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Sometimes, that comes with a very steep price tag, as a writer for a West Flanders, Belgium newspaper recently found out. On hand for the upcoming Brussels Motor Show, 35-year-old Michael Cornette jumped at the chance to ride along in an Ariel Atom 3 roadster.
The Ariel Atom is known for razor sharp handling, but it can also be unforgiving at the limit. As Autoblog.nl reports, that limit was exceeded by the owner and driver, 30-year-old Matthieu Desmet, with fatal consequences.
Desmet lost control of his Atom 3 on a straight stretch of road, through what police described as “inappropriate driving.” Michael Cornette died at the scene, leaving behind a wife and son, while Belgium's De Standaard reports that Matthieu Desmet remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma.
While most of us overestimate our own skills behind the wheel from time to time, rarely do mistakes come with such consequences. We’re all for driving a car at the limit, but only under the right set of circumstances and in the right location.
The potential cost of doing otherwise comes at too high a price.