A few weeks back we brought you news that Danny Thompson, the son of famous racer Mickey Thompson was to attempt a land speed record at the Bonneville salt flats. Well, things didn’t go entirely to plan for Danny in his 1,300-horsepower Ford Mustang.
Thompson had previously recorded a top speed of 252 miles per hour but recently headed back to the flat lands for a crack at at the 300-mph mark. Danny hit major problems as he passed about 260 mph. His Mustang got loose and then began to lift and then left the ground at approximately 264.7 mph. Apparently, Danny and his Mustang traveled 1,100 feet airbourne before hitting the salt and the car rolled much further before coming to a stop.
It shows how far good safety equipment has come when Thompson escaped the wreck with no injuries. Not even minor injuries, no scratches or bruises and even his cell phone sitting in his pocket was fine.
It’s a brutal crash and you can check out the in-car footage in the video below. (more…)