I don't want to take away from the owner's story since I asked him to come tell it here, but what I read on Facebook was that he hit a patch of water and hydroplaned on the pilot sport cup tires that come on the car and lost control and hit something. Much discussion on Facebook about whether or not these are the right tires for the car.Probably the work of insane drivers in Italy. You need a sports car to keep from getting run over.
First, I am sincerely happy that he was not injured. That said, The Owner should have educated himself on the specs of his high-performance car and it's capabilities. It's unfortunate that owners, at the bare minimum, do not take the time to read through their owners manual. -In this instance it would have saved him a lot of downtime without his GT4.
And IMO (fwiw), these are the right tires for this car.
I hear you.... But conversely this is an Ultimate Performance Vehicle that can be driven on the street, and it may not be a right fit for all.They are the right tires for ultimate performance but I am not convinced they are the right tire for all. For me, not being able to confidently drive the car in rain on stock tires is a negative. A box check option to put on a normal max performance summer tire would be welcomed.
I've learned that when there has been little or no rain for a couple weeks, it's best to be very careful since the accumulated oil on the road mixes with the rain, and it could cause any car to lose control. So it would be interesting to see what the specific road conditions were. If those conditions didn't exist in this case and the driver wasn't speeding, then it would be problematic since the car is not suitable for street driving where the average GT4 will spend the vast majority of its life.They are the right tires for ultimate performance but I am not convinced they are the right tire for all. For me, not being able to confidently drive the car in rain on stock tires is a negative. A box check option to put on a normal max performance summer tire would be welcomed.
Agreed on all points, it is the drivers responsibility to be aware of how the tires he/she has on the car affect it's handling, this could be tread compounds, temperature, or surface contaminants like water or sand.I definitely feel bad for the guy... but it's ultimately a lesson learned.
I remember a guy buying a Mazdaspeed3 in the winter and almost immediately wrecking it. He came on the forums and complained to the heavens about not being told not to drive it in the snow with the summer-only tires it came with. He seemed to want to blame everyone but himself.
It was unfortunate, but he got very little sympathy. This is the same sort of thing but at a much higher price point.
Hopefully he'll get it all patched up and have many years of huge grins ahead of him.