Watching this dramatic crash that happened early in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race on Saturday, you might wonder how 41-year-old driver Allan McNish survived such violence.
As you can see in the video, McNish, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2008, walked away from the accident. Chalk that up to a barrier lined with rubber tires, effective crash protection built into his Audi R18 TDI’s roll cage, and the numerous parts of the car designed to rip away to diffuse the energy of the impact.
Even though the rest of the car virtually exploded when it hit the wall, notice how the chassis of the Audi R18remained in one piece, thanks to its single-piece construction designed to add more rigidity, unlike previous Le Mans Audis whose chassis were built in two halves.
Beyond McNish’s walkaway, surprisingly, no bystanders were hurt in the accident, according to Yahoo Sports. Early on Sunday morning, another Audi R18 won the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans race by 13 seconds.