What Happened When a McLaren 570S Flew off the Road, Rolled Twice, and Landed 297 Feet Down

A NASA scientist and an accident-reconstruction agency team up to find out why the spectacular crash ended with nobody even hurt.

In August 2018, a journalist driving a McLaren 570S Spider overcooked a corner on California State Route 33 and flew off the road. I was in the passenger’s seat. With the roof retracted, the 570S rolled twice before coming to rest 297 feet from where the Pirellis last touched asphalt, some 80 feet down a mountainside. There were no injuries. While the horrific sensations of the crash are etched in my memory, I had only a fuzzy idea of the speeds and forces that I survived. A NASA rocket scientist and an accident-reconstruction agency helped piece it together.

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