For anybody who has watched Britain’s Top Gear (or even America’s Top Gear), chances are you’ve seen an episode or two involving an air vehicle of some sort racing against a fast vehicle. In this case of footage released by Top Gear Korea, it’s a Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter and a C6 Corvette ZR1. But as the footage quickly reveals, things end rather abruptly with the helicopter’s blades colliding with the earth and bringing the machine down to a violent halt.
For those that believe the crash was pilot error, it’s not the case at all. According to RaceShotsResource — a friend of the pilot — he holds a masters in aeronautics, and the Corba actually suffered a servo failure, which controls the pitch mechanism of the rotor. This caused the helicopter to over-rotate, and slam into the ground. Luckily, nobody was seriously injured.
Watch it all happen just below.