Racing always involves taking a bit of risk because something can go very wrong in the blink of an eye. Mick Mansour learned that lesson the hard way after crashing a Nissan GT-R last month in Australia during the 2022 GT-R Challenge held at Cootamundra Airport. It was the first accident in the 14 years the event was held, and easily one of the scariest accidents involving Godzilla. Luckily, the driver lived to tell his story.
The car has technically rolled 11 and a half times since ending up with the wheels facing the sky. How did it end there? We can see Mick struggling to keep the GT-R in a straight line by correcting the steering while the high-powered engine starts pulling it towards the grass. Confident in his ability to tame the beast, he continued. However, things were going south when one of the tires hit the grass. The next moment, he was speeding sideways at about 270 km/h (168 mph).
The front right tire exploded and there was nothing he could do to stop the car safely. Mick admits he thought he was going to die that day. He actually had a bad feeling about running before the crash but decided to ignore his instincts and race the GT-R anyway. It could have claimed his life, but here he is, explaining the horrific accident.
He was rushed to the hospital where the doctors repeated the MRA scan because they didn’t believe he was okay. When they returned with results confirming that he had escaped unscathed, the doctors told him it was a miracle he survived with no fractures and only a few bruises. He was allowed to go home the same day to see his wife and children.
Built for drag racing, the GT-R produces around 1,500 horsepower on E98 fuel. It was actually lowered from 2,100 hp as it proved too much to handle. As it turned out, the 1,500 horses were still too wild to be tamed. Luckily, Nissan was fully prepared for drag racing and the driver was wearing the helmet that most likely saved his life.
He admits rolling over 11 times was a traumatic event that gave him nightmares, but he didn’t give up on racing. Through this video, Mick wants to emphasize the importance of safety gear: roll cage, helmet, harness, etc. As for the car, they were able to save the engine, gearbox, differential, two wheels, and many parts of the interior, including the nitro bottle.