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Let This Ferrari 488 Pista Crash Be a Reminder of Just How Important Traction Control Is

Road & Track logo Road & Track 5/6/2021 Brian Silvestro
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New supercars are shockingly easy to drive. Layers of traction and stability control systems allow even the most novice of drivers to exploit their massive power safely... if those drivers leave those systems on, of course. Switch everything off, and a driver without enough experience to control that type of power could be caught out. That seems to be what happened to the driver of this Ferrari 488 Pista.

a person in a green field: Big power comes with big responsibility. © mrexumas - YouTube Big power comes with big responsibility.

This video, uploaded to YouTube and Instagram on Thursday by user mrexumas, shows a red Ferrari 488 driving down the road in the Netherlands. At one point, the driver appears to slow down and downshift multiple times, likely for the camera, before punching the accelerator. The car immediately pitches itself sideways—as expected from a car sending 710 horsepower from a twin-turbo V-8 to the rear wheels.

The track-ready Ferrari doesn't immediately cut the throttle, suggesting all of its traction and stability systems have been turned off. Caught out by the sudden loss of traction, the driver overcorrects and loses control. The car slams into a curb and then careens into the bushes on the side of the road. According to the video's uploader, no one was injured in the incident.

There's no word on how much damage was done to the car, though considering at least one airbag deployed, we're betting it won't be cheap to repair. This wreck is a scary reminder of just how powerful new supercars have become and just how quickly they can step out of line without the right electrical safety systems in place. Keep that in mind the next time you decide to switch traction all the way off.


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