Exotics Scrapped After Hurricane Harvey Is The Saddest Sight You Will See Today
Including The Aventador And The SLS AMG
Updated October 22, 2017
According to Cox Automotive chief economist Jonathan Smoke, Hurricane Harvey destroyed up to 500,000 vehicles. During the first couple of hours alone, insurance companies received more than 100,000 claims for cars impacted by Harvey. More than 75 of them reported totaled vehicles. As days pass, it seems ever more likely that Jonathan Smoke was correct in his estimates. Hurricane Harvey destroyed more cars than Hurricane Katrina and Sandy together. They, respectively impacted 200,000 and 250,000 cars.
Now, we are writing this story because a Facebook user Fredo Sanchez actually went to the Royal Purple Raceway and filmed thousands of cars stored there after the Hurricane. Among an unimaginable number of conventional cars, he filmed a multitude of really expensive sports cars and exotics damaged by the Hurricane. It is a sad sight for sure. Especially considering that many of these cars were not daily drives out there. Among other, Sanchez filmed a multitude of Porsche 911 models, tens of Corvettes including a Z06 Convertible, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Porsche 911 GT3, a Dodge Viper and even a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
All these stored cars are waiting for the insurance company evaluation.
Car Manufacturers Issue Some Help During Hurricanes
Now, after the Hurricane, some companies did offer special deals for new cars to those affected by the Hurricane. Tesla even issued an emergency firmware update unlocking additional battery capacity for some of the cars. See, the Model S with “60kWh” battery capacity actually has a 75kWh battery. Models X as well. After removing the electronic limit Tesla increased the range of its cars from 210 miles to 249 miles. Only for a few days though as they reverted it back to 60 kWh on 16th September.
We also touched upon insane gas prices in the affected areas. Obviously, cars and car infrastructure as a whole had a lot of issues in dealing with massive hurricanes that devastated some of our cities. These supercars and exotics are only one small part of the story.