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      08-03-2014, 03:44 PM   #1
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Arrow M5 Ring-Taxi crash closes Nürburgring today...




Nürburgring, Germany
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This morning's Nordschleife Touristenfahrten session was closed today - because of the M5 Ring-Taxi crashed on Nürburgring track - with paying customers aboard! Luckily no one was hurt except for the driver's ego. At first(early reports said) it was thought the crash was caused due to the driver drifting in the Brunchen-II turn. Turns out the driver of the Ring Taxi was just driving way over his head and the "red mist" got the better of his judgment. He really ought to have yielded and pulled over to the right to let the red Porsche driver pass him. But he did not. Instead he went too "hot" into Brunchen-II. By the time the driver's realized what was happening, he was also a passenger before impacting the guard rail to driver's right.

Our friend Dale over at BridgeToGantry published some really good pics and video of today's Ring Taxi crash.



Dale wrote:

The red lights came on early this Sunday morning as a BMW Ring-Taxi power-oversteered out of Brünnchen 2 and into the fence on the right-hand-side between Brünnchenn and Eiskurve.

The red Porsche GT2 was GLUED to the rear bumper of the BMW Ring-Taxi all the way from Wipperman to Eschbach.

Lights blazing.

What does that mean?

It means MOVE RIGHT. It means you're being overtaken. The Nordschleife is not a place to let your pride and ego take control of your driving. It doesn't matter who you are, what you're driving. Just move over.

I drum it into beginners at every one of my safety briefings.

And what if you've got paying passengers in your car? Do I really need to write this down for you?!

So when you watch the video, what can you see stuck to the bumper three corners later?

That same red Porsche GT2.

And how does the BMW driver crash? It's no failed drift attempt, as I wrongly reported earlier today (based on eye-witness accounts). Oh no, it's nothing so ambitious!

It's a plain and simple "oh shit, I've gone too fast and I can't control it."

A beginner's mistake, if I'm going to be brutal.




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Looking at the photo above, I think the driver knows it too.

BMW, you need local experts with thousands and THOUSANDS of laps of the 'Ring. Not just in racing, not just in testing. But in public driving too. Because public driving is a skill set all on its own.

Your brand, your reputation, your call.

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      08-03-2014, 07:15 PM   #2
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Unhappy Bad day for Ringtaxi

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      08-03-2014, 07:21 PM   #3
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Fuccckkkkkk and it still freaking is driveable after!
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      08-03-2014, 07:22 PM   #4
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That's terrible, even the pros make mistakes. This has me worried about driving the ring on my upcoming ED in October.
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      08-03-2014, 07:25 PM   #5
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That's terrible, even the pros make mistakes. This has me worried about driving the ring on my upcoming ED in October.
It took a video of an M5 crashing to make you realize you might not make it out intact? lol
Don't ever let yourself become docile into letting your guard down.
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      08-03-2014, 07:30 PM   #6
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Looks like driver came in a little hot...... car (P car) right on their tail.......everyone makes mistakes.. Sucks.
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      08-03-2014, 07:37 PM   #7
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Looks like driver came in a little hot...... car (P car) right on their tail.......everyone makes mistakes.. Sucks.
Actually looks like he gave it just a bit too much gas too early on the exit and the torque cause a bit too much wheel slip.
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      08-03-2014, 07:40 PM   #8
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DSC off or MDM? Either way I wonder if he had those nannies on whether that would have saved him. Hopefully everyone is ok.
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I've seen a lot of nice cars get wrecked on that turn on the ring
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      08-03-2014, 08:01 PM   #10
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DSC off or MDM? Either way I wonder if he had those nannies on whether that would have saved him. Hopefully everyone is ok.
They probably would have, but they would have made him slower too lol
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DSC off or MDM? Either way I wonder if he had those nannies on whether that would have saved him. Hopefully everyone is ok.
Looks like DSC OFF!
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It took a video of an M5 crashing to make you realize you might not make it out intact? lol
Don't ever let yourself become docile into letting your guard down.
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I needed this -
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Looks like DSC OFF!
True
Thus dark with DSC on is hard to veer off or swerve or be sideways even in bad weather unless you are asking for it!
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      08-04-2014, 09:05 AM   #14
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It's a green hell after all
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(( it happens to the best of us! No one is perfect!
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Oh dear. Happy everyone is ok but man am I cringing with embarrassment for the driver.
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I can't understand why was he pushing it with passengers in it? I mean drive at 75% and have fun safely it's not a race.
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bleh, they can buff it out.
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Well, I've driven the Ring and can tell you on nice days, it is mostly chaos because there are so many drivers, all with cars of varying speed. I would strongly suggest anyone doing ED without knowledge of the track consider renting a car to drive rather than their own car. There are a few great companies just outside of the parking lot. I witnessed 4 crashes in just a matter of hours, most of which where an obvious total loss. Drivers in ferrari's, porche's, and the like yield to no one, not that they should, but I'm just saying it is pretty crazy because you are watching your mirrors as much as the road in front. The Ring Taxi appears to have got caught up in trying to stay ahead of the car behind, so if it can happen to him, it can happen to your brand new Bimmer.
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Surely DSC OFF, that kind of slip at that kind of speed would not have been possible in MDM-mode.

It doesn't sound like he gave it too much throttle on the way out, but he carried quite a lot of speed going in and running wide on the exit seems to have caused the back wheels to lose control. Glad everyone seem to be OK.
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maybe it was on purpose
passenger wanted a cool shot.

It looked like there was a line of P cars waiting to pass
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