Engineers all over the world just felt a pang of near panic, but then the immediate soothing calm that comes from knowing their work matters. This time that feeling came as a result of a cliff-side guardrail doing exactly what it’s designed to do. In fact, this guardrail might’ve been worked a bit harder than it was designed to because it sits on a road where you shouldn’t be speeding, and it just kept a rally car from taking a massive tumble.
Driver Tomasz Kasperczyk was competing in the Rally Islas Canarias when he experienced a brake failure. In the video above, you can see the passenger-side rear tire lock up. That doesn’t help very much with a quick, tight right-hand turn. The car winds up sliding straight into the guardrail, which collects the race car and keeps it from exploring the rest of the Canary Island countryside.
Later in the video, you can see just how close the driver and co-driver came to having their bad day become quite terrible. Thankfully, they exited the car, held a large “OK” sign to the helicopter capturing the action, and were able to nervously laugh about this event over a beer back in the paddock.
Hopefully, they raised that beer and toasted the engineers of the world. The math and physics geeks who make sure a random guardrail in the hills of the Canary Islands can keep a Ford Fiesta R5 from experiencing cliffside doom very likely saved their lives.