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Fabio on Crash: Gimme a Brake

4/12/2009 3:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Fabio clearly no longer has the Midas touch. He insists the cause of yesterday's Ferrari crash was brake failure.

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A rep for Fabio just gave us a jingle, claiming Mr. F was driving the $300,000 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano during a sanctioned event for World Class Driving, when he hit the brake pedal on the dreaded Mulholland Drive and... nothing.

And Fabio's rep says there's a witness -- an unnamed passenger in the car who heard Fab scream "I have no brakes," and then... crash.

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31.

Lord J    

Has Fabio not learned the art of the down shift?

1963 days ago
32.

the_turk    

You can hit the clutch and think you're hitting the brake. Retards know how to drive stick!

1963 days ago
33.

AL GOREs VAGINA    

Some of the comments here are just plain dumb!

First of all, the incident occured during a event where over a dozen people were driving 5 different cars on a "closed" section of Mullholand Drive. The event was billed as the "DRIVE THE WORLD'S FASTEST CARS".

Each vehicle was driven by all 15-20 people. The Ferrari had been driven (AT HIGH SPEED) by 10 other people before Fabio drove it. Each time the Ferrari made a run - it was NOT mechanically checked for any problems, such as brakes, hydraulics,etc..

Several posters have made comments that are not only incorrect technicality - but are just plain stupid:

"He used the clutch pedal instead of the brake" --- THIS CAR DOES NOT HAVE A CLUTCH PEDAL -- IT HAS A PADDLE SHIFTER.

"Hasn't he ever heard of a hand brake" -- IF THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM WERE TO FAIL, THE BRAKES INCLUDING THE HAND/PARKING BRAKE WILL NOT FUNCTION.

"No traction = no steering and no brakes" -- THIS FERRARI AND MOST ALL NEW EXOTIC/SUPER CARS HAVE AUTOMATIC TRACTION CONTROL -- THIS ALONG WITH THE BRAKES WILL NOT WORK IF THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FAILED.

I have driven race cars for over 20 years and I have known Fabio for 10. He owns and drives Lamborgini's and high-end Porsches -- HE KNOWS HOW TO DRIVE ! Had he not -- BOTH HE AND HIS PASSENGER WOULD HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED ! Fabio did a great job of averting a much more serious accident.

The fact that there were NO BRAKE SKID MARKS AT THE SCENE proves the car's braking system was not functioning properly.

If you really knew Fabio, you would know he is one of the good guys! He is in great shape and never has a bad word to say about anyone. He does not drink,smoke or take drugs. It's so sad that immature, jealous, and down right mean people make comments about a man who is always been a prefect gentleman !

1963 days ago
34.

FiBiker    

IS'NT HE THE BONE SNUGGLER THAT DID THE I CANT BELIEVE ITS NOT BUTTER COMMERCIAL???

I THOUGHT HE ALREADY DIED FROM AIDS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

1963 days ago
35.

TestShoot    

That is a Ferrari 599, not a 612 Scaglietti and it is on Mulholland highway, not Mulholland drive.

1963 days ago
36.

Joanne    

What happened to his hair being blonde. Please, Fabio, dye it back to blonde. You look much better..

1963 days ago
37.

Rob    

Ferrari? Failed brakes? Scagliatti? You would have a better odds winning the lottery than failed brakes on a Ferrari.

Fabio is faking it just like he fakes everything in his life.


1963 days ago
38.

Mark    

"He used the clutch pedal instead of the brake" --- THIS CAR DOES NOT HAVE A CLUTCH PEDAL -- IT HAS A PADDLE SHIFTER."

It can be had with either a manual or a semi-automatic transmission.

"Hasn't he ever heard of a hand brake" -- IF THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM WERE TO FAIL, THE BRAKES INCLUDING THE HAND/PARKING BRAKE WILL NOT FUNCTION."

Nonsense: The parking/emergency brake is a completely separate cable-actuated system.


Why do you lie?

1963 days ago
39.

Mark    

That's "smuggler", from the habit of mules concealing contraband up in the rectum.

1963 days ago
40.

JI    

no brakes, no real hair, no clue.

1963 days ago
41.

Victoria    

THE MAN STANDING ON THE SIDEWALK (TO THE FAR RIGHT) IS THAT FABIO'S BOYFRIEND?

1963 days ago
42.

ldystrmchsr    

This guy is such a DORK!!!!!

1963 days ago
43.

Yamaha R1    

I watched this happen with my own eyes. Fabio was driving his borrowed 599 at about 30 mph when the crash occured. We sat and watched as a Chysler 300 made the corner with out hitting the breaks at the same speed. As fabio came up on the turn he looked at the camera man instead of looking at the dangerously sharp turn in front of him. He took his eyes off the road for a second and wham hit th guard rail at 30 mph. The passenger side air bags went off in the girls face riding shotgun. He got out of the car and started shouting about his brakes malfunctioning. Funny how he knew they didn't work when he never hit them. Beside brake fade at 30 in a Ferrari, not likely. They guy was more concerned about how he looked than the safety of his passengers. TMZ feel free to email me if you want the real story, I have cell phone pictures of the car.

1961 days ago
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