Rowan Atkinson escapes fiery crash

Published Aug 5, 2011


Rowan Atkinson, better known to us as Mr Bean, had a very lucky escape last night after he crashed his McLaren F1 supercar and it caught fire.

According to the Daily Mail, the actor lost control and the car spun numerous times before crashing into a tree and then a road sign.

The accident took place near Peterborough in England and the 56-year-old managed to escape from the car before being collected by emergency personnel and taken to a hospital nearby. According to reports, he doesn't appear to be very badly injured.

This is the second accident that Atkinson has had in this McLaren, the previous occasion being in 1999 when the front end of the car was smashed in a collision with a Rover Metro. Perhaps he should stick to yellow Minis? After all, this highly sought after McLaren is a serious piece of machinery.

The 468kW V12-engined McLaren F1 held the honour of being the fastest car in the world in the 1990s, with its recorded top speed of 386km/h. It can also get from 0-96km/h in only three seconds.

Made from extremely lightweight materials and further distinguished by its three-seat layout in which the driver sits in the middle, only 100 F1s were ever built, making it a collector's item of note.

Related Topics: