Insane Golf 5 GTI Crash at Nurburgring


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Tourist track days are huge at the Nurburgring. You just come with you Sunday best tire set, pay the very seasonable €27 per lap fee and do motorsport. If you're a hardcore fan, you can even get an annual subscription for €1,650.

Thousands of people come every week, but the sad reality of it all is that some of them crash… badly. Here's an example of a crash video, taken only yesterday (May 1st). A Golf GTI driver makes a mistake, coming in too fast. He goes onto the grass and crashes head-on into the barrier. This sends the hot hatch flying through the air.

It's a terrible looking crash to have in a car that's two generations old and not equipped with all the airbags modern Golfs get. However, both the driver and his passenger are fine.

While racing on the Nurburgring is cheap, crashing isn't. Besides the damage to his car, which hopefully in ensured, there are a number of other expenses.

For example, if the Armco safety truck comes out, that's €150, followed by €10 per square meter of debris that needs to be cleared. Since this GTI is totaled, a recovery truck is needed, which is another €250. The damage to the track barrier is also a cost the "crashee" needs to take care of.


Go Kart Champion

Well he clearly had more speed than he could handle.

But the rear shouldn't have kicked out of him if he were on the gas. He probably freaked and hit the brakes with the outside wheels off the tarmac. Or he lifted abruptly just before the right rear wheel went off the tarmac, so the suspension settled once the wheel had already lost traction.


Glad to hear the driver is ok though. I've read how expensive car crashes can be and the total on some car crashes... yikes...

I've seen this video floating around the internet since it was released, and the comments from some ignorant people just boggles your mind.

This type of accident can happen to anyone, all it takes is a simple mistake or over-correction.


Go Kart Champion
Traction and stability control fully off... YOLO bitches I got this.


Go Kart Champion
its the elevation changes and bumps that unsettles the suspension and the tires lose grip. happens almost everyday at the ring.

well the track is gonna be closed for several hours...lets all go to the bar!!


The Lame & The Ludicrous
Once the wheels went off into the grass, there was no way to save it. He was braking, and he would have had next to no traction on the grass so the car is going to rotate. Panic sets in and he slams on the brakes even harder, making the situation worse.


Go Kart Champion
Ouch! Yes, once he hit the grass it was just beyond saving from there. Once you lose that grip, you're out of luck sadly. It's great to hear the driver and passenger are okay though.


Go Kart Champion


Passed Driver's Ed
Insured... tracking?

After all it's only $$ most important is that he is not injured :)
The Nurburg ring is actually classified as public road and not a track. But yes I think the insurance companies have figured out by now what you're doing there :D