Owning an exotic car comes with a couple of challenges. They don't come cheap, and maintenance costs can run into the thousands for a relatively affordable exotic. Apart from the maintenance, most exotics aren't comfortable enough for daily driving. It beats logic why you'd buy a vehicle and only take it out for a spin during the weekend. The ground clearance for an exotic is a big impediment. They're designed for power and performance and aerodynamics require that they're close to the ground as possible.
These challenges are nothing compared to unforeseen misfortunes that befall the exotics. Some of them are unavoidable, while others are caused by human stupidity. Some exotic owners break car enthusiasts' hearts when they turn them into ridiculously looking automobiles with bad custom jobs. There's nothing as bad as having a bad driver own an exotic. The repairs will eventually cost more than the retail price of the vehicle. Replacing the bumper of the Lamborghini Murcielago will cost you $15,000. This alone is such a big cost, and anyone who wants to own the vehicle would think twice. It's highly unlikely to salvage an exotic that's been involved in an accident. You just have to count your losses and move on to the next one.
22 Maserati Galaxy
The galaxy paintwork would've looked good on any other car but not an exotic. An exotic car is all about the elegance, and the looks and the galaxy painting did a huge disservice to this Maserati. People will stop you on the streets but will never ask you about the badge of the vehicle. They'll be more interested in the custom paintwork on the exotic. The car has clean aesthetics and can attract the attention of just about anyone, even without the conspicuous bodywork. Maybe I'm just being too mean, but this one here is a thumbs down. It would've been great on a 'normal' car. The owner must be a scientist who believes in the Cosmos.
21 Pink Bentley Continental
The car in question belongs to socialite Paris Hilton and is said to have cost her $300,000. The Bentley Continental is all about muscle and raw performance, but good luck convincing a woman about that. A good number don't even know the meaning of torque. This Bentley Continental could've rocked a couple of other cool colors, but it just had to be pink. The only female celebrity who got her game right when it comes to cars is Kim West. I bet she'll never do such a thing to her matte-black Bentley Continental GT. I feel like over 600 HP has gone to waste when I see such a picture. At least the interior was spared.
20 Pagani Zonda GJ
It doesn't make sense to buy an expensive vehicle when you can't even afford to find decent parking. The owner of this Pagani Zonda GJ must've learned the hard way when a tree crashed his expensive exotic. The car doesn't come cheap, as you'll have to pay more than a million to get it. This accident happened in London, and the owner must be in pain explaining what happened. One minute, you're cruising in your very expensive supercar; the next minute, you're calling your insurance provider. This GJ has a top speed of 217 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds. I personally feel hurt for such a thing to happen to such a beautiful car.
19 Supercar Swimming
You shouldn't be living in an apartment block when you have a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in the parking lot. This must be the effect of a serious flood, and the cars are likely to be damaged because of the water. It would also be impossible for the owner to access the vehicles unless they get rid of the water, which seems highly unlikely. The electronics in the supercars would've been damaged by the time the swim is over. Nature is unforgiving, especially for cars with such ground clearance. This is a lesson to those people who live in areas prone to natural disasters. You need good insurance, or you better stay away from exotics if you don't want your heart to be broken.
18 Lamborghini Off-Road
If there was ever to be a manual on how to destroy your exotic, taking it off-road would be on the top of the list. There's nothing like experimenting because most exotics weren't designed for off-roading. They might have the power, but the ground clearance is the biggest disadvantage. Taking your Lamborghini off-road is one sure way of visiting the mechanic sooner than you would've expected. The Lamborghini did perform better than expected because of the power it posses. Some drivers might not be as lucky, as getting out of such mud would require a tow truck. Don't ever try going off-road with a Lamborghini with almost zero ground clearance. The bumps on the road are already challenging enough.
17 Porsche Satellite Navigation Failure
This is what you get when you try to follow the satellite navigation. This is actually a true story that happened in England. The owner of the Porsche, Andre Wisdom, had no choice but to abandon his $100k Porsche when the satellite navigation failed him on his way to the training ground. He had just joined Football club Derby County and was getting used to his new environment. He trusted the satellite navigation to get him where he was going and blindly trusted the directions. He only realized he was lost when it was too late and stuck in the mud. The story is a funny one, and Porsche could've done a better job. Or maybe, Andre Wisdom isn't such a good driver.
16 Japanese Supercars
This happened in 2011. A total of 11 exotics were involved in a very expensive crash. There were a couple Ferraris and a Lamborghini, and the damages must have run into millions of dollars. One would be tempted to think the cars were involved in a race, but that wasn't the case. According to the lead driver, the convoy was on the way to Hiroshima for a supercar meet when he decided to change lane but ran into a barrier. This, in turn, resulted in the crash of the 11 cars. The damage costs, according to BBC, totaled to about $3M. We just hope the owners had comprehensive insurance, as repairing such supercars would be very expensive.
15 Pagani Zonda
Japan is one of the biggest markets for exotics. Tokyo is home to some of the richest people in the world. This car was specifically commissioned by Yusaku Maezewa, who's the billionaire owner of online retail store Zozotown. The only positive thing to report was the car's cockpit was intact, which means the driver might've come out of the wreckage unscathed. The car has a retail price of $1.4 million, which makes it one of the most expensive in the world. It has a top speed of 218 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds. It's unlikely that the car can be repaired if you look at the damages caused by the impact of the crash.
14 Nissan GT-R
The Nissan GTR isn't a car for everyone. It's a tempting mistress, and you'll occasionally find yourself playing with the gas pedal more than you should. This driver knows this fact too well, and we hope he survived the accident. It looks like the accident happened in the streets, and it's kind of hard to explain how it happened. The Nissan GT-R is known for its sporting pedigree. The car can go from 0 to 60 in 2.7 seconds and has a top speed of 196 mph. It's a common car in movies, and maybe, the owner has been influenced by the same. Insurance costs for the Nissan GTR tend to be also expensive, given the nature of the car.
13 McLaren MP4-12C
McLaren vehicles are very rare, and owners need to be careful when driving them. This must be one careless driver, and luckily enough, he survived the accident. The parts can be salvaged, but I don't think the owner will be able to get his vehicle back. The car costs $229,000 which is for a base model. The cost can go up to $300,000 if you add all the packages. It has a top speed of 207 mph and can finish the 0-to-60 race in 2.9 seconds. This McLaren MP4-12C could be confused for a Lamborghini, as the design is almost similar because of the gullwing doors. Don't be surprised to hear that the owner ran into a tree.
12 Porsche Carrera GT
This isn't a normal accident, and the camber is just insane. How did it even happen, and why was only one tire affected? The rest of the car seems to be fine, but the rear tire must've taken a beating for whatever the owner was trying. It looks like the car will be fine, but the owner will have to cough up a couple of thousands for it to be fixed. The Porsche Carrera GT is one of the best sports cars from the 2000 era. It was produced from 2004 to 2007. It has a 5.7-liter V8 engine, which can produce up to 558 HP. It has a limited top speed of 205 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds.
11 Pole-1, Ferrari-0
It would take more than a miracle for the driver to have survived such a crash. You'll never know that a Ferrari was involved if you don't confirm the badge. The car has been destroyed completely. The driver must've been under the influence for such a ghastly accident to happen. The explanation could be that the car was overspeeding and lost control. New exotic owners shouldn't be excited about speeding when they buy the cars. In any case, they should be more disciplined, given the risks they're likely to face with exotics. It's fun to drive and exotic, but it's way better to be alive. It's not worth it, and you'll soon realize that the more you drive that exotic of yours.
10 Lamborghini Aventador Goes For A Swim
What's with Lamborghini drivers and the water? They have an affinity for taking their cars for a swim, and this is yet another example. The damages on this Lamborghini Aventador can't be less than 15 grand. A new Lamborghini Aventador has a base price of around $400,000. Even a used one will still be expensive, and it beats logic why the owner of this one was careless to such an extent. The Lamborghini Aventador has a 6.5-liter V12 engine that can produce up to 700 HP. It has a top speed of 217 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds. The interior is one of the best you'll get in a supercar, and the car shouldn't be going through such things.
9 Nissan GT-R Bad Spoiler
The car really looked good without the weird-looking spoilers on the rear. It makes it look conspicuous in a bad way. The function of a spoiler is to enhance the stability of the vehicle when it's moving at a high speed. This owner shouldn't be driving a Nissan GT-R in the first place if he doesn't know the function of a spoiler. This one affects visibility for both the driver and other road users. It looks like a bull's horn. We just hope the fix is temporary and that he'll remove it immediately when he comes to his senses. The good thing is that the car still managed to look good even with the ugly modification.
8 Snake Skin
This is simply a bad modification. The Mercedes-Benz badge is barely recognizable, and it remains a mystery how the owner was convinced to use the decal. It looks like a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which epitomizes luxury. The car is definitely a head-turner even without the screaming reptile modification. The headlights have been turned into eyes, and I wonder if the car glows in the dark. The only redeemable thing is you're at least driving a Mercedes, and the interior can't be that bad. We just hope this was a prop for a movie or a TV commercial because it would break my heart if the owner was involved in this madness and gave the go-ahead for the installation.
7 The Annihilation Of The BMW Z4
The BMW Z4 was one of the best-looking cars in its era. The convertible was one of its strongest selling points. This seems to be the car and has been modified to the extent that it looks nothing like the original. The gold bodywork isn't that bad, and the modification could've ended at that point. The owner would hear none of that and decided to make the car fly. There are angel wings on both sides, and there's a bike monument on top of the bonnet to finish off the disastrous art. How do you even drive such a vehicle in the first place? You can't even see clearly with the stuff in the front of the car.
6 Pagani Zonda F Roadster
The Pagani Zonda F Roadster is notorious for being involved in accidents. Most of the cases involve street driving. There must be something the company isn't telling consumers. I would hesitate spending over $1M on a car when everything I read about it involves crashes and accidents. The car only makes the news when it's been involved in a crash. This one in Dubai was caught on camera, and the owner seems to have lost control of the vehicle and went crashing into obstacles. There was no pressure whatsoever, and chances are, the driver panicked and stepped on the gas instead of the brakes. The crash is probably nothing, as the owner might be from the Royal family for whom money isn't a problem.
5 Happens Even In The Parking Lot
The two cars seem to have been like that for a while. The owners must've been waiting for the insurance guys to come and ascertain the damages. It could be that the damages were caused by the elements, given the leaves around. It was just unfortunate for these cars to be parked close together like that. There are also other reports that claim that it was a drunk driver who rammed into the Corvette. You can never know who's right in such kinds of situations, but one thing is clear from the picture. According to Corvette bloggers, the drunk driver ran into the cars in the Chevrolet dealership in Miami and was traveling at 125 mph when the accident happened.
4 Italian Police Lamborghini crash
The Italian police force has a history of using Lamborghinis. The first Lamborghini to be used was a Gallardo back in 2009. The car was mainly used to transport organs that were to be used during surgery. The Gallardo was donated by the Italian car manufacturer as a sign of good will. This later on led to the decision of using the Lamborghini Huracan for the traffic department. This was a stern warning to motorists who were used to getting away with speeding offenses. The supercar has a top speed of 190 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds. It isn't clear what happened here exactly. It could be a police chase gone horribly wrong.
3 A Sledgehammer To A Lamborghini Gallardo
This is the result of being frustrated by the neverending costs of owning an exotic. The challenge was to destroy this Lamborghini Gallardo in 5 minutes, which cost around $250,000 when it was new. The owner is a Qingdao resident who was frustrated by the costs and maintenance issues of the Gallardo. The problem started when the car wouldn't start, so he had to take the vehicle back to the dealership. He then got his car back and thought everything was fine, only to find that the mechanical components had been damaged. The dealership completely refused to take responsibility for the mistake. This owner even made an attempt to raise the complaint with Lamborghini's CEO. He finally decided to destroy it because the company wasn't forthcoming with a solution.
2 McLaren MP4-12c Storage Unit
McLaren owners must be really bad drivers. This one here crashed into a storage unit, and it's quite clear the vehicle was speeding, given the impact of the accident. The owner likely came out of the accident unharmed, but the same can't be said of his car. It looks like it was written off completely, and it's unfortunate for a $300,000 car to be turned into scrap metal. There are 2 soldiers in the background who seem not to be aware of the accident as they stroll along. According to reports, the victim was participating in the Gold Rush Rally, which happens in Texas, when a truck came onto his path unexpectedly. The storage unit was also not spared.
1 The Murcielago On Your Wedding Day
You should never drive a supercar for the first time on your wedding day, or else, this could be the result. A bridegroom by the name "David Gallucci" learned the hard way when he crashed a $350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. The bride had wanted to surprise him and rented the exotic for $10,000, and it was to be driven on the day of the wedding. David couldn't handle the 680 horses and lost control at a roundabout just one hour before the big occasion. David only had a few bruises and was able to make it to church. He only broke the news when the two had exchanged vows. The car sustained $200,000 worth of damages to the bodywork and the wheels.
Sources: topgear.com; thedrive.com; autoevolution.com