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Spectacular video shows moment car sank in terrifying rally crash

Video shows moment car sank in terrifying rally crash Credit: FIA World Rally Championship

Incredible footage of the moment a rally car skidded off the track and crashed into a lake has been released.

The dramatic video from inside the car shows the swerve before falling down a steep bank during the Rally Mexcio. The windscreen cracks and seconds later the driver and navigator are forced to climb out of the windows as water rushes inside.

Footage courtesy of FIA World Rally Championship.

MSport driver Ott Tanak suffered the spectacular crash on the opening day of the rally.

Both himself and his co-driver Raigo Mõlder managed to free themselves from their safety harnesses and swim to the edge of the lake before the car was dragged under water.

Despite the Ford Fiesta being submerged in the water for ten hours, the Msport mechanics managed to rebuild the whole car in just three hours.

You can also see the frightening moment the car went into the lake here:

Footage courtesy of FIA World Rally Championship.

This is something that we have never seen before. The car has been gone all day, submerged at the bottom of a lake, full of water, and the team had to do a full rebuild in just three hours!

It was a crazy challenge, but I knew the M-Sport guys would be up for it. I have massive respect for my team. This was a huge task to do, but they have worked as hard as they always do and I am so grateful to each and every one of them.

To get back out on the stages tomorrow is very important for me and Raigo. We need to rebuild our confidence and get back behind the wheel, and my team have made that happen this evening.