Name All The Stupid Decisions That Lead To This 1,300 Horsepower Classic Car Crash

Russ Stover put 23 years and over $200,000 into his 1964 Mercury Comet. It involved custom body work, lowered suspension, and many other unique benefits. More importantly, a supercharged 632 cubic inch Chevy big-block engine that produces 1,300 horsepower. However, the last time he upgraded the brakes was 17 years ago. So when he took Shawn Davis of YouTube channel AutotopiaLA on a cruise to snap some footage, things went just as well as expected: they crashed into the back of an innocent van.

At some point during their ride, Stover turned to Davis and said the engine was idling a bit high, around 2,200 rpm. In a 150 horsepower Honda Civic, idling at 2,200 rpm is probably quite dangerous and should probably be taken off the road. In a 1,300 horsepower monster, idling at 2,200 rpm is a big deal. They should have pulled over and turned it off on the spot, especially after the pair discussed the smell of burning brakes. Davis’ suspicions were correct, as Stover said he braked just to keep it at a reasonable pace in traffic.

It doesn’t take an engineering degree to figure out why riding on nearly two-decade-old undersized brakes for several miles to constantly slow a 1,300-horsepower car is bad. Brake fluid, especially old brake fluid found in equally old brake lines, can boil. And when it does, you lose your brakes. That’s what happened to Stover and Davis, as the Comet lost its brakes at around 45-50 mph. Worse still, it happened as they approached other cars stopped at a red light.

Just watching the video made me cringe.

After losing your brakes, the first instinct is usually to grab the handbrake. Except Stover’s Mercury didn’t. Instead, he had to put it in neutral and try to find an exit, without hitting anyone else. Except that all the lanes were blocked. Eventually they braced themselves for the impact and rear-mounted a Honda Odyssey.

The damage was quite shocking. Although the Mercury had four-point harnesses, the driver and passenger had opted to wear lap belts instead, leading to Davis hitting his face on the metal dash and Stover to himself. break your elbow. Unfortunately, the video does not say what happened to the Odyssey passengers. Luckily, it looks like everyone was fine, with no life-threatening injuries. Both heal well and are unlikely to experience any long-term effects.

However, let this accident be a lesson in prioritizing brakes and safety gear. When you have a car with Bugatti Veyron power levels, you can’t have old brakes and fluid. Also put on a mechanical handbrake, although it doesn’t look cool. The ability to pull a handbrake when things go wrong could be a lifesaver.

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