When Formula E was first proposed by Jean Todt back in 2011, no one could have expected how quickly it would take off. The first championship started in Beijing back in 2014 and the 58th race, to finish the 2018-2019 season, will take place on July 13 and 14 in the double-header finale in New York. As we come to a close of Season Five, there have been some exciting new developments for Season Six… Developments that prove just how popular Formula E is becoming.
Expanding The Race Calendar
It has recently been announced that the race calendar for the Formula E Championship is going to be expanded, to a total of 15 races instead of the current 13. Next year, we’ll see the return of the British ePrix with a brand new track that races through the city center of London. There have also been talks of a Brazilian ePrix, to capitalize on the interest in their drivers Felipe Massa and Lucas di Grassi.
Formula E TV Deal
Longo has spoken a lot about supporter satisfaction, which he thinks is playing a big part in the rising popularity of Formula E. Their free-to-air TV coverage means that any channel can play the Formula E races without having to pay for them – unlike the expensive contracts for races such as Formula 1. Longo has pledged that this free-to-air TV coverage will stay that way for as long as possible.
Electric vehicles are the talk of the town right now, so it only makes sense that motorsport events follow suit. While there were talks of merging with Formula 1, it seems as though Formula E is going to stand on its own two feet… For now. We can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Some people consider their car as a mere means of transportation, while others would spend an hour shining it by hand. Whatever it might be, your precious horseless carriage is an important resource. So, what would you do if the universe (or some idiot) decides to mess it up? Join us for a few laughs and empathetic sighs as we go through this list of car owners who couldn’t be having it worse.
Up in Flames
A wedding may be the most important day of someone’s life, and for good reason. You know what else is also an important day? The day you make your final car payment. After all, you now have full ownership of it!
We have absolutely no clue what happened that left the bride and the groom in the middle of the highway with a burning car in the background, but we’re intrigued. The best part is, although the bride has a beaming smile on her face, her husband couldn’t disagree more.
Locked Key Conundrum
We’ve all had moments where we locked ourselves out — either out of our house or car, but it’s usually a simple job to just call a locksmith. However, what to do when you lock your keys inside a vehicle that was made extra tough?
An armored truck can carry loads of weight and is often bulletproof, so we don’t need to discuss its ruggedness. There are three men attempting to take the key out, with one at the hood of the car with a palm on his head. Relatable.
Double the Misfortune
If you crashed someone’s car, at least have the decency to leave a note if you’re not going to pay for the damages. This person was having double the misfortune in this particular event.
Not only did someone mess up this guy’s car pretty bad before making a run for it, but he also got a parking ticket in the process. The impact of the crash pushed the car up the sidewalk, forcing the authorities to write a ticket for $43. Ouch!
I Am Speed
While we’re conflicted on the validity of the claim, this person got a ticket in the wildest way possible. They had obviously done something that was getting their car towed — maybe they parked in a no-parking zone, or they forgot to clear their monthly installments. In any case, the car was being taken away.
And in the process, the car owner received a speeding ticket as the vehicle was getting towed. So technically, shouldn’t the towing truck have gotten a ticket as well? Also, how can a truck that’s towing a whole car go that fast? Nevertheless, pretty sad.
Rugged Snow White
Ever had that moment where you really wanted to paint your car but you were tight on budget so you had to ditch the thought? This person is extra lucky because they got a thick, shiny white color coating without having to pay a penny!
A truck carrying white paint dumped it on the road and somehow covered the entire jeep, leaving it as white as a snowflake. The car owner may have to spend some money to get the windshield, lights, and windows cleaned, though.
Flew Out of Nowhere
This one isn’t as funny as it is concerning. A lot of the time, when people are moving or trucks are simply carrying materials, they tend to not secure their goods tight enough, causing random stuff to fly out.
A huge piece of wood pierced through the windshield of this car — with a break so sharp that it didn’t even shatter the glass. Thankfully, no one was injured, but people should be more careful as mishaps such as this one could cost someone their life.
Taking Car Navigation Too Seriously
Google Maps and car navigation has made life very easy. You just search up a location, hit the “Directions” button, and you’ll know exactly how to get there. However, the suggested routes are often a doozy.
We think because the driver was trying too hard to focus on the navigation, so they forgot to look at the road right in front of them and hence, drove right into a pond. A tip — don’t take car navigation too seriously.
Car Got Hit by Lightning
If you didn’t believe it until now, well, you might want to give it a thought again. Cars can get struck by lightning, and it’s pretty darn scary! This car looks like it had been put into a gallon of hot oil.
The impact caused a thin layer of ash to form around the exact spot where the lightning bolt hit, and it’s terrifying. Poor owner, though. They could have never seen it coming.
Complimentary Fish From Flying Friend
Who doesn’t like gifts? Especially if it’s a surprise one at that. Sometimes you get presents from the most unlikely sources. Look at this man here, who got a really unique gift from a friendly bird that must have thought this particular driver deserved a fish for dinner.
The bird dropped a catfish on the windshield of the car, causing it to crack pretty badly. Look at the bright side, though — at least the man has a pretty interesting story to tell his insurance company.
They Can Really Swing
Different parts of the world have various fun celebrations and events throughout the year. Spain has the “La Tomatina” festival where people get into a tomato fight for the sheer fun of it, and this car owner’s place was holding a pumpkin launching event.
It’s all fun and games till someone swings a pumpkin so hard that it smashes all records — as well as your car. Like one Reddit comment so rightfully put it, “It’s both impressive and horrible.”
Well That Was a Waste
Cars can be quite high maintenance and have huge repair costs, but we get them done anyway because we don’t have enough money or patience to deal with another car purchase again. This person thought their car would run as smooth as butter after they spent $2,100 on repairs.
The day after they picked it up, the car magically, albeit tragically burst into flames and almost turned into dust. Would you say you’re having it worse than this car owner? We wouldn’t.
A Car Mash
All those videos of avalanches that they show on the Discovery channel seem pretty close now, don’t they? A whole boulder fell on the in-law’s car of some Redditor. This completely destroyed one side of the car, which we think is beyond repair.
However, the consequences could have been much worse had the boulder fallen just a few feet away. Had anyone been in the car during that time, the story would have a much different vibe than now.
Going to Leave a Stink
Cleaning the inside of a car is challenging enough as it is. But, imagine how hard and time consuming it is to clean the interior of a massive truck. This Redditor’s father would surely know given the stated situation.
The old truck got hit by another truck, unfortunately unloading huge chunks of rotten, old potato slurry that was being taken to a feedlot for cows. We’re not even there and we’re covering our noses! Must smell ghastly.
My Car Tripped and Fell
If you’ve been bored enough to scroll through those low-resolution games on Facebook Messenger, you’re aware of the presence of “eat.io.” The objective of the game is to control a hole that’s supposedly hungry and it goes around consuming everything, starting from trash cans to entire buildings.
Seems like this hole assumed the character of the game, and decided to try and consume a car. Or maybe, the car was so clumsy, it tripped and fell. We’ll never know!
They Destroyed Everything!
At certain parts of our lives, we really need to look for the silver lining. Not because we’re trying to be optimistic, but because we’re trying to not lose our minds. One particular Redditor may have gotten on the universe’s wrong side because everything went awry for them.
A garbage truck exploded in their driveway, damaging two of their cars — one that was so totaled, there was no going back. If that wasn’t bad enough, a side of their house melted off. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, and we think that’s the sole relieving part.
At Least Something Opened
When your car is giving you blaring signs that it needs to be inspected, please do it. Otherwise, you may end up like this Redditor.
As one analogy correctly put it, “When you try to open your eyes in the morning but the goop is holding them together,” the outer part of the door came out, but everything else was pretty tightly locked. One Reddit comment concernedly asked them whether they were the Hulk or something, and we honestly have the same question.
One Expensive Tire
Did you know that the cheapest McLaren stands at an estimated price tag of $180,000? How would you feel if you ever damaged one while you were skipping out on a Starbucks coffee to save money? The answer — terrified.
This one shiny McLaren was chilling at the dealership — minding its own business — when a loose truck wheel flew out of nowhere, shattered the shop’s window glass, and then the car’s back. We can’t help but wonder if the owner of the tire had to pay compensation, and if they did, how hefty was that check?
What Game Is This?
‘80s and ‘90s kids will undoubtedly remember one of the most-watched cartoons of the time that saw the journey of Wile E. Coyote and his “prey,” Road Runner. In many of those episodes, Wile E. Coyote is seen dropping various objects in an attempt to kill the Road Runner — maybe even a piano at one point.
Is he back? If yes, why is he after a car? While this photo seems cartoonish enough, it did happen in real life and the owner ruefully captured it.
Yes, They Just Fell Off
Here’s another “How on Earth did that happen?” moment. The Redditor posted this picture (which is quite painful to look at) and said the wheels of their car just came off while they were driving.
This may have been due to a poor repairing job from the last time they handed it over to the mechanic, but it could have really dire consequences. From their post, it seems like everyone was unharmed, so at least that.
Just a Tiny Nick
Ah, snow! The beautifully supple bits of ice are amazing to make snow angels, but horrible when you have to leave the house on a cold winter’s morning and drive somewhere. This is where snow plows come in to save our lives, as they push away excess snow from the driveways.
These attachments can be rather heavy-duty, and trucks equipped with these aren’t the most careful transports. The car owner learned that the hard way. It’s simply a “nick,” right? They could easily fix it.
A Not-So-Friendly Colony
Having a good relationship with your neighbor means you two will be able to exchange favors comfortably. One Redditor borrowed his neighbor’s truck to haul some stuff. Before returning it, they thought of refilling the tank as a thoughtful gesture.
When they opened the lid to the gas tank, the neighbor’s heart must have skipped a beat. It’s not bees but rather a giant wasp colony (or so we think from the image) that found a nice home here. Now, it makes sense as to why the owner of this car never actually drives it. We mean, would you?
Shot Through the Car
We’re convinced that only Merida from Brave could shoot an arrow with so much force and precision. This brings us to our first question — where was the owner of this car driving around in order to get an arrow lodged into the side of the vehicle?
This one’s a shame as the car looks in great condition otherwise. It’s a pretty cool accessory, to be honest. How many people can claim they’ve had an arrow shot right through their car during a nice Sunday drive?
Absolutely Horrible Timing
Amidst the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, there’s sad news all around. Job cuts are a sad yet common phenomenon. Still, what would make someone’s day even worse? Complete destruction of their car, of course.
Not just one, but two of their cars — the other we believe belongs to a family member. From the sounds of it, this Redditor has lost hope. They’re not even so angry about this mishap, as if it was to be expected considering how 2020 has already been going. And that’s why they concluded their Snapchat caption with a simple, “Happy Easter, everyone!”
The Missus Won’t Be Happy
Few things beat the happiness upon buying a brand new car. You’re feeling energized to take it out for the very first time. Shame if something terrible happens, right? This Redditor had taken his wife’s new car for a spin, and it was even on its first tank of gas.
The missus probably won’t appreciate her spouse returning with a flat tire. Then again, we guess it could be worse, right?
Up and In
Something as small as a golf ball could do some pretty serious damage to your car. Don’t believe us? One Redditor went to play at Topgolf for the very first time. They might have had high hopes that they’d soon be super proficient, or at least leave the course without damages.
Unfortunately for them, the universe had other plans. The golf ball broke the side view mirror and perfectly sat in place for the car owner to discover.
What a Beautiful View!
The view is breathtaking, isn’t it? This place is Ladies View — a scenic viewpoint you’ll find about 12 miles from Killarney if you take the N71 road to Kenmare.
Ireland has some of the most beautiful places in the world, and it’s a shame that the driver won’t be able to enjoy it given they literally drove their car off a cliff and it’s currently hanging off the edge. And although we sincerely hope that anyone who was involved left unscathed, this photo has got to be one of our favorites.
Better Air Circulation
There are a few streets all over the world in many countries where even the locals are scared of parking their cars. Those streets are teeming with pesky thieves who could disassemble and steal bits of your car in seconds.
The most popular items are rearview mirrors, headlights, and taillights — and maybe even the logo if they’re feeling extra frisky. Few thieves have the audacity and time to take off the doors of a car and scoop them up. We bet you could truly feel the wind while driving this one.
I’m Not Cleaning That Up
Perhaps this is why car covers are so important. What the owner left in the parking garage was a shiny white car. What they came back to was a whole different story. Sadly, the floor above was being laid with tarmac, and quite a bit managed to seep out on the cars below.
It wouldn’t have been this bad had it been any other color, but on a white canvas, the cleaning job is going to be an absolute misery.
Tad Bit Chilly Outside
Rule of thumb when parking your car outside a garage on a snowy day — make sure all the windows and doors are closed shut. Or, you could end up like this guy’s neighbor. The owner probably didn’t know any better and was under the impression that snow can’t do too much damage.
As you can see, it can actually do quite a bit. It’s not hard to clean this up, but you will need patience and a good leaf blower. Plus, the seats will most likely remain damp for a while.
Cute Little Polka Dots
Neighbors can either be welcoming and understanding, or apathetic and inconsiderate. This Redditor truly got the shorter end of the stick when his neighbor decided to paint their fence.
Much harm wouldn’t have been done had enough precautions been taken, but as neither parties were careful enough, the car owner was left with little yellow specks all over his glossy red car. Maybe he can pass it off as a design, who knows?
How Did it Get There?
This is a student’s worst nightmare coming to life. Before an exam, the adrenaline starts taking over and the nerves inevitably hit — whether or not you studied all semester. The most horrible thing that could happen on a big day like this would have to be losing the very thing you need in order to actually get to the exam.
One poor student had the worst start to their exam day when their keys swung into the car and got jammed inside the door. It also seems like it was raining that day. Truly unfortunate.
You’re Doing it Wrong!
One should always schedule wheel alignments at regular intervals to decrease tire wear and make sure their vehicle travels straight. This Redditor probably didn’t think much before taking their truck in for an alignment, and it seems like the car mechanic isn’t thinking at all.
Were they planning on crashing the car instead of aligning it? From this snap, we can only assume that the employee behind this mishap is quite inexperienced…
It Might Be Snowing
Social media and YouTube are filled with videos of soda cans and bottles exploding in closed spaces in winter. Here’s something to always remember — never leave a carbonated beverage in your car when it’s cold outside because it most certainly will explode.
This Redditor from Minneapolis can confirm. The reason for these “explosions” is due to the isolated pocket of carbon dioxide that creates overbearing pressure, causing the can to pop or the bottle to break. It can also happen with soda pop, which is why it’s actually called “pop” as one clever Redditor pointed out.
There They Are!
Rule number one when you open a vehicle’s trunk — please mind the keys. Refrain from the temptation to place them inside because it’s almost certain that you will forget them there. Take lessons from this poor fella here.
Notice the small plate of silver metal through the gap? That is the Redditor’s car keys, which they locked in the grooves of their trunk. We reiterate, keys should never be set down inside the trunk.
Hello! Don’t Mind the Bear
Here’s a pretty unique one. Pawprints can often be found on cars if they’re parked outside or on the driveaway. It’s mostly felines and raccoons, the most curious kind that is.
However, to notice pawprints as big as those and coming to the shocking realization that those are bear prints is a whole different story. The intrigued bear might have been looking for something as it climbed to the top of the car. We guess it’s a good thing that no one was inside!
Ford Fiesta Lame
Car companies always try to come up with cool names for their vehicles. We have Aston Martin “Valkyrie,” AMC “Gremlin,” Jeep “Gladiator,” and many more. Ford has a bunch of nice names for their cars, like the Ford Fiesta Flame this Redditor owns — or owned, given that the F fell off and they now drive a Ford Fiesta “Lame.”
This could easily be our favorite one from the whole bunch because it’s just so effortlessly funny. We might have laughed at it for 15 minutes straight…
One More Ticket
You pay for a ticket and you get to park. That’s the rule. One car, one ticket, right? Well, technically, one person just couldn’t make the cut with their trailer in time and the barrier closed. This means they had to buy another ticket to get their trailer through.
Sure, buying a ticket that’s usually just a few bucks may not be the end of the world, but it’s incredibly frustrating — that’s for sure.
Didn’t Think That Through
Buying things in bulk has its perks — for one, it usually ends up being relatively cheaper. Companies introduce a bunch of prepaid cards with coupons or punching systems. You will be able to avail many of their services within a limited amount of time with the card.
If you like paying less for things, these cards are life saviors, most of the time at least. This Redditor didn’t save a single cent by purchasing a year’s worth of car washes. Why? Well, because Madison Car Wash no longer exists. Money literally down the drain.
A Sticky Situation
Honey may be sweet and tasty as heck, but spilled honey is one of the worst things in the world. It’s sticky, takes forever to remove, and remains gooey even after a wash. One Redditor posted a photo before and after the disaster that took place in their friend’s car.
Two jars of honey were sitting in the car, and you can imagine the rest. The glass broke, leaving a complete gallon of honey spread across the interior of the car. The friend must have had a party while cleaning that up…
This Isn’t a Movie
Imagine leaving your car in perfect condition and coming back to a bullet lodged in there. Or worse — you were driving or sitting in your car when the car in front of you was getting shot at, and one stray bullet managed to hit yours.
While this does sound like the plot of a cliché action movie, it happened in real life to this Redditor. From his comments, we know that he parks in a neighborhood with sketchy characters, and although he didn’t experience the shootout firsthand, he did hear sounds.
Sometimes, the elements get the better of us and we simply have to sit back and hope that we make it to the other side. If a flood occurs and water starts to surround your car, you’re simply going to have to hope for the best.
This person couldn’t believe their luck when they saw their car engulfed in floodwater in a parking lot. The biggest problem though was that they couldn’t even walk over to the car.
Sink When You’re Winning
We think that maybe this person was a little too optimistic with their Snapchat post. Sure, it’s cool to be able to drive along a beach. But when the sand turns to slush and virtually anything can sink into it, it’s probably best to get your vehicle as far away from the beach as possible.
This person learned their lesson the hard way and all they could do was watch as their car sunk to the depths of the mushy sand.
What a Hunk of Junk
There’s nothing like buying a new car. The smell inside that thing is the freshest thing you’ll ever smell and without any mileage on it, that thing rides like a beauty. But if you have made it only two weeks before that car suffers some kind of damage, then consider yourself unlucky or somewhat irresponsible.
This guy was part of the former kind of people, especially when they were shocked to see that a garbage truck had sprayed dirty paint down its side.
If you are ever going camping deep into the woods, it’s probably a good idea to carry some bear mace with you. This can sprays out chemicals that, while not necessarily hurting any of our grizzly friends, will deter them from approaching any further.
After all, this could be the difference between life and death. Little did this person know though that keeping bear mace just below your windshield during a hot day can cause it to explode…
Three Times Unlucky
If you have a convertible with a retractable roof, you need to be prepared for the possibility that some opportunists will try to break in from the top. This guy suffered that exact scenario. It turns out though that this was just the beginning of his misfortune that day.
Not only did the thieves leave the car this way, it then preceded to rain, soaking the interior of the car. And that’s not all. The guy got fired that very same day!
Don’t Burst My Bubble
Driving over a pothole is never fun, no matter how slow you might be driving. But if you happen to hit one at 70mph, expect some nasty consequences. Take this guy for example, who felt a strange sensation while driving after hitting a pothole.
When he stopped, he looked outside to discover that one of his tires had suffered some sort of “injury.” At the end of the day, the faster you drive, the more difficult it is to look out for hazards.
OK Captain Obvious
Don’t you just hate it when you see a car that got vandalized by a passerby? Moreover, don’t you just hate it when the car that got vandalized is yours? You would think that if someone liked the way your car looked, they would either steal it from you or they would simply shout “hey, nice car man” and get on with the day.
But no, this vandal had to write “nice car” in big letters over this person’s car.
Having a Smashing Time
The last thing that any driver wants to see is their rear window smashed in. It normally implies that whoever did it managed to get into the car and steal the contents inside. But that’s not all in this scenario. This guy’s license plate ended up getting stolen too!
And to make matters even more frustrating, the guy’s mother ended up getting interrogated by the cops because it was in her name.
Crash and Burn
Some of us have very emotional connections to our cars. Maybe it’s your first, or maybe you have had some unforgettable experiences driving it. Whatever the case may be, it certainly isn’t pleasant to see your car roasting and toasting in the middle of nowhere.
That’s what this guy had to deal with when he eventually retrieved his stolen car. It was burned to a crisp. It just goes to show that some people are past the point of no return.
Looks Kind of Cool
Imagine getting out of your car and finding it in this state after parking it. This guy wasn’t sure what had happened when he heard a loud pop come from outside. Then, he discovered that he had driven over a tub of paint, and this happened.
Depending on who the driver might be, one might actually like the pattern on the car. It almost looks like some kind of Jackson Pollock painting. If we were this driver, we’d just leave it the way it is.
Remember to Switch Gears
If you’re attentive during your driving lessons, you’ll know that switching gears is a key part of the process. Once you’ve parked, make sure to change gears to ensure your car doesn’t move somehow.
Take it from this Redditor, whose car crashed a fence and bumped into a group of Jeeps at a car dealership. If there were damages, which we assume there were, he probably had to pay for them. Moreover, the cars were brand new, so we’re guessing he had to pay a high amount.
Well, She Tried
Having your kids help you out with chores from time to time is a good feeling. They’re learning the value of work, and if you’re doing it together, you get to spend some quality time. However, please make sure to supervise the younger kids the most as they’re mostly clueless when it comes to what causes harm as opposed to what doesn’t.
A precious little girl tried to help her parents clean their car — but with a rock. Well, kudos to her for trying!
Call the Towing Service
There are days when the brain and body refuse to coordinate so we unintentionally get clumsy, and there are days when we’re downright unlucky. Not only did this Redditor drop their keys into the well, but they couldn’t even get them out because something was sitting on top of the vent.
What, you ask? Their own car. The solution was there — get in the car and drive it off. They just need one thing and that is the key that’s currently stuck in the sewer, which the car is sitting on top of.
Follow the Signs
Karma is real, and incidents like this re-establish that fact. If you’re not following basic traffic rules and making illegal U-turns here and there, this one’s for you. Be aware that no one is immunized from getting stuck in wet concrete.
This image is particularly funny as the car that got stuck is an Audi, and that brand is known to produce luxury cars at high price points. There goes your extremely precious car. The lesson for today — never break traffic rules.
Close the Door
This piece has been full of valuable lessons we can derive from other people’s mistakes (sometimes misfortune) and this is one fine example. The owner decided to use an automated car parking system — easy and feasible.
Sadly, they might have forgotten to lock the door, which flung open during the elevation process. As the car went upward, the door started folding against the wall. It’s too bad because the car looked like it was in good condition before this mishap. What a pity!