It happens that the most exclusive cars become real estate. Because outing means high mileage, and high mileage means a big drop in price. Nevertheless, sometimes supercars and other car rarities still enter the "high road" and - for various reasons - are held hostage by tow trucks. We recalled 10 similar episodes that took place in different parts of the world.
Porsche 911 Targ4 GTS
There is no need to look far for examples: a few years ago, the owner of a brand new Porsche 911 Targ4 GTS had the imprudence to park in a wrong way in the center of the capital. As a result, the car was promptly evacuated and delivered to the impound.
True, other punishments await the owner of such a car, mainly for speeding. Well, tell me, deny yourself the pleasure of spinning the boxer "six" 991.1 in the Targ4 GTS version, which produces 430 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. With this power-to-weight ratio, the Porsche accelerates to 100 kilometers per hour in less than 5 seconds, and its top speed is an impressive 303 kilometers per hour.
In general, Porsche cars regularly end up on tow trucks. But not for the reason that German technology fails - this is just a complete order. Drivers fail: either they park in the wrong way, or they drive the track too optimistically.
The owner of this CarrerGT was forced to call a tow truck by an incident that happened on track days on the Nürburgring North loop. The driver lost control and slightly scratched the supercar on the guard rail. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the mid-engined CarrerGT will need expensive repairs.
Handling Porsche cars is not easy even for professionals - this is confirmed by the company's test driver Walter Röhrl, who crashed the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar on tests in 2015. What can we say about CarrerGT with a feisty V10, which has several times less auxiliary electronics. This car requires an extremely experienced pilot to drive.
But there are many stories about the reliability of the early 2000s Ford GT. Which, however, does not prevent him from costing crazy money these days: copies with a run in the region of 20 thousand kilometers pull for 400 thousand dollars or more.
Jeremy Clarkson, who owned a supercar for some period, told a lot about the strange diseases of GT. And if you read the forums of Ford GT owners, it turns out that the car has the main defect - the constantly frayed wire of the negative terminal of the battery. It would seem that the problem is trifling, but because of it, the Ford GT may well not start. And then he will have to be taken on a tow truck - like this scarlet handsome man.
The standard Ford GT was powered by a 5.4-liter V8 with a compressor that produced 558 horsepower. But after tuning, the return could double, and in the case of Hennessey - fourfold. And even the basic engine was enough for the car to reach a maximum speed of 330 kilometers per hour.
Ford Falcon V8 Supercar
In early 2019, Australian police conducted massive raids aimed at identifying drug production and distribution points. One tip seemed very strange: the informant claimed that the drug dealers were driving a V8 Supercar.
And what was the surprise of the cops when a Ford Falcon in Team BettElectrical livery, with a roll cage and racing wheels was actually found in the garage of drug dealers! However, Falcon was not a full-fledged racing car, but only a convincing replica. Probably, the criminals deliberately built such a snag to make eyewitness testimony look delirious.
In addition to the racing Falcon, three more cars were found in the garage, including an antique Holden Monaro GTS (HT), $ 140,000 in cash, and $ 900,000 worth of cannabis.All this was seized by the police - including the pseudo-racing sedan. The original Ford Falcon Team BettElectrical, by the way, won the Bathurst race and is now in the National Autosport Museum of Australia.
In Frankfurt, Germany, there is Goethestraße, an analogue of Rodeo Drive from Los Angeles. It is here that the most fashionable boutiques and expensive jewelry stores are located. And it is here that lovers and lovers of shopping spend hours on end.
Car traffic on Goethestraße is limited - as are parking options. And the local police won't care if the intruder parked in Trabant or the luxurious Lamborghini Murcielago. Therefore, in November 2017, the supercar of one of the fans not to abide by the parking rules was evacuated and taken to the impound.
Judging by the photos, the original Lamborghini Murcielago of the early years of production was in an unpleasant situation. The car has a non-standard exhaust pipe and repainted rims. At the time of its appearance, the Murcielago was one of the fastest supercars on the planet: its maximum speed reached 330 kilometers per hour.
Owning a Ferrari F40 is a great privilege and a great responsibility. Since the supercar is stuffed with the racing technology of its time, it requires regular and costly maintenance. Otherwise, an unpleasant incident may happen - like the one that recently happened in Monaco. What happened? It just broke.
In general, the chances of meeting the F40 on a tow truck are much higher than the chances of meeting it on the pavement. For most owners, the F40 is primarily an investment that diminishes in value as mileage increases. However, some F40 owners are not afraid to drive their cars - and thanks to them for that!
The story of the owner of this Bugatti Veyron Pur Sang is further proof that things can go wrong overnight. A wealthy man from Switzerland went bankrupt on one business deal and lost several million euros. But, as it turned out, these were just flowers - almost the next day his Bugatti Veyron broke down, and the man had to urgently park at the nearest roadside. The one at which parking was prohibited.
The owner left a note on the windshield that, they say, the car is broken, and he has no money to repair and move the car. But this did not stop the evacuators from doing justice. Moreover, the owner was given a substantial fine - after all, in Switzerland, fines directly depend on the welfare of the offender. In general, a situation in which hardly anyone would want to find themselves.
The first road accident involving the Bugatti Chiron happened just a few days after the first copies of the hypercar got to their owners.
The incident in the photo occurred near the city of Wolfsburg - the very city where most of the Volkswagens are assembled. The Bugatti driver … lost control and flew into a ditch, which caused the car to be seriously damaged. Wheels, front bumper, trunk lid, radiators - all for replacement. The insurance company will have to fork out pretty much, because only a set of wheels will cost about 100 thousand euros. After the accident, the Chiron could no longer drive on its own - they had to use the services of a tow truck.
Irresponsible behavior is found not only among representatives of the "golden youth", but also among seasoned uncles from General Motors. Two employees of the concern, Alexander Tim and Mark Derkatz, managed to fall under the heading "street racing" for speeding in an uncertified Chevrolet Corvette C8. Instead of 45 miles per hour (72 kilometers per hour), the testers drove 71 miles per hour (114 kilometers per hour) - so they wanted to "test the potential of the novelty." The police did not appreciate good intentions.
For their misconduct, the perpetrators were taken to the police station, and the mid-engined prototypes were sent to the Bowling Green (Kentucky) car park. An unpleasant incident happened recently - on January 8, 2020.
Perhaps this is the most incredible "evacuation" in the history of mankind. And it happened - of course! - in Moscow.
In February, the capital's traffic police stopped a replica of the Batmobile from the movie "Batman v Superman" for driving around the city. The reason is that the Batmobile has a body that is too wide for public roads - about four meters. And although the owner of the car knew that it was forbidden to drive a car around the city, he hoped that the law enforcement officers would come to terms. But they did not enter, and the Batmobile had to be towed to the parking lot by a tow truck.
However, Batmobiles are not so rarely captured by tow trucks - for example, London's Bruce Wayne had the imprudence to park his car in the wrong place. The outcome is predictable.