [vehicle about 55 yards] down a banking," the Facebook post reads.

Images show a smoldering heap of crushed and twisted metal sitting in an open field, the front end of the car still partially intact.

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The man, according to police, came away from the wreck mostly unscathed.

"As we are an inquisitive bunch we found the driver and were amazed to see he only had minor cuts and bruises!" they wrote.

The Facebook post continues: "Officers asked the driver what sort of car he 'had' to which he replied 'It was a Ferrari.' Detecting a sense of damaged pride he then said 'I've only just got it, picked it up an hour ago.'"

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Police went on to describe the driver as "very lucky" and then warned motorists to be more careful on the road, adding that a number of recent collisions have been caused by reckless driving.

In an update, police wrote that after speaking to several witnesses, they "do not believe excess speed was a contributory factor in this collision."

The Facebook post has been shared thousands of times and has over 3,000 comments.

"Bit of new bodywork and it will be right as rain," one user joked.

"Our thoughts and sympathy go out to his/her insurance company," wrote another.

Others took the incident more seriously.

"I drive a Maserati and these cars in the wrong hands are a lethal weapon," one person cautioned. "Too many people with more money than sense buy these cars as a status symbol and only buy a badge knowing nothing about the car's capabilities nor knowing how to drive them safely. Go to a track and get to know your car and its limits."

"A classic example of a man buying a car he is incapable of handling," another commented. "Seen this kind of thing too many times. Very glad to hear he is OK though."

The Ferrari website states that Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher "spent a lot of time testing the 430 Scuderia when it was being developed."

"This model has therefore profited from the incomparable sensitivity of this driver throughout its development," the company wrote. "And now this experience is available for everyone."

Sources: SYP Operational Support/Facebook, Ferrari.com / Photo credit: Pixabay, SYP Operational Support/Facebook

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