First it was a mysterious Swedish businessman in California. Then a member of the Russian parliament. Then a rally participant in Utah. Then a businessman in Seoul. Drivers of the insanely expensive ($1.5 million) and rare (less than 400 were made) Ferrari Enzo are, evidently, an exceedingly overconfident lot. (See a gallery of wrecked Enzos here.) Now you can add to that list actor and comedian Eddie Griffin, who totaled an Enzo at a racetrack yesterday while promoting his new car-porn flick, Redline. Thankfully, the crash was captured by alert news crews that were there to tape the promotional event. The car belonged to the movie’s producer, the distraught Daniel Sadek.
So why are these horrors being inflicted again and again on these poor, pricey cars? Because they’re essentially street-legal racecars, and as such are very, very hard to drive. They are not tuned for (more or less) everyday driving the way other Ferraris and similar exotics are—they are tuned for the racetrack and require deft manipulation of the throttle and steering, as well as the driver’s undivided attention, to keep on course. You can’t just toss it around and jam the gas to the floor at every corner. If there's an upside here, it's that non-stupid Enzo owners can enjoy watching their cars become even rarer by the day. If these reports are starting to trouble you, though, there is something you can do about it.––Eric Adams