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We don’t want to be the bearer of tragic news; however, there were only 25 of the Porsche-based Gemballa Mirage GT on Earth before, and now, only 24 after a reckless driver butchered his in a series of accidents with parked vehicles in Manhattan this morning. What a rough way to start a day.
Early this morning, a driver driving the rare sports car smashed into several vehicles on the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan before being stopped by police officers at 11th Ave. and 44th St, FOX5NY reports.
Numerous vehicles were left damaged along 11th Ave. North of the Javits Center, which is actually being used as a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The driver, now identified as 33-year-old Benjamin Chen, who is a supercar collector and co-founder of the notorious Gold Rush Rally, was arrested after attempting to flee the scene and charged with drugged driving.
The NYPD arrest report obtained by The Drivereads, “On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at approximately 0730 hours, officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the vicinity of West 44 Street and 11 Avenue, within the confines of the Midtown North Precinct. Upon arrival, officers observed a 33-year-old male operator and sole occupant of a 2014 Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT conscious and alert.
Further investigation revealed that the operator of vehicle #1 struck the rear of a parked unoccupied vehicle #2 and fled southbound on 11 Avenue in his Porsche The motorist proceeded to strike vehicles #3,4 and 5 that were also parked and unoccupied in the vicinity of West 44 Street where his vehicle came to a rest. The suspect was taken into custody at the scene.”
In this video, the driver can be seen fleeing the scene after having hit cars.
Videos and photos posted on social media show the devastating aftermath of the accident. While the driver got off the car unscattered, the same thing couldn’t be said about the rare Gemballa Mirage GT.
Its hood is missing and the frond-end is smashed with the windshield looking completely shattered. The rear end doesn’t look too good either.
The left section of the bumper has broken off and we can safely say that it’s taken major mechanical damage.
These pictures become even more tragic when you think about the fact that the car can sell for more than $750,000. Or at least, could at this point.
Moreover, apparently, this is not the first sports car that was crashed by Ben Chen. Back in 2013, he crashed a $230,000 McLaren 12C Spider during the rally and got a ticket for reckless driving.
On a side note, this Gemballa Mirage GT is a tuned version of the Porsche Carrera GT. As we’ve said before, its production was limited to 25 units.
The car features a 5.7 liter V10 engine that is 661 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque.
This monster engine enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds before hitting a top speed in excess of 208 mph.
And it looks incredibly beautiful, on a good day of course.