Ferrari F40(?) Crashes On The Isle of Wight

This might be the most expensive car crash on the Isle of Wight. Was it a Ferrari F40 that got mangled?

Blimey! This could possibily have been one of the most car expensive crashes that has ever happened on the Isle of Wight.

Ferrari F40(?) Crashes On The Isle of WightLewis Fugatt grabbed a photo of what looks like a Ferrari F40, after it crashed into a hedge, near the Westridge Garage, Ryde earlier in the week.

As you can see from the picture (larger below), there was some serious damage done to the front off-side wing.

An F40?
You may have noticed that there’s a certain lack of absolute language above. That’s because there’s some debate on Matt Creighton’s Facebook Wall among car enthusiasts on the Island around if the car is an actual F40 – value, somewhere around £350,000 – or a kit car replica – value, something considerably less.

Lewis said that after the quick look he had at the scene of the crash, it looked real and the older guy, who had crashed it, didn’t looked like kit-car type.

The funniest rumour that we heard was that someone looked up the registration online and said it was registered as a Vaxuall Nova!

What do you think?
What do you think? F40 or kit-car?

Thanks to Thomas Cowley for the story tip! Thanks too to
Tina Walker for the extra photo

Here’s a video of Clarkson saying the F40 is his fave Supercar (also from Tina). You’ll get some views of the F40 in the video that might help you decide if the Island one is real or not.

Click on images for full sized version.

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Thursday, 15th September, 2011 4:19pm



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  1. When I went past last night the guy was picking up bits of carbon fibre and looking very sad for himself. If it was a replica to make it out of carbon fibre would be a little exuberant. Also the guy looked liked Flavio Briatore of ex formula 1 fame, now there’s a rumour for all to discuss.

    • Seasidenanny

      16.Sep.2011 12:30am

      We saw the scene of this incident yesterday 14th Sept. just after 5pm. We had driven toward Tesco looking for Travis Perkins, realised we were on wrong road, turned back round Tesco roundabout toward Ryde before the accident had happened. On our way back we were in jam caused by crash and had to drive past the car. The owner was on phone by the car and it was definitely Flavio Briatore,(as Stu’s comment) He’s big, bald on top with grey hair. Checked him out on Google. This would suggest the car was the real thing. What’s he doing on the Island? Is he here for the Classic Car show at Ryde this weekend? He needs to get a quick fix if so!

      Did anyone see it happen?

    • Can I just add its definitely not Flavio Briatore but it is the real deal (F40 original)

  2. I bet it’s the MR2 with the Ferrari bodykit that’s often seen round Ryde.

  3. keithybaby

    15.Sep.2011 4:54pm

    How out of place a car like that on this Island! Understandable on a mainland motorway perhaps, but can you imagine disembarking from the floating bridge in one of those?

  4. That front splitter looks like fibreglass where it’s broken – which would make it a replica… ?

  5. Simon Perry

    15.Sep.2011 5:33pm

    Looking at Tina’s photo (the second one), is that the driver’s instrument cowling on the left? The F40 was left-hand drive only. It would be surprising if a kit-car was left-hand drive.

  6. Bob Blake

    15.Sep.2011 6:32pm

    It does look the real deal, right down to the alloys. The Toyota MR2 with the body kit is impersonating a Ferrari 355 rather than an F40. The Vauxhall Nova question doesn’t make sense as it can’t be a nova with a body kit, and a full kit car would have a Q plate. As the F40 has a clear engine cover one look through that should be enough for authenticity. Finally, as a dyed in the wool member of the Tifosi (Ferrari supporters) It’s a criminal shame and someone should be locked up for it. Maybe tortured…

  7. Bob Blake

    15.Sep.2011 6:46pm

    I wish I’d been able to take a close look, once I’d stopped crying I could check several things for authenticity. “Gate” gearleaver. Door pull cords rather than handles, thin paint, twin IHI turbos and so on…

  8. Comments on a facebook page elsewhere say he had been seen tailgating lots of drivers for the past couple of days up and down there so if true serves him right

  9. It’s a replica. The bodywork is fibreglass, you can see that from the way the bodywork has broken and ripped. The F40 was all carbon fibre, a material that breaks and splinters in a big way when damaged. Not a nice thing for the owner to endure, but a great relief for Ferrari enthusiasts.

  10. Well I saw a ‘Real’ Ferrari today at about 9.45am at the Tesco Roundabout – Driven by a gent with his wife in the passanger seat – he was of more ‘mature’ years.
    You could tell it was the real deal as it sounded right!

  11. Sailor Sam

    15.Sep.2011 9:48pm

    Looks genuine to me. If it’s a replica, it’s a bloody good one. I actually saw it too comming back from Tesco

  12. Still invetsigating this one. Upon further investigation looking closer there is only one winscreen wiper on the one that crashed and also the windows on the MR2 conversion are a different shape. I think guys we are looking more at a real one rather than a fake but my quest for this to proven continues. Has anyone got any photos of the driver as I am still convinced it was flavio?

  13. The guy is not Flavio. The County Press page 4 story says he is a 55yr old Iw man – probably according to police. Briatore is older and not (as far as i know) a IW man. The car also seems to be a left hand drive. Who knows real or custom!?

    • Sailor Sam

      16.Sep.2011 1:13pm

      F40’s were all left hand drive apart from 1 apparently. I reckon this was the real deal looking at the profile, the position of the badges, the tyres and the rear end of it looked accurate. As I said previously, it it was a replica, it was a good one!

    • keithybaby

      16.Sep.2011 5:58pm

      If the CP said so, must be true then ;-)

  14. The second photo added to this is far less distorted than the original one. It’s definitely the real deal.

    The F40 only had a carbon fibre tub. A lot of the rest of it would have been ‘composite’ which is a posh term for ‘glassfibre’.

    If you look at how it’s broken up it looks right for the structure of a genuine F40.

    Outstanding work for crashing it. Far better a car like this is out on the road being driven with enthusiasm than locked up as a museum piece.

    Not sure IOW roads would be my choice of location for driving it though!!

  15. If only we knew the number plate, it would be a simple matter to enter it on, say, a tyre sellers’ website and see what car pops up…. I was doing this with my own car the other day. Simples… assuming they recognise F40s of course. But an MR2 would defo show….

  16. It looks real to me.

    I have been fortunate or unfortunate (which ever way you see it) to have seen a few F40s crashed and the front end always splinters in the way it has done here in the 2nd pic. It also has the correct F40 stamp on the right side of the rear wing. If it appears on the left as well its a fake! Originally 78 of the 1315 cars built, came into the UK. So a very rare thing, although I saw one at the wknd driving down to Silverstone.
    When the turbos spool up it is a monster of a car and can catch the unwary out very easily which looks to have happened here.

    If you follow this link you will see an pristine example from my time working with these beasts!

  17. Seasidenanny

    16.Sep.2011 4:04pm

    If the County Press say that the Driver was an IW Man, THEN FLAVIO BRIATORE MUST HAVE PROPERTY ON THE ISLAND. The CP can’t possibly be wrong!! Could be he was too embarassed to give give his identity if he was at fault! The CP picture shows the man we saw, Just Google him and you will see the same man, with a bit more hair than he had on top yesterday and his lovely wife some 20 yrs younger than he….. Perhaps he thinks IOW is a tax haven?

  18. Alan Phillips

    16.Sep.2011 6:42pm

    Saw two dogs fouling in the same place on Coppins Bridge roundabout, that’s what I call a pile up…

  19. Karen ?????

    17.Sep.2011 11:36am

    The f40 I assure you is real. Your comments over this sad matter have entertained both me and the owner. Thankyou for putting a spin on this sad occasion.

    • Karen, the piccy of the gentleman involved (in the CP) looks like the same gentleman I saw in the other Ferrari….? I suppose someone who can afford one Ferrari can probably afford two (or more!)
      My sympathies if he is reading this.

  20. It was definitely 100% flavio.

  21. Braveheart

    17.Sep.2011 4:03pm

  22. Braveheart

    17.Sep.2011 4:19pm

    Here is another link for those wishing to compare crashed Ferrari F40 cars:-

  23. Braveheart

    17.Sep.2011 4:59pm

  24. Martin Renew

    16.Nov.2011 7:28am

    The windscreen is often the giveaway when trying to tell if it’s a kit car or not. Compare the shape. When building a replica, you’re unlikely to find a car with the same shape windscreen that you can use.

  25. Martin Renew

    16.Nov.2011 7:38am

  26. Martin Renew

    16.Nov.2011 8:38am

  27. Martin Renew

    16.Nov.2011 8:40am

  28. The driver of this car is my second cousin. It is a genuine Ferrari F40. It probably wasnt his finest hour. It came back from repair in Italy and looks amazing. I can confirm that he is not Flavio Briatore. I dont think he has ever slept with Naomi Campbell and if he has he has never mentioned it which is surprising seeing as he and my dad (his cousin) have a slight competitive streak. Having said that he is married to a wonderful lady, who according to my dad is at least thirty years younger than him. Hope this clears up a few quuestions…

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