Is Ferrari crash most costly since Mr Bean’s bump?

The rare Ferrari supercar hit a lamppost near Brackley
The rare Ferrari supercar hit a lamppost near Brackley

A rare £850,000 Ferrari has been mangled in one of the UK’s most expensive single-car crashes.

The driver of the Ferrari F50 - one of just 349 ever made - is thought to have lost control of the car after entering a dual carriageway.

He ended up hitting a lamppost and badly damaged the rear of the 1990s supercar, which is capable of reaching 202mph.

The crash, on Wednesday morning, happened on the A43 near Brackley. There were no injuries.

It is thought to be the most valuable car involved in a crash since Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson smashed his McLaren F1 in Cambridgeshire in 2011.

Values for the F50 have soared over the past two years and they are changing hands for upwards of £850,000.

Seamus O’Brien, 49, from Leicester, was one of the first people to arrive at the scene of the crash.

He said: “I was driving on the A43 near Brackley and saw the Ferrari wrapped around the lamppost.

“There was a chap wearing a Ferrari T-shirt stood beside another chap, and another car had put its hazard lights on to block the lane, which was 50 yards off the westbound roundabout.

“It looked like a test drive gone wrong and they had clearly come around the roundabout to head towards Silverstone and applied too much power.

“They’re very unforgiving to drive and despite the very dry weather conditions, the driver clearly gave it too much welly and spun the car into the lamppost.

“Nobody was hurt apart from some seriously damaged egos.”

The Ferrari F50 was built as a halo car to celebrate the iconic Italian company’s 50th anniversary.

Regarded by many as an F1 car for the road, the F50 is powered by a 4.7-litre V12 engine which develops a staggering 520bhp.

This gives the F50 a 0-60mph time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 202mph.

A spokesman for Northants Police said: “We were called at 11.11am on Wednesday morning to reports a silver Ferrari was involved in a collision with a lamppost.

“The lamppost and the car were damaged, but there were no injuries.”