2011 Corvette Grand Sport destroyed by drunk driver http://www.news10.net/news/article/145984/29/Lodi-police-DUI-crash-sends-woman-to-hospitalEnlarge Photo
It's been a wild year in cars, and from what we can see, your driving isn't getting any better.
With Ferraris catching fire and supercars being wrecked on at least a biweekly basis, the rare cars just kept getting rarer this year. Think you'd seen it all with one or two megawatt cars going up in smoke? Try 14 cars added to the heap, in one massive pile-up.
With 2011 drawing to a close, we're taking a painful look back at some of the most notorious crashes of the past year. Whether driven by idiots, or destroyed by idiots in other cars, these mashed-up bits of once-wonderful automotive art are now in pieces.
We've steered clear of most of the human wreckage, too, but in one case we've left it in, hoping it reminds you to keep it safe out there.
These are the 22 most notorious car crashes of 2011:
Ferrari 458 Italia gets run over by Ford F-150 pickup truckEnlarge Photo
22. One of the more talked-about crashes this spring was an incident involving a Ford F-150 and a Ferrari 458 Italia. Readers went back and forth on whether the Ferrari was a total loss--will no one think of the poor truck involved?
21. One of the more memorable crashes of the year claimed a 1,428-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which was traveling at 230 mph at the Texas Mile when it took flight and crashed. Amazingly, the driver walked away from the crash. The Corvette....did not.
Wrecked Porsche 911 GT3 RS in TexasEnlarge Photo
20. One report that made us cringe in pain was the story of a man crashing his Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and then attempting to drive it home. As you would expect, attempting to drive the crashed 911 GT3 RS caused even more damage, including a completely deconstructed front axle. Please, don't drive a car after crashing into a curb. Especially not a GT3 RS. It makes the Germans cry.
Underground Racing’s twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo wreckageEnlarge Photo
19. Underground Racing's tuned Lamborghinis can easily develop over 1,000 horsepower. That's a lot of power for anyone to control, especially when the heel of the driver's shoe falls off and stays on the accelerator. Even when the brakes were applied, there was little the driver could do when going around a corner. While no one was hurt, the rear frame of the Gallardo snapped off at the point where the suspension's control arms bolt on--the exact same place where the driver's soul broke in half.