Regular people shouldn’t have access to supercars.
The reason supercars cost so much is so regular Joe Schmo can never afford to buy one. Ever. Because everyone knows that if Mr. Schmo ever got his foot into the accelerator pedal of a supercar, there’s a high likelihood that he’d kill himself. Or someone else. Or spin out, fall off a roadway and end up stranded in a field.
The people who can afford supercars typically aren’t any better at driving, but at least they can afford the track time or driving lessons. Joe Schmo will just test his new machine on public suburban roads, and that never ends well.
A chain of convenience stores in Utah had the brilliant idea to give away a Lamborghini, calling its promotion the “Joe Schmo to Lambo” contest. The winner, Frito-Lay truck driver David Dopp, took home a lime-green, 631-hp Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
Now, you might imagine that a guy who drives a truck stuffed with assorted snacks all day would crave the power and nimbleness offered by an Italian exotic. But that doesn’t mean he knows how to control it.
Just a few hours after accepting his prize, the car was backwards in a grassy field after skidding off the road in the middle of a turn.
According to Motoramic, the accident happened less than 6 hours after the car was delivered. Dopp says he was going between 40 and 50 mph in a 35-mph zone when the wreck occurred. As you might imagine, Dopp’s mood swung from pure elation to panicked depression mighty fast. The damage, which is currently being assessed, will certainly be an expensive fix but could have been much worse. The car’s oil pan was punctured, and the rear bumper was damaged, but that seems to be all.
In what might be the least surprising statement ever, Dopp said he “just wasn’t used to the power of a supercar.” Of course he wasn’t. None of us are. That’s why they are called “supercars” and priced well out of our reach. If you want to drive one, do it for the first time in the proper place and with the proper instruction.
Otherwise, disaster awaits.
Have you ever driven a supercar? Would you for the first time on public roads?