Spilling Mr. Bean

He might be the bumbling Mr Bean on TV, but in real life, British actor Rowan Atkinson, who plays the not-so-lovable character, is anything but bumbling.

Atkinson, regarded as one of the funniest men in the world, is a business-savvy entertainer estimated to be worth more than 100 million British pounds (Php6.8 billion).

Mr. Bean with his on-screen mini

Mr. Bean with his on-screen mini

As for driving a tiny yellow mini, forget it. This Mr Bean is a collector of hyper-expensive supercars, including his favorite, a million-dollar (Php42m) McLaren F1 supercar.

But alas, Atkinson’s driving skills may sometimes be more akin to Mr. Bean than an F1 racing driver.

Rowan Atkinson, AKA Mr. Bean, in his McLaren  F1 before the crash

Rowan Atkinson, AKA Mr. Bean, in his McLaren F1 before the crash

Driving recently at what Atkinson said was an embarrassingly slow speed he lost control of

Mr. Bean's supercar after the crash

Mr. Bean's supercar after the crash

his McLaren on a wet patch of the A605 in Haddon, England, before spinning several times and crashing into a tree and a lamp post.

Aktinson escaped serious injury though the left-hand side door had to be cut away to remove him. Unfortunately, his rare McLaren F1 was was not so lucky. It was wrecked and caught on fire though rescue crews did manage to eventually put it out.

It might be possible to rebuild the car, but if not it will be a costly accident for Atkinson. Another F1 recently sold at an auction in London for more than $4m (Php178m).

This is the second time Atkinson, 56, has crashed his beloved McLaren. In 1999 he was involved in an accident crash with a Rover Metro, but again he escaped injury.

So, just what kind of car does Mr Bean get for a million dollars?

His F1, which he bought 15 years ago, is one of only 106 built by McLaren between 1993 and 1998. The chief engineer Gordon Murroy`s concept refers to the use of expensive materials like carbon, titanium, gold and for the first time, the use of a carbon fiber monocoque chassis.

It remains one of the fastest production cars with a top speed of more than 386 kph and a 3.2-second 0-to-100 kph acceleration.

The supercar is powered by an V12 engine built by BMW producing 627 HP at 7400 rmp. The F1 was the fastest production car in the world until the Bugatti Veyron was introduced in 2005. That car has a top speed of 430 kph.

The F1 is lighter and has a more streamlined structure than even most of its modern rivals despite having one seat more than most similar sports cars, with the driver’s seat located in the middle and slightly forward of the passengers seating position providing excellent driving visibility.

The British car magazine Autocar said the McLaren F1 is the “finest driving machine yet built for the public road and it will be remembered as one of the great events in the history of the car.”

Good luck with the rebuild Mr Bean.


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