Nordschleife Pile-Up: The Aftermath


We knew that last weekend's eight-car crash on the Nurburgring was pretty bad, but this video makes you realise just how much worse it could have been.

It's been taken by a chap who arrived at the scene after the first crash, but just before the 'Ring taxi arrives on the scene.

What with crashed cars and their bits strewn across the road, drivers taking to the grass to avoid them, and others even stopping on track, it's quite an astonishing scene. And quite amazing that the result wasn't actually any worse...

 

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  • 5lab 12 Oct 2011

    daz3210 said:
    5lab said:
    maybe they should have taken it easy into roadworks, but for me the whole point of the ring taxi is that its driven on the edge by a pro. The definition of that entails that, at several points on the track, it will be going so fast as to be unable to stop within the distance visable. They could plod along within IAM parameters, but (for me) that'd completely negate the point of the experiance
    In other words you condone the Ring Taxi driving in a dangerous manner?
    I wouldn't call it dangerous. This is the only ring taxi accident I'm aware of in the last 5 years (I think an e39 m5 went off at one point??) given the number of laps that they do, I'd call that significantly safer than the average ring driver.

    I'd call it managed risk, rather than dangerous. And yeah, I'm more than happy for ring taxis to drive like that..

    groomi said:
    I was quite clearly only talking about the roadworks.
    sorry, wasn't a direct reply to your comment, more of a reply to comments saying the ring taxi should be driven better in general


  • daz3210 12 Oct 2011

    5lab said:
    maybe they should have taken it easy into roadworks, but for me the whole point of the ring taxi is that its driven on the edge by a pro. The definition of that entails that, at several points on the track, it will be going so fast as to be unable to stop within the distance visable. They could plod along within IAM parameters, but (for me) that'd completely negate the point of the experiance
    In other words you condone the Ring Taxi driving in a dangerous manner?

  • groomi 12 Oct 2011

    5lab said:
    groomi said:
    B16JUS said:
    Silly doing work when its open when it could easily have been done out of hours.

    Regarding radio in ring taxi ive been in them twice and both times they have had a motorola handheld radio in them maby only to communicate with the bmw office at the ring entrance but even so a message could have been passed on quickly.
    The point is, as a business based at the 'Ring every day, they should have been made aware of the roadworks and the location beforehand.

    We don't know whether that did or did not happen.

    If they did know, then there is no excuse for barrelling into the area too fast to stop if required.
    maybe they should have taken it easy into roadworks, but for me the whole point of the ring taxi is that its driven on the edge by a pro. The definition of that entails that, at several points on the track, it will be going so fast as to be unable to stop within the distance visable. They could plod along within IAM parameters, but (for me) that'd completely negate the point of the experiance
    I was quite clearly only talking about the roadworks.

  • 5lab 12 Oct 2011

    groomi said:
    B16JUS said:
    Silly doing work when its open when it could easily have been done out of hours.

    Regarding radio in ring taxi ive been in them twice and both times they have had a motorola handheld radio in them maby only to communicate with the bmw office at the ring entrance but even so a message could have been passed on quickly.
    The point is, as a business based at the 'Ring every day, they should have been made aware of the roadworks and the location beforehand.

    We don't know whether that did or did not happen.

    If they did know, then there is no excuse for barrelling into the area too fast to stop if required.
    maybe they should have taken it easy into roadworks, but for me the whole point of the ring taxi is that its driven on the edge by a pro. The definition of that entails that, at several points on the track, it will be going so fast as to be unable to stop within the distance visable. They could plod along within IAM parameters, but (for me) that'd completely negate the point of the experiance

  • groomi 12 Oct 2011

    B16JUS said:
    Silly doing work when its open when it could easily have been done out of hours.

    Regarding radio in ring taxi ive been in them twice and both times they have had a motorola handheld radio in them maby only to communicate with the bmw office at the ring entrance but even so a message could have been passed on quickly.
    The point is, as a business based at the 'Ring every day, they should have been made aware of the roadworks and the location beforehand.

    We don't know whether that did or did not happen.

    If they did know, then there is no excuse for barrelling into the area too fast to stop if required.

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