This is the most terrifying looking crash we have ever seen anyone survive and it happened at the El Mirage SCTA Meet just a week or so ago. The car in question is a Honda Insight powered by a highly modified four cylinder engine that has run as fast as 180mph at El Mirage before. The driver of the car is Brian Gillespie and the car is known as the Hasport Hondata Insight. I can tell you that the Hondata people have done some amazing things in land speed racing and one of their cars was in impound at Bonneville seemingly every day. The car you’ll see in the video is also the El Mirage season points champion which is a bitter sweet thing for Gillespie to hear, we’re sure.
You’ll see Honda making some really big speed through the first 20 seconds of the video or so and then it all goes horribly, awfully wrong. You can start to see the car get sideways and despite the best efforts of Gillespie to get it back in line, it refuses to comply. As the car starts to rotate on the silt floor of El Mirage the dust cloud gets pretty big but true disaster strikes when the car turns its tail to the wind and the most intense series of snap and barrel rolls we have ever seen follows. Hyperbole aside, you’ll be gobsmacked when you see how violently this car spins, flips, and rolls. We have never seen anything like it.
Why is anyone using a Honda Insight bodied car in land speed racing? Aero, baby! Millions were spent to make that thing as efficient as possible. These racers were putting Honda’s R&D work to their advantage.
Thankfully the cage held up and Brian was A-OK by all the reports we have heard. The first time you see this video you’ll think that he is toast just like we did. The ferocity of this crash is comparable to absolutely nothing else that we have ever witnessed.
PRESS PLAY BELOW TO SEE BRIAN GILLESPIE CHEAT DEATH IN THE MOST VIOLENT AND INSANE LAND SPEED RACING CRASH WE HAVE EVER SEEN