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Ariel Atom crash in Belgium kills journalist

An unfortunate Ariel Atom crash in Belgium has resulted in the death of a journalist. Michael Cornette, of the Krant van West-Vlaanderen in Belgium, was taking a passenger ride in the very quick lightweight supercar at the time.

The Ariel Atom was being driven by Mattieu Desmet at the time of the crash. He is currently in induced coma in hospital with severe kidney damage. The pair were preparing a feature with the Atom in anticipation of the upcoming Brussels Motor Show starting on January 12.

It is believed the two were driving the Ariel Atom at high speed before losing control of the 612kg stripped out supercar. The force of the impact was said to have pushed the frame back by around 250mm.

Sadly, Cornette leaves behind his wife and son.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.