Originally Posted by conordec
lotta damage for 50kmph... LOL.
Originally Posted by grey_esp
I was thinking the exact same thing.
You realise it was a head on with a brick wall? Brick walls are a lot tougher than the flimsy panels modern cars are made of. You can sit on the bonnet and dent them...
The panel damage wasn't what wrote it off anyway - thats easy to fix. The structure of the car is completely intact - the chassis hasn't been bent, the motor hasn't moved, all the gaps are perfect (except the bonnet for some reason). To fix the damage you can see is bolt on a new nosecone - not exactly hard to find decent ED panels - spray it and its done. Given I work at a panelbeaters, if the bent panels were the only damage, it'd be back on the road within 2-3 days. Put it this way - it still drives.
What killed the car was the fact that pretty much every suspension component, and the surrounding area, was badly bent. When it hit the gutter at around 50 kays it was sideways. The force of bouncing over a gutter at 50 kays, with a rather heavy car, means that somethings gotta give. Unfortunately what gave way wasnt the easy to fix tyres or rims, it was the expensive "I have to take it to professionals" suspension bits.