What you are about to witness here is a horrific crash that took place in the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on a Friday in end of May. A 2012 Toyota Camry was said to be traveling at 200km/h with the intention to drift along the long straight stretch. Yes, drifting.
The Camry carrying 3 passengers and a driver lost control from drifting, spun off to the right and flipped several times after hitting a curb at the side of the road. There have been reports that all passengers and driver in the Camry did not have their seat belts on, causing all 4 to be thrown out from the vehicle. The huge impact severed arms and legs of the passengers and sent them flying in the air.
We would like to warn you that the video of the crash below is extremely graphic.
‘Tafheet’ or drifting in arabic, is a popular motorsport in the Middle East that high performance cars drift on public roads at insane speed of 1800 – 240km/h. However, this Middle Eastern style driting is some how different. Instead of powersliding around sharp corners, these drifters slide around on a flat straight road.
Popular choice of cars are mostly FWD cars, such as Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord and Mazda 6. Some drift with RWD cars, such as the BMW 7 Series, Chevrolet Caprice, Chevrolet Lumina and Infiniti M. Some even do it in 4WD Subaru Legacy and mid-engined sports cars such as Porsche Boxster and Ferrari F430.
It has been a nuisance among other drivers on the road, however this illegal motorsport has attracted many ‘spectators’ along the street including this one in Riyadh. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing crashes from such activity.
This Camry’s crash really make us think twice before stepping on the pedal any further, and remember, always wear your seat belts!