Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of a Gemballa McLaren, we hadn’t either until we saw this wild wrek video that features one getting torn to pieces during the 24 Hours of the ‘Ring endurance race. A road going version of the tuned up McLaren MP4-12C will run you about $300,000 so this full bore racing version must be even more expensive. This is the kind of toy that requires not just wealth to play with, but cash flow like the government of a small country. Ironically, the car is destroying in a crash that involved a little hatchback, which may or may not be a Renault Clio, which costs about $25,000 bucks new.
Check out the weirdo steering wheel that is similar to what is found in F1 cars with all of the buttons and gizmos on it. Initially we thought it was kind of lame but the more we watched the video the cooler it became to us as it seems to be designed to keep the driver’s hands in the best position. No shuffle steering with that one!
As you’ll see, driver Klaus Ludwig ( who has the most German sounding German name in history) is really making some serious steam as he moved to pass the small hatchback. The driver of the hatchback is apparently not aware of the screaming McLaren coming by fast enough to pull the paint of the little car and about half way through the pass, the hatch moves to the left to set up for the next corner. That’s just enough to knock the McLaren onto a scary trajectory to smash the wall hard!
Wild to see how far the car skids and slides. Also wild that Ludwig kept his hands on the wheel the whole time!