A well-known Mazda Miata powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Hellcat engine has been damaged after the driver accelerated away from a car show and lost control.
The Miata, fondly known as ‘Hellkitty’ and featured on Hoonigan’s Donut Garage last year, is one truly wild ride with no less than 707 hp and a bright orange paint scheme that ensures the car turns heads wherever it goes.
The driver of the car, Michael Kelly, purchased the Hellcat-powered Miata from the original builder last year and took to Facebook to explain the crash where he revealed a mechanical fault was to blame.
Today was a huge eye opener. We had a near death experience. Thank you everyone who’s asking if we are okay. Leaving a…
“Today was a huge eye opener” he wrote. “We had a near death experience. Thank you everyone who’s asking if we are okay. Leaving a car show today, I did a small pull. When I hit the brakes to slow down I had a caliper lock up. Before I could get off the brakes, the car was already in the grass. I got sucked in and the car did a 180 in the ditch.”
Fortunately for Kelly, the car didn’t suffer any mechanical damage and only the body has suffered a “few dings and scratches” with the taillights and front bumper also damaged. No one was injured in the wreck.
Kelly paid $36,000 for the ultimate Mazda Miata last year when Barrett-Jackson auctioned it off during its Las Vegas sale. With a few new body panels, the car should be back on the road looking as good as new.