Driver writes off £200,000 Ferrari an hour after buying it

These shocking images show the charred remains of a supercar – which its new owner wrote off after less than an hour of ownership.

The jet black Ferrari 430 Scuderia – believed to be worth around £200,000 – crashed off the side of the M1 and transformed into a fireball near Barnsley, South Yorkshire yesterday (Thursday).

Police say the Ferrari driver left the road in wet conditions and slid 50 metres across a field before the vehicle, which goes from 0-60mph in just 3.6 seconds, burst into flames.

The mangled remains of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia (SWNS)
The mangled remains of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia (SWNS)

Police officers lifted the lid on the reason why motorists were stuck on at Junction 37 of the M1, posting two pictures of the wreckage on Facebook.

South Yorkshire Police Operational Support wrote: “Road conditions were wet at the time and as officers arrived on scene it became clear there was a vehicle well alight.”


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The post continued: “Colleagues from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue were in attendance squirting water all over some kind of sporty motor some 50 or so metres down a banking.

“As we are an inquisitive bunch, we found the driver and were amazed to see he only had minor cuts and bruises!

“Officers asked the driver what sort of car he ‘had’ to which he replied ‘It was a Ferrari’. Detecting a sense of damaged pride he then said ‘I’ve only just got it, picked it up an hour ago’.”

How it would have looked: A stock image of a Ferrari 430 Scuderia (Rex)
How it would have looked: A stock image of a Ferrari 430 Scuderia (Rex)

The officers signed off on a sombre note, urging motorists to drive safely.

“The serious part of this post: Over the past couple of weeks there has been a number of collisions where driving styles have not reflected the road and weather conditions – please take more care.”

Top image: SWNS