Friday, August 5, 2011

"Mr. Bean" Injured in Car Accident

British actor Rowan Atkinson, famed for his "Mr. Bean" television shows and films, is recovering in a hospital after crashing his $1 million supercar, according to reports. The 56-year-old comedian, also known for the "Blackadder" historical comedy shows, was expected to be discharged on Friday after treatment for a shoulder injury, the Daily Mirror reported. Atkinson was driving his McLaren F1 supercar — one of the world's fastest road cars, the newspaper said. 

The F1 has a top speed of 230 miles per hour. Atkinson's spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment. Police and firefighters said that a vehicle crashed late Thursday close to Haddon, a village about 85 miles north of London. The car struck a tree, a lamppost and caught on fire, authorities said. "Crews brought the fire under control by 8:13 p.m. They made the vehicle safe and used one hose reel to put out the fire," a spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Comedian Rowan Atkinson, best known to many as Mr. Bean, reportedly suffered a minor injury after his McLaren F1 car spun off a road and crashed into a tree and lamppost in Haddon, Cambridgeshire.

Atkinson walked away from the scene safely with a minor shoulder injury. The F1 supercar he was driving caught fire but was later put out by firefighters who arrived at the scene.

"We were called to the scene of a single vehicle collision on the A605 near Haddon at about 7.30 pm (1830 GMT) yesterday," a local police spokesman said.

"The driver of the vehicle, a man, was taken to Peterborough City Hospital."

Atkinson is known to have a passion for fast cars, a stark contrast to his comedic character which brought him to fame and stardom.

The McLaren F1 is one of the fastest production cars in the world and has a top speed of 230 miles (370 kilometers) per hour. It is worth around £650,000.

Atkinson is also best known for appearing in comedy shows like “Blackadder” and recently appeared in the popular British motoring TV show Top Gear. He has starred in movies such as Johnny English in 2003 and James Bond’s “Never Say, Never Again” alongside Sean Connery in 1983. By BRIAN YALUNG (With reports from AFP).

Acceleration:3,5 sec.
Top speed:370 km/h.
Transmission:6 - speed manual
Design:6,1 litre V12 engine
Displacement:6064 cc
Maximum Bhp680 hp / 7800 rmp
Tires Front:235/45ZR 17
Tires Back:315/45ZR 17
Length:4288 mm
Width:1821 mm
Height:1140 mm
 McLaren F1 Photos:

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