Actor Rowan Atkinson, who portrays Mr. Bean in movies and British sitcoms, walked away from a fiery wreck after crashing his pricey sports car on an English road Thursday night.
The 56 year-old Atkinson, crashed his 1.1 million dollar McLaren F1 supercar near Haddon, a village about 85 miles north of London. Mr. Bean’s car spun out of control before careening into a tree, bouncing off a road sign and catching fire, officials said. “Rowan is lucky to be alive, considering the state of the car,” an onlooker told the Daily Mirror.
Atkinson was given a routine breathalyzer test at the scene and will face no criminal charges, police said. The top speed of a McLaren is 230 mph but police did not say if Atkinson was speeding or not. Firefighters said Atkinson hadn’t been trapped inside the car. Britain’s Daily Mirror tabloid reported that the actor was able to walk away from the vehicle and flag down other motorists for help.
Of the McLaren only 106 cars were manufactured, 64 of which were the standard street version. At the time of production one machine took around 3.5 months to make.
Even though production ended in 1998, the F1 remains one of the fastest production cars ever made; as of July 2010 it is succeeded by very few cars including the Saleen S7, the Koenigsegg CCR, the Bugatti Veyron, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT, and the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
However, all of the superior top speed machines use forced induction to reach their respective top speeds, making the McLaren F1 the fastest naturally aspirated production car in the world.By: Pat Prescott
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