Sad news to relay today, Autoblog.nl are reporting that a journalist, 35-year-old Michael Cornette, was killed while travelling as a passenger in an Ariel Atom 3. The driver, 30-year-old Matthieu Desmet, has been placed in an induced coma after suffering severe kidney damage. The accident happened during a test drive for the Belgian newspaper Krant van West-Vlaanderen.
The accident happened in Harelbeke, Belgium and the cause was said to be excessive speed. The driver lost control of the lightweight track car, hitting a grain silo and instantly killing the passenger. The road test was carried out in the run up to the Brussels Motor Show later this month.
According to Nieuwsblad, the force of the accident was so great that the silo’s moved 10 inches.