The Nürburgring Nordschleife has the reputation as one of the most difficult tracks in the world to master – deservedly so. With 14 miles of roadway and about 160 corners over a massive amount of elevation change, the amount of grip can change from turn to turn. As the driver of the famous BMW Ring Taxi learned this weekend after a shunt into the barricades, the 'Ring can bite unsuspecting pros just as easily as amateurs.

The video of the incident below shows the M5 oversteering right into the wall as a phalanx of Porsche models arrive behind it. According to Bridge to Gantry, a website that specializes in news about the 'Ring, the taxi's passengers were picked up by another Ring Taxi and driven off with a fantastic story to tell their friends back home. "The accident happened at low speed, there were two passengers in the car, but no one had at any injuries," said BMW spokesperson Cypselus von Frankenberg to Autoblog via email.

The crash also closed track for over an hour to clean up and to haul the stricken BMW away. When a driver making a living from driving lap after lap at the Nordschleife has a crash even as seemingly minor as this one, it just goes to show why the course has the nickname 'The Green Hell.'


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      i-Zapp
      • 4 Months Ago
      two comments: surprisingly, from the video it seems the driver barely even steering INTO the slide to correct. for sure he has more driving ability than me, but it just looked odd - possibly he was just too cavalier with the oversteer and it got away from him? and second, why in the world would cars stop on the track and jam up the path through an apparently high speed blind corner. I DO ride (bikes) tracks and that's a real no-no. that accident could have gone from bad to worse.
      Soccer Mom
      • 4 Months Ago
      Does anyone recognise the corner?
        Georg
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Soccer Mom
        this is exit Bruennchen heading to Eiskurve
        JaredN
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Soccer Mom
        I don't know the name of the corner, but if it is the one that I think it is, it is particularly notorious for exactly this type of accident.
          Manuel Dallagrassa
          • 4 Months Ago
          @JaredN
          Yes there are many Youtube videos about accidents happening at this turn
      BimmerHQ.com
      • 4 Months Ago
      The nurburgring takes so many victims haha, rich people in rich cars but they cant handle the ring.
      Iamazing
      • 4 Months Ago

      This is what happens when you drive like a woman.

      Ted
      • 4 Months Ago

      Bmw's are known for under steer and then followed by (snap) over steer Most driver's learn their way around it but some don't ..

      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 4 Months Ago

      But WAIT.  All the "enthusiast" here prefer OVERSTEER

      Mike
      • 4 Months Ago

      Ruh roh, was that Sabine Schmitz?

      sloturbo
      • 4 Months Ago
      Doesn't look like a low-speed crash to me.
        marv.shocker
        • 4 Months Ago
        @sloturbo

        Right? For a big sedan, looks like he was getting after it. But I'm sure the hot shoes at AutoBlog know more than us mortals...

      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago

      Ouch.

      Kevin Douglas Berg
      • 4 Months Ago
      You bloggers must be getting something under the table for the everyday or nearly everyday mentioning this NAZI racetrack. I put this up there with more editions of the Mustang, Bugatti, Mercedes, Nissan GTR, etc etc. Do you get a German Hooker and a Case of the Fatherland's best Swill when you go over there again? You pimp this out like a desperate Crack Whore from Detroit, whose only John wakes up every other 3rd day after drinking a case of scotch =P
        marv.shocker
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Kevin Douglas Berg

        Dude…WTF are you talking about? Everyone talks about the 'ring, not just AutoBlog. It's the world's most difficult track, and a performance benchmark for automotive development. Besides that, what's wrong with a German hooker and a case of German beer? 

      Hernan
      • 4 Months Ago
      Are those cars' brake lights actually flashing or is that a video artifact? If they ARE flashing, is that a standard feature, or a mod?
        Paul
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Hernan
        LED tail lights have a very high refresh rate or flicker that is invisible to the naked eye but appears in digital video recordings.
          Jay
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Paul
          Paul - u are correct. I have video of my 911 from the rear and it looks exactly the same when recording at 30fps.
          Narom
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Paul
          That's not the same, new cars have brake lights that flash when the middle pedal is slammed to the floor.
          Paul
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Paul
          Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKyI_86zc9M#t=53s
          marv.shocker
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Paul

          Cool info! I always wondered about that…you see it all the time on Top Gear UK.

        Narom
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Hernan
        It's not a mod. Most newish cars over here now have it so signify that the car in front is braking ruddy hard!
          jonnybimmer
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Narom
          If you follow UK Top Gear episodes, you can notice when cars started to have this feature, particularly when they brake hard for the sharper corners during their lap attacks. Always thought it was a great idea, makes me wonder if there's an absurd law (like the one preventing adaptive headlights because the high beams & low beams must be separate) that restricts such systems from being implemented in cars here in the US.
        KC
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Hernan
        Adaptive brake lights are standard in Europe. They flash the brake lights quickly to indicate emergency braking.
        LW
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Hernan

        LED not syncing up with the camera's shutter speed.

          Rob Nance
          • 4 Months Ago
          @LW

          Not sure what you're trying to say here.  LEDs don't have a pulse if that's what you're implying, you're thinking of florescents maybe,

      Don Dicker
      • 4 Months Ago

      Not much correction from steering input or lack of!

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