Rowan Atkinson Receives £900k From Insurers’ Payout

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Rowan Atkinson received a giant bill worth £900,000 as payment from car insurers to fix his McLaren F1.

Mr Bean’s shoulder was damaged when he rammed his beloved McLaren F1 on the A605 near Haddon, Cambridgeshire two years ago, but the insurance bill is thought to be the highest ever in the UK.

According to Sky News, Ben Stagg from specialist insurer RK Harrison said, “All modern supercars are predominantly carbon fibre – most Lamborghinis, most Ferraris – and the smallest ding in carbon fibre is a big repair job.”

"And part of the engine bay is gold, that's the best heat conductor. It's the materials they used compared to everyday cars that make it so expensive. It depresses me when great cars are hidden away. It's a crime not to use it."

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It took a year to restore his damaged car which is worth more than £3M, and now Atkinson’s annual insurance premium could be as high as £60,000 following his claim. Last year, he spoke in an interview about what he learned from crashing his beloved car.

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