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 |  Jan 01 2012, 2:00 PM

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Three months ago, Zahir Rana crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while racing the Targa Newfoundland Rally in his $2 million modified Ferrari Enzo. The owner of exotic car dealer ZR Auto, Zahir Rana emerged from the accident without a scratch while his Enzo suffered $100,000 in damages.

Then, thanks to a video of the crash uploaded to YouTube, Rana and his Ferrari became an internet sensation overnight, garnering more than a million views in its first week. Although he received criticism from those who mocked his ability to pilot a Ferrari as well as those that disapproved his expensive hobby, Rana answered his critics by shipping his Enzo back to Germany for repairs and for the fitment of a new, more powerful, 950-hp motor.

During an interview after the incident, Rana said, “It gave me another thing to live for.” In fact, Rana adds, “Gee, this was so much fun, I’m going to do it again. Gonna do bigger, better next time.”

Rana is well into laying the groundwork for his return to Targa Newfoundland next year. Preparing his refurbished Ferrari, Rana will be joined with a surprising number of fellow racers as well. Rana reveals, “Next year I’m going back again with 20 cars. All my friends and clients are now envious. They said, ‘oh we should have gone.’ It should be great. I’m looking forward to it.”

Watch the video of Rana’s crash and the Ferrari’s recovery from the ocean after the jump: Continue Reading…

 |  Sep 16 2011, 10:07 AM

The Targa Newfoundland just got a huge boost in popularity, thanks to Zahir Rana and his Ferrari Enzo.

Any time a Ferari Enzo rashes it’s big news. It’s even bigger when the car crashes into the Atlantic Ocean during a sanctioned open road race. You can’t buy publicity like this. And you probably couldn’t afford to either, with the car worth well over $1 million.

Driven by ZR Auto owner and exotic car enthusiast Zahir Rana, the car is no regular Enzo, but rather a highly modified version by Edo Competition made to look like the ultra-rare FXX and sporting some serious performance modifications. In the past had received a transplant from an FXX model (exactly how Rana managed to get a hold of such an engine is a mystery). More recently it had been converted with a twin-turbo setup, although it’s not known if that was the engine being used during the Targa Newfoundland race.

Watch video of the crash, and the car’s recovery from the ocean after the jump:

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