Slate's Daniel Engber explains
how it is we know that shady Gizmondo chieftain Stefan
Ericksson's grand theft
'd Ferrari Enzo was going precisely 162mph at the time of impact, ripping the car into two pieces. It would be
difficult to condense the variables that go into this determination, but here goes:
- Inventory where
the pieces ended up (like the gun ... or Dietrich?)
- Factor in the "coefficient of friction" of
- Apply some rudimentary physics
Investigators also use the level of damage from the impact and, using data compiled by manufacturers and
insurance companies (who else?), they can extrapolate the car's speed. Oh yeah, and there's a black box whose
information isn't always reliable or applicable, so investigators usually use a combination of all three techniques to
triangulate a correct answer. In this case: 162mph.
Question is, how much--in Gizmondos--does an
investigation like this cost taxpayers? Twenty Gizmondos ... fifty?