Located in an affluent community of Galveston County, Texas, the owner of this Bugatti Veyron was apparently distracted and lost control of his 1001hp hypercar, leaving it beached in the shallows of a salt water lake.
The owner of the video states this is the "third or fourth Veyron crashed" in the area.
The two-seater, with 16 cylinders and four turbo chargers, can reach speeds of more than 250 mph. New models sell for about $2 million.
The man, who refused to give his name, was looking at real estate in Galveston.
About 3pm a low-flying pelican distracted him as he traveled north on Interstate 45 just south of the hurricane levee near Omega Bay.
The man jerked the wheel, dropped his cell phone, and the car's front tire left the frontage road and entered a muddy patch, which foiled his attempt to maneuver away from the lagoon.
The Veyron's powerful engine gurgled like an outboard motor for about 15 minutes before it died.
If they got the car out of the water fast enough the damage might not be too bad.
You're joking, right Andrew? Did you look at the video? Would you pay a million dollars for this car now?
How does, "Briefly submerged in Salt Marsh" affect the resale value of a supercar?
I saw this when it first came out and I truly felt bad for the guy. Can't say this same thing wouldn't have happened to me. (Of course it would be in a Chevy and not a Bugatti). It is bad enough when something like this happens to you and you feel stupid. Friends and co-workers get a chuckle and say, "Heard you drove your car into a swamp." And that's pretty much the end of it. Doesn't even make the police notes in the local newspaper. A couple of months of embarrasment and its over. For this guy it is global news and it is never going to go away.
'79 308 GTS, '82 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree
"Time is what prevents everything from happening all at once."
Heck, the Enzo smashed up by Eddie Griffith was repaired and resold for a million bucks.
If this is saltwater, and not freshwater, then...Yikes! If it's fresh water, that guy's still a bit lucky, but not by much.
I remember when Hurricaine Ivan hit Grand Cayman Island. My friend's car was parked above ground and covered. He decided to go out driving around after the flooding, but didn't think about the saltwater. Needless to say, his car was toast. Still, freshwater can leave quite a lingering odor that never comes out.
Would anyone here want to own a cheap smelly Veyron with the right turn signal constantly blinking?
Last edited by Neonzapper; 11-20-2009 at 08:37 PM.
Having watched the video again, it does look like he slowed down a bit before diving in. Perhaps his phone got stuck under the loud pedal and he had to ease up. I think I can also see a pig up there with the pelican