You’d think that someone employed as a valet would be somewhat competent behind the wheel of a car, but as we’ve seen time and time again this isn’t always the case. This time around, the actions of a valet have led to the demise of a Ferrari 599 GTO, of which just 599 examples were ever made.
A valet in Rome, Italy retrieving the 599 for its Dutch owner ended up crashing hard into a store across the road from the parking garage. As the video from Tgcom24 reveals, the car was left severely damaged.
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According to Corriere della Sera, the valet, 38-year-old Roberto Cinti, told police arriving on the scene that under a moment of confusion he pressed the accelerator when he actually wanted the brake, sending the 670-horsepower supercar straight into an adjacent building.
Fortunately no one was injured in the crash but the car is a total write-off. The owner was at a nearby hotel waiting for it to be retrieved. He was down in Rome to attend a meeting of the Ferrari Owner's Club.
The 599 GTO at its 2010 launch was Ferrari’s fastest ever road car. Power in the car comes from a 6.0-liter V-12, mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission. It can accelerate to 60 mph from rest in just 3.3 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 208 mph. Only three Ferraris have been designated GTO and it’s likely we won’t be seeing a fourth for some time to come, making this crash all the more depressing.