Twin-Turbo Enzo Spins Off Course During 188 MPH Test

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Richard Losee's crashed-then-reborn twin-turbocharged Ferrari Enzo made its first Bonneville Speed Week showing and spun at 188 mph while attempting class-A certification. Nobody was injured, but Losee has to settle for the class-B license — for now. Updated

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According the Jalopnik-reader and Bonneville-attendee Steve, Losee managed a first pass run for a class-B license successfully with a trap speed of 179 mph. During his second run for the all-important class-A license, the car spun out during the 188 mph test and went off-course. Event officials chalked the incident up to the freshman driver's unfamiliarity with the conditions and car. We're just glad that pointy-nosed beast lives to fight another day.

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Update: We were contacted by the team's Project Manager, Kevin Marsh, who set the record straight:

We were not attempting to get the "A" category license on the run the car spun. That run was to test some body set-ups we had made after the third run, from data obtained on the three previous passes. The adjustments we made did not work, and the car spun. The cause of the spin is still being reviewed, and we are happy that the safety devices required by the SCTA worked as designed.

(Thanks for images the details sixt9coug!)

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