While there have been instances of crashes involving the Toyota GT 86
overseas, this is the first reported major crash involving the car’s U.S. cousin, the new 2013 Scion FR-S
The owner of the car, a member of the FT86club
forums, posted some images of the wreckage as well as some details of how the single-vehicle crash occurred.
The owner, who is just 24 and never previously involved in a crash, said he entered a wide turn at about 20 mph with the traction control of his FR-S switched off.
Halfway through the turn he decided to squeeze the gas pedal and before he knew it was headed straight for a telephone pole.
The owner estimates that he hit the pole at around 15-20 mph, which was enough to set off both airbags, crack the windshield, cause significant damage to the front-end and possibly damage the car’s frame and suspension. While it’s impossible to estimate the cost of the damage just by looking at the images, it should be noted that less significant crashes have resulted in vehicles being written off.
Fortunately, the owner and a passenger he was carrying were unharmed in the crash.
So far only around 1,000 examples of the 200-horsepower Scion FR-S have been delivered to customers around the country. Hopefully this crash remains a rare one-off occurrence because, as we found out from our first drive of the car
, the FR-S is an incredibly good sports car.