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(Jalopnik)   Watch this Italian driver masterfully recover from an incredible 360-degree spinout in a Ferrari 458 at the Spa 24 race. One might say he pulled off the....Italian Job YYYYYEEAAAAHHHHHHH   (jalopnik.com) divider line 39
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2013-07-29 08:29:06 PM
I love how the guy starts waving the caution flag then suddenly realizes, "Wait, nope, no need!"
 
2013-07-29 09:21:59 PM
WOOHOO-HOO-HOO!

/nice catch
 
2013-07-29 09:34:46 PM
nice save

that would've really sucked if you bit it on the first corner of a 24hr race

/eau rouge is such a great corner
 
2013-07-29 09:45:43 PM
I can't decide if the French commentary makes it better or worse.

timujin: I love how the guy starts waving the caution flag then suddenly realizes, "Wait, nope, no need!"


Ha, yeah that was great.
 
2013-07-29 09:50:16 PM
Oooh la la!!

God damnit, French people are annoying!
 
2013-07-29 09:58:24 PM
  I like the attitude of this beauty that did a 360 at 140 mph....

http://youtu.be/qxDdF4AkD58?t=1m29s
 
2013-07-29 10:03:33 PM
he mucked that corner up real bad and put a lot of other drivers at risk by spinning back onto the track.  the real mastery in driving can be credited to the drivers that successfully navigated around him.
 
2013-07-29 10:04:49 PM
Knew this would be at Eau Rouge.  Spa is definitely on my bucket list of tracks to visit.  I've read F1 drivers never fully get used to it; it's taken flat out and the nose of the car must be pointed in the correct position before you get to the apex, and it's blind since it's uphill...kind of an automotive leap of faith I guess.  Always thought that was pretty damned cool.
 
2013-07-29 10:07:38 PM
www.troll.me
 
2013-07-29 10:20:20 PM

tokinGLX: he mucked that corner up real bad and put a lot of other drivers at risk by spinning back onto the track.  the real mastery in driving can be credited to the drivers that successfully navigated around him.


That right there.
 
2013-07-29 10:35:53 PM
I've seen better.

bangshift.com
 
2013-07-29 10:44:49 PM
That actually reminded me of the old video where the car thief defeats the PITT maneuver a few times before wrecking and being beaten by cops for embarrassing them on TV (Helicopter PoV).  Oh, and for endangering the lives of a bunch of folks, but I'm fairly certain that came after the embarrassment bit.
 
2013-07-29 10:53:40 PM
"Pulling off an Italian Job" should be a sexual maneuver, if it isn't one already.
 
2013-07-29 10:58:02 PM
Eh, I did that once turning left from 7th St. onto Olson Memorial in Minneapolis.  After spinning 450 degrees I was too embarrassed to stop so I just kept on going.  The left turn arrow was yellow don't you know and I'd have hated to wait a whole minute.
 
2013-07-29 11:07:33 PM

AJace: Knew this would be at Eau Rouge.  Spa is definitely on my bucket list of tracks to visit.  I've read F1 drivers never fully get used to it; it's taken flat out and the nose of the car must be pointed in the correct position before you get to the apex, and it's blind since it's uphill...kind of an automotive leap of faith I guess.  Always thought that was pretty damned cool.


I've gassed it through Eau Rouge in a heavily-modified S4...Your perception of it is pretty spot on.

I did 20 laps, never felt comfortable.
 
2013-07-29 11:10:48 PM
My Dad did that a few years ago... 66 years old, driving with my Mom in a snowstorm back from up north (Michigan) and the vehicle went into a spin, went completely around, and he recovered to keep going down the highway. Needless to say, my Mom was pretty impressed, and of course, my Dad played it cool the entire time, as if it was no big deal.

In my younger days, I was not so lucky with that same maneuver, usually edging into the ditch before I could affect a full recovery (happened twice). Later in life, I've managed to avoid the 360, but I like to think I've kept my cool in several harrowing near-accidents (including a large pileup on I-96W west of Detroit occurring around me, brakes doing nothing on the ice-coated highway for anybody)
 
2013-07-29 11:11:17 PM

Silicon Sam: I like the attitude of this beauty that did a 360 at 140 mph....

http://youtu.be/qxDdF4AkD58?t=1m29s


The fact that she can also do this "360" doesn't hurt:
thenewsportsguru.com
 
2013-07-29 11:22:43 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

Could use a few tips on executing a clean 360.

/though, to be fair, it worked out to his advantage
//hot like the chase
 
2013-07-29 11:49:16 PM

AJace: Knew this would be at Eau Rouge.  Spa is definitely on my bucket list of tracks to visit.  I've read F1 drivers never fully get used to it; it's taken flat out and the nose of the car must be pointed in the correct position before you get to the apex, and it's blind since it's uphill...kind of an automotive leap of faith I guess.  Always thought that was pretty damned cool.


Eau Rogue is only that first left hander in the combo, the spinout was in the right hand portion of the r-l sweep known as Radillon (this was the apex of the old hairpin)
 
2013-07-30 01:16:13 AM
And people say French is a beautiful language.
 
2013-07-30 01:44:31 AM
Meh - I did that in an Oldsmobile once...when I was drunk...and I'm not a professional race driver.  I'm not impressed.  Sadly nobody was filming me.

Shut up, I didn't hurt anyone or anything.  It was kind of fun though.

Oh, and my high school physics teacher claimed to have done that in a Porsche on an icy road.  She failed to explain it though which really makes me question her grasp of physics.  Actually, she was a great teacher ad understood physics very well, but hey Porsche does 360 on icy road.  You can't explain that.
 
2013-07-30 02:12:42 AM
In auto racing circles: Save of the Century candidate.
 
2013-07-30 03:01:03 AM
Did that once in my old 98 escort wagon... my son swears we hit something, his whole face hurt when he woke up.

I reminded him NOT to pull up on the lever between us before he grunted at me and after he woke back up just to be sure.
 
2013-07-30 03:12:44 AM
Another 360 that didn't get straightened out as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBXIW-CIqWs
 
2013-07-30 04:15:13 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Another 360 that didn't get straightened out as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBXIW-CIqWs


Right before Earnhardt died I was at a beach carny and the black number 3 go cart lost a wheel and jumped the wall.  COINCIDENCE?
 
2013-07-30 06:57:22 AM
Ooohh! La la la la la
 
2013-07-30 07:37:55 AM

gfid: Meh - I did that in an Oldsmobile once...when I was drunk...and I'm not a professional race driver.  I'm not impressed.  Sadly nobody was filming me.

Shut up, I didn't hurt anyone or anything.  It was kind of fun though.

Oh, and my high school physics teacher claimed to have done that in a Porsche on an icy road.  She failed to explain it though which really makes me question her grasp of physics.  Actually, she was a great teacher ad understood physics very well, but hey Porsche does 360 on icy road.  You can't explain that.


I once watched someone drunk in front of me on the highway do a 360 in some ratty Oldsmobile.  Called the cops who'd been giving everyone tickets on that stretch for the entire fall/winter and was promptly told to contact another department because it wasn't their jurisdiction.

Speed traps?  Totally AOK.
Drunk drivers?  Fark that, call someone else.
 
2013-07-30 08:18:14 AM
Too bad the train driver in Spain didn't see this first, he might've known how to handle it.

Too soon?
 
2013-07-30 09:25:45 AM
Ever notice there is no east Indian drivers in these thing.

I'll just leave it at that.
 
2013-07-30 09:44:47 AM

indarwinsshadow: Ever notice there is no east Indian drivers in these thing.

I'll just leave it at that.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narain_Karthikeyan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karun_Chandhok
 
2013-07-30 10:19:24 AM

Silicon Sam: I like the attitude of this beauty that did a 360 at 140 mph....

http://youtu.be/qxDdF4AkD58?t=1m29s


Yeah, she's kinda cute.
And yoga-flexible, rawr.
 
2013-07-30 11:16:51 AM

danielscissorhands: Oooh la la!!

God damnit, French people are annoying!


"GAAHHH! They're using a common exclamation in their own language! Quick! Someone play some [insert native language here] sounds so I can calm down!"
 
2013-07-30 12:29:58 PM
Pulled off a similar move in a Ford escort on the GSP.
 
2013-07-30 01:35:22 PM

fatalvenom: AJace: Knew this would be at Eau Rouge.  Spa is definitely on my bucket list of tracks to visit.  I've read F1 drivers never fully get used to it; it's taken flat out and the nose of the car must be pointed in the correct position before you get to the apex, and it's blind since it's uphill...kind of an automotive leap of faith I guess.  Always thought that was pretty damned cool.

I've gassed it through Eau Rouge in a heavily-modified S4...Your perception of it is pretty spot on.

I did 20 laps, never felt comfortable.


Spa is #1 on my list as well.  Eau Rouge and the swimming pool section at Monaco are my favorite sections of track in the F1 season.

Once I drive Spa, I'll drive to The Ring and take a few laps there!
 
2013-07-30 02:32:26 PM

LesserEvil: My Dad did that a few years ago... 66 years old, driving with my Mom in a snowstorm back from up north (Michigan) and the vehicle went into a spin, went completely around, and he recovered to keep going down the highway. Needless to say, my Mom was pretty impressed, and of course, my Dad played it cool the entire time, as if it was no big deal.

In my younger days, I was not so lucky with that same maneuver, usually edging into the ditch before I could affect a full recovery (happened twice). Later in life, I've managed to avoid the 360, but I like to think I've kept my cool in several harrowing near-accidents (including a large pileup on I-96W west of Detroit occurring around me, brakes doing nothing on the ice-coated highway for anybody)


I did a 900 on I75 downtown Detroit, black ice.  I put the car in neutral when I realized that I was only going to catch it backwards.  Once I had control, I did one of those snap 180s that are so fun in parking lots, so that I was going forwards again, and I was still going 50mph.

I have never felt so lucky and in need of strong drinks.
 
2013-07-30 03:31:42 PM

Savage Bacon: danielscissorhands: Oooh la la!!

God damnit, French people are annoying!

"GAAHHH! They're using a common exclamation in their own language! Quick! Someone play some [insert native language here] sounds so I can calm down!"


To be fair, I wasn't referring merely to the exclamation, I was actually making a blatant generalization about the entire nation of France as well as francophones from Belgium and Switzerland, and perhaps Quebec. However, for the purposes of my bigotry, I shall exclude African and Caribbean Francophones.
 
2013-07-30 07:52:51 PM
meh...... cold tires

Danny Sullivan chuckles at your low speed antics
 
2013-07-30 09:51:27 PM

lewismarktwo: And people say French is a beautiful language.


Yeah this, don't know if it was just that announcer or the language, but that was the most godawful obnoxious sputtering I have ever heard.
 
2013-07-31 08:31:23 AM
"Ooooooh la la la la LA LALALALALALALA!"

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